Toy Story 3 has much of the same wit and humor of the original films, but it also has a slightly darker tone to it that is appropriate considering that the toys that used to be played with all of the time have spent the past few years being neglected by a boy who has grown up. Buzz, Woody, and the remaining toys must deal with the issues hinted at in the previous films. What is going to happen to them now that Andy is going off to college? Will they be put into storage in the attic? Will they be thrown away? Or will they find another child to love them?
Instead of a sequel, Toy Story 3 feels like the end of a beloved television series. There is a sense of death and loss throughout the movie, whether it is in the mentioning of the departure of other beloved characters from the previous films or from the toys being in more dangerous situations than they have ever been in before. More than mere action sequences, Toy Story 3 is filled with true mortal peril for the toys where even they have accepted that this could be the end of their lives.
These darker themes do not make the film less entertaining or less comedic. Like the Toy Story films before it, Toy Story 3 delights audiences, but it also adds an emotional level that the previous films did not have. Toy Story 3 is able to balance the laughter and the seriousness of subject in much the same way as Up and Wall-E did.
Although Toy Story 3 is marketed as a children’s movie, the film is really about the death of our childhood as we enter into adulthood. Like Andy, we have all lost a part of ourselves where we could spend hours pretending that inanimate objects were capable of everything that we imagined. This works for adults because we have experienced this. Some of it might be too deep for smaller children who need to be entertained.
Toy Story 3 completes the Toy Story trilogy. Unlike most series, Toy Story seems to have gotten better with each film. If you loved the previous films, go see this one. You will not be disappointed.
Toy Story 3 is showing at Cinemark Woodland Mall 5 in Bowling Green, Rave Motion Pictures Levis Commons, Rave Motion Pictures Fallen Timbers, Rave Motion Pictures Maumee 18, and Rave Motion Pictures Franklin Park. It can also playing in 3-D at Rave Motion Pictures Fallen Timbers and Rave Motion Pictures Franklin Park.