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MOVIE: What’s the story with all those toys?

Wednesday, 19th June, 2019 7:00pm
MOVIE: What’s the story with all those toys?
MOVIE: What’s the story with all those toys?

IT’S hard to improve on perfection, and it’s equally hard to replicate it. 

1995’s ‘Toy Story’, featuring talking toys Woody and Buzz, received a 100 percent perfect score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. 

1999’s ‘Toy Story 2’ got the same rating and was an even bigger commercial success. The next installment in 2010 was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture (only the third animated film ever to do so) and was the first animation feature to pass $1 billion in revenues. That’s quite the achievement. Let’s leave it there shall we. No? OK then.

And so ‘Toy Story 4’ sees the return of our popular plastic playthings voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and others, in a film directed by first time director, Josh Cooley. 

This time out, Woody’s young owner, Bonnie, who is struggling to fit into her new kindergarten surroundings, returns home one day with a new best friend, Forky, a fork she has rescued from the trash and made almost human. 

Woody and the gang realise how important Forky is to Bonnie and must convince him that he’s a toy and not a discarded piece of cutlery that belongs in the garbage. 

When Bonnie’s parents take her on a road trip, Forkie and the gang go along for good measure, and when the eating utensil goes missing, Woody must organise a rescue party.

The story takes a while to get going, but eventually does and transports us to a familiar and safe place where laughs and emotional punches are never far away. 

There are some interesting and amusing new characters to meet, namely a pair of fluffy toys named Bunny and Ducky, and a Canadian stuntman voiced by Keanu Reeves. 

But the film falls some way short of its predecessors, not in a bad way, it’s decent fun, just not up to the usual standard. 

Tom Hanks has said this is the last film in the franchise and there is a moving moment right at the very end which seems to suggest he’s right. We award ‘Toy Story 4’ a review score of 3.5 solid stars.

Paul O’Rourke

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