‘Toy Story 4’ Is Exactly What I Expected: Good

With Toy Story 4 becoming available to watch on Disney Plus I figured it’d be best to revisit my review of the film. Enjoy!

If you’ve checked to see what Toy Story 4‘s rating among critics has been and glimpsed the 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes or the 7.9 out of 10 scores on IMDb let me assure you, it deserves those ratings.

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Toy Story 3 was supposedly the end of the franchise that had started in 1995 and it was a great story as it transitioned little Andy from childhood to adulthood and the imminent but bittersweet breakup between Andy and his favorite toys. It was a tear-inducing “finale” that ended up not only winning Best Animated Film but was only the second animated movie to also be nominated for Best Picture.

It was perfectly written, it told a concise story, and it left people happy. No one was clamoring for a sequel like we wished for a sequel to The Incredibles but we were given one anyway and it was worth the wait.

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Toy Story 4 now focuses on the toys’ new owner, Bonnie. While going to kindergarten for the first time she makes herself a toy crafted out of your common spork and names him Forky. She immediately falls in love with the toy but here’s the thing, the spork’s only goal in life is to be used for food and then thrown in the trash, so to be created as a toy is practically a living nightmare for the spork. Let me assure you, it’s hilarious.

When the spork eventually manages to jump ship and get away on a road trip it’s up to Woody to bring him back home.

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On the adventure, he runs into his old friend Bo Beep who is now a full-fledged warrior/survivor/awesome-toy-heroine. With her come new toys that join the adventure such as her lost-toy compatriot, Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), retired stunt-toy, Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves), and there are two other new toys that end up on the adventure as well that bring pure comedy to the movie, Ducky and Bunny, voiced by the iconic comedy duo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

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Let me tell you right now. They are so funny they need their own movie. I would totally pay folding money for that.

But back to the movie at hand. The adventure is expectedly filled with plenty of humor provided mainly by Forky (who is HILARIOUS for all of the reasons above) and Ducky and Bunny, some expected action, a tiny bit of horror which is also the classic Toy Story way, and the patented emotional moments that grow more and more sentimental until the next thing you know you’re in a puddle of your own tears.

My Conclusion of the Film

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Toy Story 4 is a great movie that will please adults and children alike but it isn’t, personally, my favorite of the franchise simply because it almost feels like a broken record. The scenarios may be different, there will be new characters to enjoy, but every film’s goal is to try to make you cry and after a while, that can become boring. I could predict what was going to happen at the film’s conclusion in the first half of the movie so I wasn’t surprised.

And yeah I cried. Who wouldn’t? The movie got to my emotions, as it always manages to do, but Toy Story is and will always be the best one simply because it was the first. Nothing had been made like it before and it was amazing. These sequels are just well-written, not exactly necessary additions to a perfect story.

I’m giving this movie 93 out of 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was a good movie, no doubt, and I highly recommend it, but it didn’t blow my socks off, unfortunately.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. To Infinity and Beyond.

 

2 thoughts on “‘Toy Story 4’ Is Exactly What I Expected: Good”

  1. I have a question for you. I found Bo Beep this movie to be both frustrating and very enjoyable.

    For example, she is pretty damned mean to Woody at times. For example, she jokingly refers to him as her accessory at one point. I was like, “Damn lady, that’s not a flattering look for you!” Sure, Woody is a jerk to Buzz in Toy Story 1, but it feels like this movie is asking me to admire Bo Beep, whereas in Toy Story 1 the movie isn’t very approving of Woody’s behaviour towards Buzz. Do you think she’s too mean?

    I do love how her shepherd’s crook is utilized in the action scenes, though!

    I agree with you and your reason why Toy Story 1 is the best of the bunch. However, I gotta admit, T4 might be the most psychologically sophisticated of them all.

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    1. Hmm…good question. To be honest, the last time I watched this movie all the way through was last year so I don’t distinctly remember her being mean.

      She said that about Woody? Ouch. Lol.

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