Toy Story 3 hits theaters everywhere today to dominate Father’s Day weekend. The wave of good reviews will only serve to perpetuate Pixar’s dominance as a studio that has yet to produce a box office failure. The third, and hopefully last, entry in the Toy Story series picks up years after the second. Andy has grown up and is about to head to college. He has to decide what to do with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang, who have been neglected and sitting in Andy’s room unattended and lonely. It is then that a miscommunication about what goes in the attic and what goes in the trash leads to the toys entering their biggest adventure yet.
Why you have to see Toy Story 3
The opening sequence alone is worth the price of admission. The scene begins by fulfilling exactly what it was like to be a kid, when you would have your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fight against your Hulk Hogan with a giant stuffed panda bear thrown into the mix for good measure. The imagination goes wild and sets the stage for Pixar’s eleventh consecutive hit.
Pixar Animation Studios has proven successful time and time again by being unafraid of bold storytelling. Toy Story 3 is an adult movie with toys playing the main characters alone. Fans of movies such as The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather will see obvious references to harsh movies that wouldn’t so bluntly find a way into an animated feature.
Toy Story 3 shoots for heavy emotion, extreme action, and a final third of the film that is full of tension and catharsis that exemplifies amazing storytelling. One sequence during an action filled sequence is disturbingly emotional and morbid. This is the darkest of the series which is an odd phrase when discussing a family film about toys, but astonishing.
This film brings the series to an amazing close. At least that is what one can hope for, a fourth installment will put it into the Shrek and Ice Age series as having been dragged to death to get every last penny out of the franchise possible. You can only hope that Pixar producers have the nerve to leave the series alone because it ends with a perfect emotional finale that couldn’t have concluded the trilogy better.
Why you may want to see something else
The movie is a personification of what Pixar is capable of as a studio. If you have disliked every Pixar installment thus far, then you’ll already avoid this movie. It engages in a few small choices that cause some cringing. Buzz’s reprogramming results in a rather gimmicked sequence; however, Director Lee Unkrich doesn’t over embellish with the quirkiness of it all and moves the story forward, somewhere other animation studios do not show any reserve. There are also a few characters tossed aside with only a few frustrating lines of dialogue from the first two films.
This review won’t make an impact on how the movie does. It’s going to make an absurd amount of movie no matter what any critics say. However, the positive word of mouth from audiences will result in return viewings and great Blu Ray/DVD sales. Check out where Toy Story 3 is playing in Denver area movie theaters by clicking here.
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