Howdy, Partners! When the Toy Story 4 trailer dropped a few months ago one thought was most prevalent in my mind: “Do we really need another Toy Story?” Well, I finally went to see Toy Story 4, so today I am bringing you a spoiler-free review. Was it as unnecessary as I thought?
The Toy Story franchise has been a sweet blessing to many people, including me. I have enjoyed all the movies, yet when the Toy Story 4 trailer released I was a bit let down. I really hoped they wouldn’t mess up an otherwise seemingly “complete” franchise. Nevertheless, when it came out, I heard good things about it, and I sat down in the theater not worried.
Like others have said, while Toy Story 3 wrapped up the story of the main gang of toys it did not fully achieve the story of the series’ main character: Woody. Toy Story 4 did. Woody, a usually angst-filled character, finally got the completion he always needed to fulfill his positive arc.
Most of the first part of the movie is about Woody’s constant struggle to save Bonnie’s new favorite toy, Forky, from the trash. Then the movie goes on a bit of a different tangent which follows more of the Woody and Bo-Peep storyline.
Because Woody got so much screen time some other well-known characters, like Jessie and Buzz, felt a little under-used.
Speaking of Buzz, my sister and I agreed that his character seemed a bit off… like he had reverted somewhat to his clueless Toy Story 1 personality. Still, he was funny.
I also wasn’t sure what the motivations/mindsets behind certain characters were in certain moments, including mostly Bo-Peep and Gabby Gabby (a new character), but I might just have to rewatch the movie to understand them better.
Bonnie, may I just say, was adorable.
My youngest brother did not see the movie because he has been afraid of some things in the previous movies. Sure enough, the dummies in this movie could be pretty creepy at times, and I don’t think he would have handled that well. This movie also came off slower paced than the previous films, but that might be just me. Anyway, I didn’t have a problem with those things.
I noticed that more than in the previous movie, certain characters felt much more human. That made characters, like Woody, much more relatable. It was a very nice aspect.
The movie invokes a variety of emotions from literal laugh out loud points, to crying in your seat moments, to times of simple serene delight. It really was adorable and nostalgic. I was in awe throughout the entire movie of what I was watching. The animation really was lovely.
I am glad they made Toy Story 4. It had some great messages and Pixar did a great job. They actually improved the franchise. 😀
Because it was so sweet and accomplished what it needed to so nicely, I am giving Toy Story 4, 5 out of 5 stars. Woody is my favorite character and this movie did him justice.
Have you seen Toy Story 4 yet? Which Toy story movie is your favorite? If you enjoyed the post feel free to hit that like button and I’ll be seeing you around. Bye, for now, everyone!