Friday, June 21, 2019


 Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley and stars Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, and Joan Cusack. The plot of the movie is when a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.    Before I get started I am a huge fan of the first three films to me all three are masterpieces. While I had major concerns about the 4th movie's existence in general, I was willing to give it a shot. Coming out of the film I was majorly let down and it makes me so sad to say that.    The problems start with the randomness of the plot, and the amount of themes that it is trying to cover in one movie. Is it primarily about getting Forky home to Boonie, which was surprisingly my favorite storyline because from the trailers I thought I would hate Forky. Is it about Woody finding Bo which I thought was a fun storyline at first, but got sick of it after a while. Is it about Gabby finding an owner which was completely boring, also I thought Forky was going to be annoying, but no Gabby is the one that is annoying. So I really wish they had just stuck with trying to get Forky back to Bonnie.   The beauty of the first three movies were that they had a clearly defined main plot: Toy Story was about the battle between Buzz/Woody and getting back to Andy from Sid; Toy Story 2 was about getting Woody back to Andy, and Toy Story 3 was about escaping the daycare center. Unfortunately, in Toy Story 4 an actual coherent main plot is removed in favor of action sequences, the featuring of new characters most of which I did not care about instead of beloved old ones.    Toy Story 4 remains unsure what it wants to ultimately be about and I guess that blurred vision comes from the 8 screenwriters who are credited for their input into the story. Regulars such as Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Bullseye, Slinky Dog and the Potato Heads are all given next to no screentime which is a massive disappointment. Keeping them in the van for most of the movie is a lazy and ultimately boring decision for many of these beloved characters who each found much better things to do in Toy Story 2 and 3 in particular.    The barrage of new characters makes things far too confusing for the audience. The movie needed to be about Forky or Bo, not both. There wasn't any tension in finding Bo nor was there any in getting Forky back to Bonnie. A more wild-cap adventure separating Woody and Forky from the gang and finding Bo at the end of the film might have had a better pay off, but unfortunately, neither mean all that much to the audience given the other issue of spending so long at the Antique Store with Gaddy the most annoying character in all of these movies.    Meanwhile, another huge part of the movie Buzz is a shell of his former self. He has precious little to do that actually affects the plot and really needed to be in more actual danger and peril or more useful in saving Woody and Forky. Everything just feels so low-stakes compared to the first three movies. There's no fear of being incinerated, getting trapped on a plane to Japan, or being torn apart by a crazed kid. Instead, it's just all a bit simplistic and the film lacks any real dramatic tension. Perhaps they needed to lose the Gabby storyline.    Yes, this movie still has its moments Duke Caboom is an amusing and welcome addition, Forky is a very likable addition too, and the end was a nice send-off., but unfortunately, the setups all seemed too rushed that it didn't have the emotion it ultimately should have. I think by having too many writers the ultimate vision for this film got lost and the movie is all the poorer for it which is a real shame.  2 out of 5 stars for Toy Story 4. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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