"There are certain movies that you hang out with the characters so much that they actually become your friends. And that's a really rare quality to have in a film...and those movies are usually quite long, because it actually takes that long of a time to get past a movie character where you actually feel that you know the person and you like them...when it's over, they're your friends." - Quentin Tarantino
"My overall feeling for this film having just walked out of it was a bit of disappointment. And its actually a solid movie. However solid is not good enough for a franchise like Toy Story. Now I am of the perhaps minority opinion that the first two Toy Story films were the best ones, exercises in near perfect storytelling. I liked the third one. Everyone talks about the ending with Andy or the scene where the toys almost get incinerated. But to me the rest of the film was mainly serviceable. Ken was great. But overall I feel it didn't quite live up to the very high standard of the original two.
Toy Story 4 feels more in the vein of 3 as well. So if you're one of the many people that absolutely love TS3 you will probably love this one.
Its weird because TS3 felt like a fitting send off to all of these characters, so to see them back again is strange. It feels more like a sort of toy story dlc if you will, or the "continuing adventures of" if you will then a full on true sequel.
Here are the pros of the film... as a whole its an entertaining 90 minutes filled with humor and good storytelling, and what's more you get to revisit these wonderful characters again. I liked the idea of bringing back Bo Peep and addressing her absence in the last film. The new characters are the best part of the movie, Forky, Duke Kaboom, and the Key and Peele duo...
Now for the cons... I found it to be very emotionally manipulative and exploitive, much like Toy Story 3. Every other scene is trying to make you cry, it just kind of wallows in sappy emotions. The first two had great emotional scenes without seeming manipulative or manufactured in any way. I don't know it just felt laid on a little too thick for me... also Woody is so clingy in this one to the point of annoyance. He's not as heroic or dashing as he has been in the past, more whiney and honestly kind of a pushover.
Also Buzz Lightyear. The once great character has been, for the second film in a row, relegated to merely a supporting player. He has a sort of arc, more of a running gag really, about him learning to listen to his "inner voice". But its not enough. Its honestly a tragedy to see this iconic character being given so little to work with, static, no longer evolving or being as active in the stories.
Bo Peep was cool and it was great to see her again... BUT at the same time it really takes some suspending of disbelief to accept such a significant transformation of the character we know from the first two films. She was never really a go-getter take action type in the others. Of course I can see see how she might have evolved having been on her own for so many years, and I do realize she was more of a side character before and they had to flesh her out... still I couldn't help but feel she was a different person to the point of even betraying who she has been established to be.... its really more of a gripe than a true negative.
The Gabby Doll voiced by Christina Hendricks literally forces Woody to give up his voice box and we're supposed to turn around and feel sorry for her. I mean that was pretty clunky handled I think.
A lot of the original toys are back and yet they are simply just... there. You see their faces but they contribute almost nothing. Why even include them in the film? I just see the first two films as having more depth and nuance with these characters. They were firing on all cylinders creatively. And now, to a degree, Toy Story has been reduced to nostalgia and trying to milk all of those tear jerker moments.
But I have to say, I enjoyed a change of scenery. The highways, an antique store, a carnival... and I did enjoy the Woody and Bo Peep stuff overall, it was really the soul of this movie. I was so glad to see them together again..."
TOY STORY 4 is a decent movie, I liked it. Its just not quite on par with the originals.
This is a tough one. On the one hand, it's yet another substandard, artificial, committee funded, market researched, and socially progressive remake...and one that gets lost in translation from animation to live action. And yet I'd be remiss to say that I didn't enjoy this movie. It wasn't good, but there were things to like, and the final feeling was an overall good one...The problem is is that certain things that worked perfectly for the animated classic don't really belong in the live action version, at least this movie made no effort to justify their being carried over (I'm looking at you Iago). The lad who plays Aladdin was likable and but somehow I feel he wasn't the best choice. He's certainly not a singer and his performance was awkward at times, particularly when he tries to be funny. He lacks that rugged scrapper quality you would expect out of Aladdin (especially Guy Ritchie street Aladdin)... Naomi Scott did a good job, she looks great and can really sing too. Although they try to give her character more of an arc this time, it ultimately doesn't work. Her arc literally interrupts the momentum of the third act just so she can have a very forced musical number that's trying to be the next "Let it go".... The guy who plays Jafar wasn't terribly charismatic and his take of the villain pales in comparison to animated Jafar... Will Smith was easily the best part of the movie. To his credit, he doesn't try to do a Robin Williams impersonation, he makes the Genie his own...Still certain moments were fun (i.e. Aladdin dancing at the party, anything with the genie, some of the musical numbers....some of that was really awkward though yikes)....The film certainly feels like a Disney product. Everyone is dressed impeccably, even Aladdin who's supposed to be a hobo and a street rat...the city of Agrabah never transcends feeling like a set...there is a lot of CGI and some of it is jarring when blended with the live action elements...it lacks the down and dirty grit you'd expect from Guy Ritchie...It feels more manufactured and manipulative than real, in the moment and natural. Unfortunately, its more often jarring, awkward, and disappointing in comparison....Yet Overall It's fun and enjoyable. It gives you the feels, it makes you laugh. It entertains you and takes you away for two hours... Its just In the end you can't help but wonder - what was the point of this? to remind us to go watch the original? which is so obviously superior in almost every way...