Monday, June 21, 2010

Toy Story 3

I quite liked the first Toy Story movie, but the second was mediocre enough that I was prepared to skip the third. The reviews were so overwhelmingly positive, however, that last night we went to see it at our local megaplex.

I'm glad we did.

Michael Arndt, who wrote Little Miss Sunshine, one of my favorite films of the last five years, was the lead writer on Toy Story 3, and his ability to deliver both humor and genuine emotion, as well as his wonky plotting style, were on full display. I don't want to spoil anything, so let me just say that both his handling of the main bad guy and the final scene were pitch perfect.

The animation won't blow you away; you've seen this quality level before. That's not a problem, though, because the film is consistent with the Toy Story look we've come to expect.

Toy Story 3 is not a movie for any one particular age; everyone can enjoy it. Definitely do not miss this one.


Anonymous said...

Toy Story 2 was mediocre?! You're crazy. It was easily at least as good as the first. Easily. I also think the visuals in TS3 were pretty stunning, even if they weren't all new; few do it better than Pixar, and Pixar only gets better.

But I agree, TS3 is not to be missed. I haven't been that moved at the theaters in a long time. In my estimation it makes the whole franchise one of the best all-around trilogies in cinematic history.

Mark said...

It is unquestionably a great franchise. Toy Story 2 just didn't work for me as well as the others.

Michelle said...

I agree with you. I loved the original Toy Story. My kids loved Toy Story, but none of us really liked Toy Story II. I was rather wary of wasting time and money on Toy Story III, but have heard good things about it and now it gets the Mark seal of approval. Plus, I have heard the new toys are really entertaining (especially the Ken doll). Thanks for the thumbs up!

Mark said...

Ken is indeed a hoot.


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