This will be a short review since it’s so late and judging by the $900 million dollar worldwide haul, everyone on Earth have already seen this anyways. It also joins a very exclusive list of 11 domestic films to reach the $400 million mark (the 2nd for Pixar).
Even though over ten years have passed since the last Toy Story sequel (yes, really), the toys haven’t aged a bit. In fact they seem to look better and better with each outing. No doubt thanks to a lot of ‘plastic’ surgery and the cush lifestyle of a mega hit franchise. While T3 was critically a near perfect film in every way, shape, and form, I still found myself less than overwhelmed. Part of it is Pixar’s own fault of delivering masterpieces time after time and raising their own bar with each release- shame on them. Another reason for my lackluster response was that this world was way too familiar to me. I adore T1 and T2 and felt completely satisfied with the conclusion of that story. So personally I just didn’t feel I needed the closure of one more romp through the toy chest. But with that said, there is still much to be appreciated.
The ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Day Care was a clever setting for this new adventure. Pixar stays faithful to maximizing the very limited time of its old favorite characters in leu of the many news ones introduced. Action is masterfully choreographed and the pacing is as tight as a spinning top. It also concludes with throwing the viewer into the emotional deep end of the pool as the characters say goodbye in their own unique ways. In my mind, Pixar can do no wrong, so it’s unfortunate that I did not buy into the ‘toy-mania’ this time around.
All in all, I have no complaints but I also felt like this story of the toys was a unnecissary excess. But with that said, I still give it high marks and have to give a stellar nod to Pixar for one of the greatest franchises of our generation.