Toy Story 4 is now in theaters, and one can only hope after seeing it that Disney and Pixar have plans to keep the franchise going, because like its predecessors, it’s something special.
I didn’t find myself getting as emotionally wrecked from it as I anticipated going in, but I credit this to a less than ideal viewing experience thanks to scumbag parents bringing babies to late night movies, and for the fact that the film’s emotional moments felt more happy than anything else. No matter how you slice it though, is a fantastic experience from top to bottom, and offers up one of the better overall stories in the franchise.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.
“Hey now fans of one of the greatest animated franchises of all-time, Matt Heywood here to review Toy Story 4, because well, you’ve got a friend in me.
What can I say, Toy Story 4 is another example as to why many people consider the Toy Story franchise to be the greatest animated franchise of all-time. And while it mostly features the same plot tropes as the previous three movies, it’s carried out in a way that feels fresh, but oh so familiar and emotionally rewarding.
I really appreciated the direction that was taken with the old characters, especially Woody and Bo, and she takes the cake as the most intriguing character of the film. Bo provides a great contrast to Woody’s unflinching desire to be the number one caretaker of his own kid, and it helps him learn a few valuable lessons, which in turn set up some of the film’s most emotionally charged moments.
I will say that I didn’t get as emotionally wrecked as I thought I would watching this potential last Toy Story, but I credit much of this to the fact that I had sub humans in my screening that brought multiple babies with them, and allowed them to scream and cry for the whole movie. With that being said, the last act of the film definitely provides multiple moments for you to get a little sappy, but I just personally didn’t get as moved as I did when I watched the end of Toy Story 3 for the first time, which hit me hard as a lover of toys and passing that love on to younger generations.
Anyway, back to Toy Story 4, which easily features the best new characters to-date. Forky, Bonnie’s new created toy, is a clear front runner for best new character thanks to his awkward personality and less than perfect build. Although, I have to give Keanu Reeves’ Duke Caboom the title for best new Toy Story character, because like all things Keanu, he just manages to capture your attention and suck you into his stoic performance. Duke honestly provides some of the best and most funny moments, so I hope we see him again in some form or fashion.
Key and Peele’s Ducky and Bunny are also fun new additions, and their psychotic outlook on life makes for a few hilarious moments as well.
When it comes down to it, Toy Story 4 is just a great story that features both new and old characters that are unforgettable. It’s a 9 out of 10 type of movie, and I highly recommend seeing it in theaters, just not with crappy humans who have no respect for their fellow movie goers.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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