Toy Story 4 (2019) – Movie Review
Pixar has somehow managed to FAIL to ruin the perfect ending of the previous instalment. Yes, they have proved me wrong. This sequel is awesome.
Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley and it’s his directorial debut. Well done, sir. Andrew Stanton, who co-written the first three instalments, returns to co-write this one as well with Stephany Folsom who was also involved with the story of the first three films.
The plot takes place a couple of years after Toy Story 3 (2010). Our favourite toy characters have been given away by Andy to a little girl named Bonnie and they have settled in. But Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, has fallen out of favour because, well, if a kid has both a male and a female version of a toy, they would usually prefer the one that’s the same gender as them.
The story may seem familiar at first. Toys got out of the window and Woody and Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen, have to go search and rescue. But here’s the twist. The toy (Forky voiced by Tony Hale) that gets lost is actually made from trash by Bonnie during her kindergarten orientation and becomes her important companion at class.
And Bo Peep, voiced by Annie Potts, whom I don’t remember seeing anymore after the second film, reappears big time. I thought she was just a moving-partner digger or favourite-toy digger so I never liked her back then but they’ve made her character awesome here and superbly likable. From the trailers, I thought they were going to make her a villain but thank goodness they didn’t.
The length of the film feels short. Time just passed by as I was watching it as almost every moment was hilarious, fun and somewhat thrilling. Yes, there are quite a few of jumpscares in this one. The film could’ve easily fallen into the semi-horror genre. Even the toys on the good side have ill intentions towards the humans here.
I really wanted to see more of the original characters and hear them say something stupid. There are so many characters now including the few new ones that the screen time of everyone of them had to be even out. But slightly more time for the newer ones of course.
I thought Ducky and Bunny voiced by Key and Peele totally stole the show. They cracked me up the most and the loudest. The internet’s current sweetheart Keanu Reeves is breathtaking as Duke Caboom, a stuntman toy. I like how the writers make him a daredevil on motorcycle, knowing that Keanu loves motorbikes.
It’s definitely more hilarious if you know who’s voicing who while watching the film. The new unicorn toy is very, very funny as well although his screentime is very limited. The characters are very well animated. I can laugh at their cute facial expressions alone.
And after all that great humour, then comes the ending that almost made me cry. Actually even the flashback about Bo at the beginning almost teared me up as well. Although the ending of the previous film was far more impactful to me, this one, I feel, is the true ending. It breaks the wheel and it tells us what happens to lost toys. I don’t wanna spoil it but you’d get what I mean after you’ve seen it.
Anyway, Toy Story 4 is just fantastic. The franchise has the best animated film trilogy of all time and Pixar risked it all to make another sequel but it was done right.
Genre: Animated family comedy adventure
Running Time: 100 minutes
Director: Josh Cooley
Screenwriters: Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Keanu Reeves, Key and Peele, Tony Hale
Malaysia Release Date: 20 June 2019
Local Distributor: (no info)
Production: Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures