Starring Sam Elliot, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ruitter and Laura Prepon, The Hero is all about an ailing movie star (Elliott) who’s coming to terms with his past and mortality…
I’m tuning in because I like the subject matter. Not to drag things to the dark side a little bit, but we’ll all be ailing at some point and I like finding out how other people deal with it. Additionally, I’m a Sam Elliott fan. I remember liking his performance in I’ll See You In My Dreams (2015). I appreciated his performance almost as much as I did the deep bass in his voice.
It was my curiosity about the movie’s title that lead me to watch. I just had to know precisely what it is that makes a dinosaur good.
Directed by Peter Sohn and starring the voices of Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Disney’s The Good Dinosaur is a film about a very unlikely friendship. One between a dinosaur (Arlo) and a young human (Spot).
In terms of the elements of the story, there unfortunately isn’t much that I haven’t already seen before in other Disney movies. Except maybe the period in time. Beyond the setting, the film sticks very closely to the Disney animated movie formula – which is good in some ways but mostly it just left me longing for difference. This I’m isn’t what the films most obvious target market feels, but such is the way that only with time and experience can cliches be called out.
For me personally, unless a movie is really, really terrible, there’s usually something that stands out in a good way about it. Now, I definitely wouldn’t place The Good Dinosaur anywhere near the most memorable of Disney movies, but I did enjoy the surprise of what unfolds soon after Arlo asks for help from the flying creatures, as I also did the cuteness of the ‘critter.’
So, The Good Dinosaur, It’s not the best, but see it if something really, really appeals.
Written and directed by Paul Weitz, Grandma is a comedy/ drama that follows a troubled, no nonsense grandmother played by Lily Tomlin, as she tries to help her teenage granddaughter with a time-sensitive personal crisis.
Also starring Nat Wolff, Judy Greer, Julia Garner and Marcia Gay Harden, I enjoyed this movie as a well written and acted production. A lot of the humour comes from Tomlin’s troubled and acerbic grandma character plus the encounters she has with people. People including her family, strangers and friends.
By the end, I found myself thinking about whether the so-called ‘great mother / daughter relationship’ is actually a myth. My conclusion is that nothing is perfect. Families face challenging times together and they make a decision to reach a resolution or not. Some people face bigger challenges than others which can make resolutions less likely.
Watch Grandma because it’s a good movie, well paced and it will make you grateful for everyone that has ever been there for you in your time of great need, including those you didn’t even know you needed until you had them there.