Toy Story 3 (2010)

March 12, 2011 By Mike B
Movie Review

What Worked?

For those who met Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang back in 1995, this film is a wonderful way to say goodbye to some fantastic friends. The Toy Story trilogy is one of the best, if not the best, film trilogies of all time. If you’re in your 20s, the first Toy Story film stole our hearts as children, in 1995. In 1999, the sequel lifted our spirits as we broke into the teen years. Finally, in 2010, Toy Story 3 served as a heartfelt love letter to our childhood.

Director Lee Unkrich, who also took the director’s chair for Toy Story 2, balances the laughs and heavy material amazingly well. The pacing of the film is steadily brisk, and always on point. This addition to the trilogy has more thrills and edge, especially with the Lots-O-Hugs Bear villain, than the first two installments. Obviously, compared to the first two, the animation is vivid and spotless, making the old gang look better than ever. The cast is golden, with wonderful additions to the usual suspects. Michael Keaton is hilarious as the highly self-centered and materialistic Ken, and Ned Beatty is a well-rounded villain, playing Lots-O-Hugs Bear.

It’s no secret that the Toy Story films are absolutely amazing, and with Toy Story 3, Pixar delivers once again. We are brought back once more to a time when our imagination was strong enough to protect us from reality, and where toys were some of our best friends. Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the familiar faces are all dealing with the changes of Andy growing up and their new situation at the day care center and it’s all so relative. Toy Story 3 is not only about friendship and loyalty this time around; it taps into our human need to be wanted and loved, as well as it deals with the novelty of times changing. No film this year is as truly heartwarming, while simultaneously being a blast to watch, as Toy Story 3.  Rating: To infinity and beyond out of 10. 

Potential Drawbacks:

For the children of today, Toy Story 3 will still be entertaining, but the entire message of the film will be diluted. The film isn’t quite a stand-alone film, as it has more impact when the first two films are viewed first, and even more impact if they were viewed at certain ages. In other words, this film works better for those who have childhood behind them, rather than those who are currently experiencing childhood.

Film Recommendations:

Iron Giant
Toy Story 2

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