After the seemingly perfect end to the Toy Story franchise with Toy Story 3 (2010), I didn’t know what to expect from Pixar with Toy Story 4 (2019). On one hand, I didn’t expect much more than a cash grab, and on the other hand, I expected Pixar to make it even better than the first three movies. Either way, Toy Story 4 blew my expectations out of the water.
The story starts with Bonnie, (Madeleine McGraw) who received Andy’s toys at the end of the last film, creating Forkie (Tony Hale) out of trash. We then see Woody (Tom Hanks), help Forkie find out that he’s a toy.
It’s hard to discuss a lot of what made this film great without giving away spoilers, but I will say there was character growth, great expansions to the Toy Story universe, answering some questions about the Toy Story universe, albiet adding some more along the way. The character arcs for members of the first film have been expanded on greatly. All of this with the best visuals Pixar has to offer, a script with no continuety errors as far as I’m aware, and outstanding writing that I haven’t seen since the first movie.
The movie is great in a lot of ways, but (and I know this may sound strange) I think it has too much comedy. Now, of course, it’s Pixar. They’re going to put in comedy. But I feel like most of the cast is just there to make jokes, and that makes it hard to take the movie seriously.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the comedy is an upside to the film. The movie’s attempts at comedy were successful. There were parts where the whole theater laughed. Walking in I expected Forkie would be a comic relief character, and that was very much true. However, there were two other characters just there for laughs: Bunnie (Jordan Peele) and Duckie (Keegan-Michael Key).
Going back to my point about there being too much comedy, Bunnie and Duckie are just there for laughs, and the story could’ve been easily rewritten not to include them at all (not saying I know much about how movie scripts are written).
Longtime fans of the series won’t be disappointed with Toy Story 4, but the same can’t be said for others. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid watching a single Toy Story movie, I’d recommend you catch up before watching Toy Story 4. I can assure you a few tears will be shed in the theater you watch this in. Not mine of course, my tears were due to allergies.
Overall, this movie is definitely worth your money. It has a thrilling plot, outstanding visuals, and good humor (even a bit too much of it). This is, of course, being a Pixar film, kids are obviously the target audience, but then again, being a Pixar film, anyone can enjoy it, especially those that grew up on the original Toy Story (1995).