Cinematic Adventures: Toy Story 4

I am introducing a new blog series entitled “Cinematic Adventures” where I am going to give you a rundown and review of movies. I am a huge movie buff; I grew up watching film after film and completely fell in love with the process of film making and the actors and actresses who have graced the screen for generations. I was so into film making when I entered college and I took three different film courses, my professor told me that I had a “real eye for film making”, no big deal. I ended up going with a real lucrative college major, American History and Political Theory, that’s how you make the big bucks kids and I left the film making dream behind me. I never stopped loving movies and I still get a unique thrill about going to the theatre and seeing a movie. I recently have written a couple of screenplays, more as a therapeutic technique and an effort to always be improving my writing and growing my knowledge of film making because I find it fascinating. With saying all that, I am going to be reviewing movies as often as possible on the blog, some old, some new and giving you the readers my recommendation on whether or not you should see it, re-watch it or leave it in the trash.

After my trip to Disney and completely drinking the Kool-Aid on this entire organization, my wife and I went ahead and got the Disney+ streaming service. If you love Disney and want to take a stroll down memory lane, then I recommend this service for you. There are also some non-traditional Disney productions that are offered on the service, the three biggest are the Star Wars films, Marvel films and The Simpsons. We sat down last night and watched Toy Story 4, a film we both had wanted to see, primarily because this franchise was a huge part of our childhood.

Toy Story 4 is a 2019 animated film Directed by Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Tim Allen and Keanu Reeves. Let me preface this all by saying that all four of the Toy Story movies are some of the best animated films ever made, I think the first and third installments are both equally creative, funny and are at the top of the list in terms of animated features in my lifetime. Toy Story 4 is good, but it is the worst of the four films. By no stretch of the imagination is it a bad movie but it lacks the creative dialogue and character development that its predecessors had. The one reason I love the Toy Story films is for the relationship between Woody and Buzz, we only got to see partial interaction between these two iconic characters and at parts of the film, Buzz was a dumbed down version of his witty self that we saw in the second and third installments of this franchise.

Woody shares the screen with Bo Peep who is now a lost toy and a complete badass, helping Woody and the rest of the gang on their latest mission. The new character that was introduced was “Forky”, a spork who was made by the toys kid, Bonnie. Forky believes that he belongs in the trash where he is comfortable and is not a toy, Woody must convince him that he his Bonnie’s toy and throughout the film, Woody keeps his watchful eye on him as he continually tries to jump into the trash. It’s a funny concept that generates some laughs throughout.

The main antagonist in the film is a doll named Gabby and her crew of creepy puppets. Toy Story gives a quick nod to the Kubrick classic “The Shining” by playing the same, unsettling music that we hear in the Overlook Hotel. When Woody enters the antique store where Gabby and the puppets rule the land, the music is perfectly timed and creates an awesome environment. Great work by the filmmakers.

The ending of this film is a full-on blow of nostalgia and an eerie reminder that we aren’t kids anymore, we’ve grown up with this franchise and it is finally coming to an end. I was two years old when Toy Story was released and to see Woody and Buzz say their final goodbye to each other was a lot to handle for this blogger. I didn’t cry, however, I got choked up. You must see the movie in order to appreciate this parting of ways and the way that Woody feels he can make a difference in the World for kids, that was the real message of the film. It’s crazy to think that a toy can make a profound impact in a kid’s life, but they do! I’m sure we can all sit back and think about our favorite toy as a child and what that meant to us and the countless hours, we spent playing with it. For me, it was the countless Batman action figures I had or my collection of G.I. Joes, I would set them up and stage tremendous battles for hours on end. That was always the awesome part of the Toy Story franchise for me, seeing the interaction between the toys and the dedication from Woody to do everything he can to make Andy or Bonnie happy.

For all intents and purposes, this seems to be the last ever film in the iconic Toy Story franchise and they wrapped it up on a somber but fulfilling note, I suggest you check this film out for yourself. The work that Pixar does makes you forget you are watching an animated film and you get lost in how realistic the animation is. Having Randy Newman back with some more songs always makes it worthwhile, guy is a legend of the game.

Scor’s Cinematic Adventure Rating: 7.3/10