Time to head to the theater and check out the latest movie right?
Last night, I went and saw Toy Story 4. I remember seeing the original in theaters ALL THE WAY back in 1995. At the time, it was a technical marvel of a movie. The first fully computer animated film ever made! While it looked amazing for 1995, what sold us on the movie was the story and the characters. Woody and Buzz Lightyear have been staples in movie history since the mid-90’s and it’s really hard to find anything to not like about these characters. The 3rd movie I felt was a perfect end to the series, which I won’t spoil that for you, but here we go with a 4th movie right? Could a 4th movie be welcome in a series that ended so well on the 3rd?
My quick review of Toy Story 4…
An Unnecessary but lovable movie.
Toy Story is one of those stories that you just can’t hate. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen just NAIL these roles so damn well, and I can’t imagine Woody and Buzz without those voices. Toy Story 4 is another instance in that and it showcases extremely well. It’s wonderfully nostalgic to hear much of the cast returning, even the voice of Mr. Potato Head’s Don Rickles whom passed away a few years ago, but they used archived voice tracks to bring him back. In a blink and you’ll miss it part toward the beginning of the movie when Woody is in the closet, he talks to a group of ‘unpicked’ toys…which little did I know were voiced by Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Betty White, and Carl Reiner! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?
Story wise though, the movie is really centered around Woody and trying to be everything he can be for his kid Bonnie. Watching her grow up, being there for her, but then finding out that Bonnie finds joy in something she creates out of a spork named ‘Forky.’ I obviously won’t give away too much here, but Woody basically does his best to make sure he is always there for Bonnie, even if that means he is not the ‘picked’ toy.
Like any film, there is some kind of villain, and in this case…you end up feeling incredibly sorry for her…and MAN!!! DOES IT TUG AT YOUR HEARTSTRINGS!!! Something about these darn Toy Story movies and their amazing writing that keeps you paying attention to every character!
I gotta give a hand to Keanu Reeves whom played the Evil Knievel knock off character. While Keanu isn’t the strongest voice actor, he knocks it out of the park with this role. He’s so ridiculous and funny and you can tell Keanu is having a little fun with this role.
I call this movie unnecessary because it didn’t really need to happen. Once again I mention the 3rd movie as it was a near perfect wrap up to the trilogy. It was a way for us viewers who grew up with these movies to wave a tearful goodbye to some of our favorite on-screen toys. Toy Story 4 feels like a ‘Well, I’m not done yet.’ type of movie. However, it’s so damn lovable and you’re struck with yet ANOTHER tearful ending, you forget about the 3rd movie and you’re sitting and enjoying a movie with your favorite characters.
These movies are for kids of all ages, and what I mean by all ages is ages 5-99. As adults, we were all kids once. Playing with toys in our bedrooms and giving life to little plastic figurines, and this movie touches that part of your memory.
It’s just a damn good movie, go check it out.