Toy Story 4 | Our Review
Toy Story 4 – In Theaters Today!
- Rating: G
- Runtime: 100 Minutes
- Directed by: Josh Cooley
- Written by: Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keanu Reeves
Synopsis (courtesy imdb.com): Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s detour leads him to his long-lost friend, Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they are two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.
Gen X Review – by Angelina Assanti
I wish you could have been in the car on the way to this movie. I made a solid case against sequels. Perhaps because of the misfire that was Men in Black International – which was our movie last week.
However, from the opening scene of this movie, I realized this story was going to give us closure to the Toy Story saga. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you how much I detested Toy Story 3. That being said, this story has a creep factor that I found terribly amusing. My counterpart did not. If you or your kids like the Goosebumps movie (again, that sequel was not good either) you will get a kick out of this movie.
The filmmakers had the good sense not to scare the audience however, there is one jump scare that made me laugh. Speaking of laughing, I laughed out loud at least ten times in this movie. I have to say my favorite characters were Forky (Tony Hale) and Duke Caboom (Keanu Reeves). Duke, who plays a handsome Canadian daredevil who likes to ride motorcycles – this is the perfect casting of a real motorcycle-riding Canadian hunk. Those two added the humor in the movie, as well as the addition of comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
When I saw the trailers for this movie, I groaned. A spork? Really? How insulting to the audience. However, when I saw how the animators, writers, and director made a stupid, irrelevant waste product into an anthropomorphic being that toyed with my emotions, I knew this was going to be a great flick.
As far as Pixar goes, this was the best animation that I have ever seen. The details in the lights at a carnival, outdoors at the Grand Basin, as well as dust and cobweb details in an antique store pulled the viewer into the story than any animation to-date.
Tommy (the other reviewer for SWFL Online News) did not like the movie and does not recommend it. One the car ride back, we broke apart the movie and I explained what makes a good movie.
Yes, you have to suspend your beliefs. They are talking, living, breathing toys! But, they make you feel. There are also some good lessons here. First, Woody side-tracked. If he had stayed on-task, he would not have had the problems (and we would not have had a story). Second, Woody is loyal and we see him once again sacrificing himself for others. The team knows they have to work together to solve their problems and they do several times.
There is a heavy romantic vibe between Woody (Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts). That storyline has always been there but is definitely taken up a notch and we see the characters grow. The musical score was good the ending scene’s score was much akin to a Cary Grant movie. The story was resolved and they gave closure to fans of the original Toy Story – which true fans will appreciate. The audience clapped at the end – which Tommy said was his favorite part. Not the closure or happy end, he was just happy the movie ended.
How many family movies actually have a lesson anymore? Most of them nowadays leave parents embarrassed and annoyed by the smut and political messages being passed off as entertainment. Here you have a benign little story about sacrifice and friendship delivered with some good laughs. We need more entertainment like this and less from people in Hollywood with no ethics telling the audience how to live their lives.
I am closing this review with a response to Tommy’s review about the love story in the movie. I told him all movies have a love story. Let me use Keanu Reeves as an example, because why wouldn’t I?! Even John Wick had love as a theme in the storyline. The first fifteen minutes of the original Wick movie centered around the love he and his wife had for each other. Love is a theme in almost every movie.
I give this film 4 suns.
Gen Z Review – by Tommy D.
Being the younger reviewer of the two, I will always view these remakes in a different light than Angelina.
I grew up with this series, and it certainly was one of my favorites as a young child.
However, that has just made me much more critical of the newer movies. I thought that this plotline had totally lost the charm of the original Toy Story. Although I was not a huge fan of the movie, the animation was the best I have ever seen. Possibly Pixar’s best animation ever.
MILD SPOILER AHEAD: This film chose to pursue the love interest between two toys instead of going back to the original format of the toys overcoming an obstacle to get back to their kid. I do not understand why these filmmakers ever feel the need to pursue a love interest in children’s movies.
There is absolutely zero need to have a romantic relationship between two toys. This will always frustrate me.
Whatever the original plot was for the movie was completely overridden by Woody’s love story.
I give this movie 2 sun, for it’s animation.