Today I will be reviewing the movie newest movie in the Disney/Pixar franchise, Toy Story 4. Please note this review will give some plot points away but does NOT contain any major spoilers. All I am going to say is that the ending is REALLY powerful and emotional. Like, do NOT watch this movie if you have a tendency of crying or getting choked up easily. I have ZERO shame in admitting I teared up a few times during the movie. I actually full-on cried at the end. Moving on, I had the pleasure of seeing Toy Story 4 in 3D. Let me just say the 3D was absolutely stunning! The rain scenes in the movie are incredibly realistic! The premise of the movie is that Woody and Buzz’s “new kid” Bonnie (from Toy Story 3) is starting Kindergarten. Before Bonnie goes to orientation for her first day of school, she is told “toys can’t come to school”. Woody sneaks into Bonnie’s backpack and goes to school with her. While at orientation, Bonnie creates a new “friend”, Forky. Forky is made from a spork, popsicle sticks, and a pipe cleaner. Forky is voiced by Tony Hale. After the orientation, Bonnie’s parents tell her they are going on a road trip, and all her toys come with her.
A running plotline is that Forky sees himself as trash and not as a toy. He says “I was made for soup, salad, maybe chili, and then the trash!” Forky’s identity crisis is all too relatable to someone like me who is still trying to figure out their place in the world. Bonnie sees Forky as a real “friend”. Woody tries to prevent anything from happening to Forky. Actually, going back to what I said about Forky being a mess in an identity crisis, the same can be said for Woody. Woody’s fear of being a “lost toy” is a very real feeling of being alone. In case you haven’t seen the trailers for Toy Story 4, Forky gets loose and Woody goes after him. In turn, he gets lost. After Forky and Woody wind up in an antique shop, they meet Gabby Gabby and a few creepy ventriloquist dummies. After realizing what Gabby Gabby wants (a new voice box) Woody runs out of the shop. Forky is left in the shop. A little while later, Woody meets up with Bo Peep. Bo Peep and Woody go back for Forky in the antique store.
While I am on the subject of that antique store, let me just say WOW! There are so many Easter Eggs (references to other Pixar films in their other films) in the store! Blink and you will miss them. The references include the Luxo Ball, Tin Toy (the original Pixar short cartoon) and a parody of the Dog Poker painting with Dug from UP. So that in and of itself is amazing. Going back to the rest of the movie though…Bo Peep and her sheep changed their personas from innocent toy to a total badass heroine. And yes, there is a romantic undertone with Bo and Woody throughout the movie.
The movie also introduces two new plush toys, Bunny and Ducky. Bunny and Ducky are voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peel. I was unsure about these toys when I saw the trailer, but they were HYSTERICAL! The movie can get emotional and bittersweet, so it was nice to have some comic relief.
The last thing I want to talk about was the clientele at the movie theater. I’d expected to see a lot of kids in the theater. While this was the case, the audience mostly consisted of people my age. These are the people I assume grew up with the Toy Story franchise. The kids were laughing throughout the whole movie. The people who grew up with the Toy Story films, myself included, were getting extremely sentimental.
So should you go see this movie? That’s a tough question to answer. I am leaning more toward “yes” but that “yes” comes with a warning label. This movie is the end of an era. Again, I am NOT going to give away the end of the film, but it is hard to watch. So if you do see it, just keep this in mind. How am I going to rate this movie? I’m going to give it a 9.5/10. The reason it isn’t getting a perfect score is because it is just so emotional and for someone who grew up with Toy Story for 25 years, to see it end. So that’s my review of Toy Story 4. Let me know if you are planning on seeing the culmination of Toy Story. Or if you have seen it by the time you read this, let me know what you think. But when it comes to the ending, remember…SHHH!
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