Movie Review: Toy Story 4

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Toy Story has been Pixar's most successful franchise ever since it kickstarted back in 1995.

At the time, the first Toy Story was the first 3D animated movie ever made and it revolutionized the film industry. Fast forward 24 years later and the series is still as popular as ever with Toy Story 4 out this year.

The Toy Story franchise always has a special place in my heart because it was the first ever movie I watched in the cinema.

I was only six years old at the time and it's still one of my favorite movies I've ever seen in my life.

By the time Toy Story 3 came out, I thought the series was truly over.

It was just a perfect end to the series and I did not want to see a fourth movie. When Toy Story 4 was announced, I was worried it would have ruined the franchise.

Much to my surprise though, Toy Story 4 is actually a great addition to the franchise as it introduces several new characters and we are also reunited with Bo Peep who was absent in the third movie.

The thing that makes this movie so great is that it somewhat tells a different story to the rest of the movies because the toys are now getting older and things have changed over time.

For example, Bonnie no longer plays with Woody at the beginning of the film and Woody feels he might be better off living elsewhere.

Before he can make plans to move, he has to save a new toy that Bonnie created called Forky.

Forky came to life, but faces an existential crisis and he runs away from Bonnie's family. He ends up getting stuck in an antique store which is led by a creepy doll and her henchmen.

Probably the biggest focus of the film is Woody reuniting with Bo Peep.

Bo Peep has been enjoying life with herself and feels toys can live a proper life without an owner. This causes Woody to rethink his entire life since he's always been loved by a human owner until now.

Without spoiling too much of the movie, the film will make you laugh, cry and feel like a kid again. There's so many funny moments in the movie and the ending is just as emotional as the third film.

One of my favorite additions of the movie is the actors of Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key being the three new toy allies in the movie.

All of them have great one liners and are arguably the best parts of the movie.

As much as I loved watching Toy Story 4, the only bad thing I can say about the movie is that it really only focuses on Woody.

If you like the other characters such as Rex, Hamm, Jessie and the other toys, they don't have as much screentime as they did in the previous movies.

Buzz still has a lot of air time and he's funnier than Woody in Toy Story 4. This is all because he starts to listen to his "inner voice" which is just his own catchphrases!

Anyway, Toy Story 4 is a great addition to the legendary series. It may not surpass the first movie as the best in the series, but it's still fun to watch and people of all ages will love it.

Verdict: 4/5 stars

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