TOY STORY 4 Review — The Best Movie of the Year So Far

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Toy Story 4 review — I can barely write about this film without getting misty eyed. That’s how good it is. 

Toy Story 4 reviewI don’t know how Disney/Pixar manages to do this. The masters of animated film have created a franchise four films long, four films strong, each one an absolute home run. It’s unfathomable.

In fact, I would say without reservation that Toy Story 4 is the best movie of the year so far, and perhaps will be the best move of the year period. I’m that enamored of this tender and profound yet remarkably giggle-worthy creation. It’s a film that will enchant anyone, of any age.

This time around there’s a new toy in the box, the now famous “Forky,” (an outstanding Tony Hale) made of a spork and pipe cleaners by the toys’ owner Bonnie. The toys’ surprising reaction to him, especially Woody’s (Tom Hanks) is beyond moving, and their amusing efforts to make him rise above the trashy environment he came from never fails to get laughs.

When the toys go on a road trip with Bonnie and her parents, new characters, adventures and profoundly moving situations ensue. Newbies voiced by Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordon Peele (Ducky and Bunny) and Christina Hendricks (Gabby Gabby) are welcome additions.

And those cringe inducing ventriloquist dummies? Fabulous! Just weird enough to be creepy, but not so menacing as to be too scary.

As a matter of fact, Toy Story 4 is made stronger for all the roads it didn’t go down. No pandering to pop culture with scatological humor, no hammering of politically correct messages, no garish pop tunes wedged in there to keep the energy up. Randy Newman’s music, both new and vintage, however, hits all the right notes.

All this, and a surprise ending that will wring tears from the eyes of even the most cynical? I can’t wait for you all to see it.

Rated G

1 Hour 30 Minutes

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Toy Story 4 review — I can barely write about this film without getting misty eyed. That’s how good it is.


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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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