Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4: 6/10


The Toy Story movies have been a success in both box office and merchandise. It paved the way for Pixar after the release of the first one back in 1995 and has captured the hearts and minds of many generations since its inception.

After the third Toy Story brought in over one billion dollars a the box office it was invertible that a fourth movie was on its way and it would be the first movie in a post Andy life for our beloved toys. It was going to take a lot to top the third movie which in opinion is the best movie in the series but nevertheless I was looking forward to seeing the fourth and letting my inner child out for one more time.

I took my five-year-old nephew to see it who has become a bit of a cinema addict these days seeing Far From Home with me a few days prior to us seeing Toy Story. I’ll start off by saying he loved it but these films are made for kid’s enjoyment so I would have been really surprised if he turned around as the credits were rolling and said it sucked.

I know I did.

I’m not sure what it was that I didn’t like about it but it certainly lacked the heart and character of the previous three movies. The plot of the movie see’s Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys go on a road trip with Bonnie, who has made a new toy Forky, and her parents. It’s more or less a rehash of the first movie where Forky, just like Buzz, initially believes he’s only a fork and not a toy which results in Woody, who is doing everything he can to make Bonnie happy, looking after the eating utensil as they try get back to their owner.

It doesn’t add anything to the previous three movies and I begin to question why we needed it to happen in the first place after the perfect ending in Toy Story 3.

Let’s talk about poor Mrs Potato Head as well; she literally has zero lines in the entire movie! I could not stop laughing every time she came on screen I was hoping she would say at least something but she remains very much in the dark on everything despite what’s going on throughout the story.

There is a few nice moments but no matter how many You’ve Got A Friend In Me’s you throw in there it isn’t going to reach the heights of the previous three movies.

Like the rest of the movies the story is mainly centred around Woody and whilst keeping up with Forky he encounters Bo Peep, one of Molly’s toys who was separated from the rest years before the third movie. She no longer has an owner and helps other lost toys find owners which of course gives Woody a choice to make by the film’s end.

It’s the end of an era for sure as we see Woody give up his leadership and leave the gang for good, staying with Bo Peep but I was left feeling underwhelmed as the credits rolled thinking “Is that the best they can come up with?”.

Overall, it’s not a good or bad movie, it’s just a movie that doesn’t serve any real purpose. We got the perfect ending with Toy Story 3 so why go and ruin that by then creating a new one that doesn’t live up to the height of the third? For kids it’s another fun film for them to watch but for us adults that have had these toys in their life for a long time, it’s uneventful.

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