Toy Story 4 is fresh in the cinemas but people are already seeing it in droves! The film is currently breaking box office records and is becoming the fastest selling animated film ever. It might be causing audiences to flock to their local theatre but was the film actually any good?
Well Jack gave his first thoughts in this tweet which you can view below!
It’s fair to say that his feedback is pretty positive and it’s difficult to disagree with anything he said. Toy Story 4 is certainly a nostalgic trip down memory lane and manages to introduce a lot of new characters whilst still honouring the old. The return of Bo Peep has given the franchise a fresh spin, as her and her sheep were benched for Toy Story 3. She brings a new energy to the crew and demonstrates a real sense of ageing in her personality.
The toys that were introduced in the fourth instalment were just as fun as all the others play things we’ve come to meet. Of course Forky will be a standout for many, with a lot of his quotes already becoming relatable memes. He was heavily featured throughout but there was a sense of innocence we got from this Spork that you can’t find in some of the other more jaded toys.
The rest of the new crew were also fantastic with Duke Caboom becoming a highlight for myself. The new voice talent including Tony Hale, Key and Peele, Keanu Reeves and Ally Maki all put in some of their best work and made sure that all the latest additions to the team fitted in perfectly. The toys that were added brought a lot of charm and humour and were in part the reason why this way the funniest of the four films!
The MVP besides Bo had to be Buzz though. Tim Allen brought his A-game and it really showed. It was a source of constant amusement with the character struggling to understand his consciousness. It was an interesting way to explore an area of the franchise that they hadn’t gone to before and the friendship between Woody and Buzz was really emphasised. Without spoiling anything the ending was emotional, but much like Jack said, it lacked the punch of both Toy Story 2 and 3.
It’s difficult to talk about a Toy Story film without mentioning the villains and the creepy ventriloquist dolls are certainly going to scare a lot of kids! They were equal parts spooky and goofy and it worked a treat. Gabby Gabby might just be one of the most well developed villains in any film. The character work here goes to show just how good Pixar are at telling stories! Her journey was fascinating to watch and she elevates this film from good to great.
I had a few problems with the pacing of the film as it felt like there was a lot of going backwards and forward. The characters seemed to zigzag between the antique store and the carnival numerous times and it’s a shame we couldn’t have seen a little more of the outside world. Despite this,everything we did see was absolutely gorgeous with this being Pixar’s most amazingly animated film to date. While the visuals of Coco may top it, the actual quality of the animation was awe inspiring.
Overall this was a lot of fun and managed to hit all the right emotional beats. It’s stunning and hilarious and full of heart. There’s some fantastic new characters which it focuses heavily on, but the old gang are still hanging alongside them. This is absolutely a 4.5 out of 5, with Pixar turning out a perfect franchise!
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