Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton
Synopsis: In the final chapter to the saga that launched ever reliable Pixar, Andy has grown up and is off to college, leaving his toys and his childhood behind. Only Woody is chosen to remain with Andy as he moves on with his life. The rest od the toys find themselves in Sunnyside Daycare, an enticing prospect, but not as beneficial to them as they at first expect.
A review by Film Nerd.
Somebody has to say it, and it may as well be me. Pixar must be STOPPED. Pixar is EVIL. Am I the only one to see their dastardly plan. Will no one join me in doing something????
Why the outrage? Why the CAPS LOCK Film Nerd?? It is simple. I have made a discovery. A conspiracy is afoot in the hallowed halls of Pixar to leave grown men blubbing like small boys. The films they make have high quality animation, they have a magical sense of comic timing, but most of all they have heart. Toy Story 3 is another Pixar film that had me lose it, Finding Nemo and Up! being the other two Pixar films in recent memory to do so. And why do I focus this conversation as a conspiracy against men? Well, Bride of Film Nerd was fine. My self-esteem has only been redeemed by being informed it is a common response to this film that more men cry than women.
But I get ahead of myself. Having heard that I should take a box of tissues I scoffed. And for a large part of the film I was having a fantastically good time just seeing these old friends up on the screen, doing what they have always done. However I was wondering where it would head. I had seen it sitting at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes after 203 reviews, so I was going in with high expectations. So though it was fun, and the characters still have that same chemistry that made them really seem alive from the first film, it felt for a large part just like that to me… the first film. Not a bad thing, with new characters and new gags to keep things going, but for a concluding chapter I wanted more.
Then it delivered. It gave us a final act that raised this film from the 3-4 stars I was considering to the 5 stars I finally awarded it. I am finding this paragraph the hardest to write in this review, as I wish to convey the take home message of the film in such a way that it the end remains a mystery until it is viewed. What I feel I can say within the bounds of what is already known from trailers is that this is a film about growing up. Sometimes that means leaving major parts of our past behind. In conveying this message, we get a very fitting and touching farewell to a franchise that built the most innovate and consistent film studio of our age.
Thank you Pixar… It may be the end of Toy Story, but may you continue to entertain big kids like me and the small kids that are your target audience for years to come.
5 stars (out of a possible 5)
Toy Story 3 on IMDB
Toy Story 3 on Rotten Tomatoes