Movie: Toy Story 4
Director: Josh Cooley
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
Duration: 100.4 minutes
After movies like Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015), Josh Cooley returns with Toy Story 4, which could possibly be the finale of the series. The previous installment of the beloved franchise didn't leave much of an impression the last time Woody went on an adventure, but this one will take you on for a fulfilling one. Toy Story 4 has something for everyone, from basic kid humour to some smutty jokes for the ones who can find them, some latent adult humour, and even the most repeatable meme moments.
The film starts with Andy's childhood when Bo Peep is given away as Molly grows old and she doesn't need a night-lamp anymore. Two years after Toy Story 3 when all the toys are content with being Bonnie's friends, we find out that Woody has being neglected for a while. Concerned for Bonnie who is on her way to orientation alone for Kindergarten, he sneaks into her backpack and helps her out. To his surprise the toy she makes during art and crafts session named Forky comes alive. While Forky is new to being alive, Woody takes the responsibility to baby sit him as they head out for a road trip before school starts.
Nothing in the movie goes according to Woody's plan unlike in the previous movies, not even the ending, which makes the film an even better experience. The 100 minute film presented by Pixar brings joy, sense of belonging and a neatly wrapped short story that is snug enough that leaves no room for questions. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves, and Annie Potts are everything you remember your childhood to be. Christina Hendricks who plays the villainous Gaby Gaby also takes your heart away in the right moments.
The film is a story of love, loss and a toy's most noble cause- helping a child. We get a lot of subtle sub text of how the audience is advised to let off Woody as Pixar is gearing up for more original content in future, and how there are more kids out there aka more stories to tell. While there is a simple story for kids to watch filled with repetitive gimmicks (which do not miss the mark, every single time), the makers have also managed to make it hilarious scene by scene for adults.
The predictable Toy Story 4 is as funny, enjoyable and emotional as Disney used to be and Pixar always is.