'Toy Story 4' Review
'Toy Story 4' Review
Pixar Has Done It Once Again
Pixar proves once again with ‘Toy Story 4’ that they are one of the best studios in Hollywood right now.
This new continuation of the Toy Story series stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen once again in their iconic roles. There are some new and returning side characters in the movie such as Duke Caboom voiced by Keanu Reeves, Bo Peep voiced by Annie Potts and Forky voiced by Tony Hale. The movie was directed by Josh Cooley. Being his first feature film, he handled it well. Giving us another fantastic addition to the Toy Story franchise.
The opening of the film is heartbreaking. Showing us what happened to Bo Peep between 'Toy Story 2' (★★★★½) and 'Toy Story 3’ (★★★★½) brought me to tears.
The movie focuses a heavy amount of its run time on the new characters while giving the veterans a supporting role in the narrative.
Ducky and Bunny, two of the new characters are voiced by comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
Ducky and Bunny explaining Plush Rush to Buzz and Giggle McDimples in the antique store was one of the funniest scenes of the film.
Keanu Reeves continues to prove why the internet loves him as Duke Caboom, a toy based off a famous in-movie Canadian motorbike stunt driver.
He is quite funny and given this is his first voice acting role, he did a really good job.
Quite a bit of the film reminded me of 'Toy Story’ (★★★★½). Both movies don’t rely on the plot to advance the story but instead, use character choices to progress the plot. This makes their decisions feel more authentic and true to their character.
Gaby Gaby, the villain of the movie, was intriguing and sympathetic, Forky, who wasn’t in the movie for nearly as long as I expected, was a great addition to the gang and his existential crisis throughout the film lead to some funny jokes. Bo Peep, returning after her absence in ‘Toy Story 3’, had a great story arc and answered an interesting question, What if toys didn’t have a kid? Both Woody and Buzz’s character arcs were great. Their endings felt earnt and their journey to get to the ending wasn’t forced. It felt natural.
‘Toy Story 4’ may not be up to the quality of the other three films but it makes up for that in hilarious jokes. There wasn’t a dull joke throughout the movie.
It's amazing how Pixar is able to make us care about toys. Never has any movie studio been able to make us cry about inanimate objects.
The animation in this movie is jaw-dropping. With each new movie Pixar releases, the animation is always better than their last. At times it looked so realistic if you were to tell me that the shot was live-action, I would believe you.
Even though 'Toy Story 3' would have ended off the series perfectly, 'Toy Story 4' is yet another beautifully animated, hilarious and heartwarming continuation to the beloved franchise. Make sure to stay during the credits as there are several post-credit scenes.
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