I was provided with passes to see this movie – all opinions are mine.
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I have to start this review off by letting you know that I stan everything about the Toy Story saga, and (despite the fact I don’t recall crying that hard ever in my life except maybe when my engagement dissolved) have been a huge fan since the first movie hit theatres my junior year of high school. So I might be a little biased.
But what’s not to like about a lovely coming-of-age story? Especially when it has humor that hits all ages of funny bones, captures your imagination with amazing animation and every new movie in the franchise boasts a new character to fall in love with? (incidentally, I ran a very informal poll on my Instagram account this week to see how many people say they don’t like Toy Story – 6% of the people said they did not!)
I was a little wary of where they were going to take this movie, since switching out Andy for Bonnie as the main character after the Sunnyside Daycare disaster in Toy Story 3. I realized about halfway through the movie how brilliant this is – my generation grew up with Andy and his imagination, but my kids get to grow up with an entirely new imaginary world with Bonnie.
In addition to a heart-warming storyline, Pixar movies always have so much to look for. Toy Story is definitely no exception. From the backdrop to the music to the lines the character deliver, there’s a ton of “Easter eggs”, inside jokes and goofy little innuendos that can crack a smile on even the toughest of teenagers.
Here’s a couple of things to keep an eye out for when you go see Toy Story 4:
- Duke Caboom. It’s Keanu Reeves, y’all. The darling of the internet. The nicest man in Hollywood. What’s not to like? He’s playing a motorcycle-riding stuntman with a bitchin’ jumpsuit and a Canadian flag cape. I’m trying to figure out how I can convince my Canadian boyfriend to dress up like him for Halloween or Comicon….
- Adult faces. I cannot recall if they showed adult faces in Toy Story 3 at this moment, but when Bonnie’s parents come on screen and there’s a full shot of their faces…I have to say, I was a little shocked. Toy Story movies normally focus on the kids and the toys, so the faces of the adults was a little weird for me.
- Forky. If you don’t fall in love with this toy made out of trash, then I need to know immediately why. Somehow this clueless plastic utensil is hella endearing and I want all the Forky merch right now.
- Easter Eggs. The Grape Soda cap from Up. A Dinoco gas pump. Tin Toy. Lifter. So many things to keep an eye out for in this movie, from previous films in the Pixar library. Watch carefully, especially in the antique store.
- Life Lessons. There are so many, both for kids and adults. There’s an empty nest storyline, which made me BAWL (since Wolfgang leaves me for college in less than 2 months). A storyline on “aging out of usefulness”. A lesson *I* needed about how sometimes things don’t work out how you planned. One on how the right person for you sometimes comes in the most unexpected of ways and changes you.
MORAL OF THE STORY: This whole movie is a lovely step in the right direction to revamp a series from my childhood to make it palatable and attractive to a whole new generation. The movie segued nicely, with the hand-off of the toys from Andy to Bonnie and a whole new storyline for kids, and familiar themes for parents.
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