Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4, 9/10, took my expectations to infinity and beyond. I was sceptical to whether or not we even needed a fourth instalment from our much loved, heart warming companions but I can tell you now that the answer is a resounding yes. The beautiful animation is a testament to how far these amazing films have progressed from their humble beginnings.

Sheriff Woody (Tom Hanks) and co have settled into their new life with Bonnie (played by Madeline McGraw) and are shocked when she brings home another new friend that is made of literal trash. Unsure of his purpose in the world, Forky (Played by Tony Hale), escapes from Bonnie during a vacation road trip and tries to run away. Woody decides to do everything he can to bring Forky home.

After Toy Story 3 I thought I had the closure I needed from this franchise, so hearing that movie number 4 had gone into production immediately caused my guard to go up. Within minutes that guard was knocked straight back down with comedic punches, a gripping narrative and a finale that had me in tears just like the third. Toy Story 4 focuses more around a rather lost Woody as he searches for a new purpose after losing his life long owner Andy. We see him make some new hilarious friends but disappointingly – but not detracting from the overall film – we don’t get as much screen time with Buzz (played by Tim Allen), Jessie (played Joan Cusack) and the rest of the squad. However a part of me thinks if you just did the same thing again then this film would of felt like a re-tread than a bold new direction.

Toy Story 4 exceptionally revived the inner child within me. Pixar prove yet again that they can create a narrative that has depth and will touch all audience members of any age. I know for definite that I will be venturing out to see this again whilst it’s on the big screen.

Picture: 9/10

Sound: 8/10

Narrative: 10/10

Acting: 8/10

Originality: 9/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 10/10

Overall rating….. 9/10

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