After nine years since the last addition to the franchise, Pixar returns for a fourth entry in its "Toy Story" series.. Not a single "Toy Story" movie in the past led to any kind of disappointment, so it wasn't surprising to discover that "Toy Story 4," in theaters now, is just as much of a delight as the previous three.
Not only do "Toy Story" movies never disappoint, but neither do most Pixar movies in general. From "Monsters Inc." to "Finding Nemo" to "Wall-E," Pixar mixes humor and real-life problems in a way that makes for heartfelt and emotional roller-coasters of films. This Pixar film, in particular, does just that and ranks up there as one of the best.
Now that Andy has grown up and moved on to college, Woody and the gang have settled into a new home with Bonnie, a little girl whose creativity with toys has no end. When Bonnie nervously starts kindergarten, she uses that creative mind and makes Forky, a spork with googly eyes. He quickly becomes Bonnie's new favorite toy, so it's up to Woody to do as much as he can to keep Forky from losing himself in this new and confusing world.
The movie focuses around a family vacation that causes Woody and Forky to be parted form the rest of the toys, only to find incredible adventures along their way back to Bonnie.
From the opening to the final shot, "Toy Story 4" elicits sheer joy with audiences, especially the younger viewers and those older ones who grew up alongside Woody and Buzz Lightyear. It reminds viewers of the very first "Toy Story" and the witty humor of its dialogue. It also has the emotional aspects that came with the second and third entries in the franchise, though admittedly, the quantity of tears doesn't quite rank up there as it did with the previous installment.
"Toy Story 4" hosts great voice performances from Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as usual, but also a surprise performance from "John Wick" action star; Keanu Reeves. Reeves voices Duke Caboom, an action figure whose speciality is riding through hoops on a motorcycle. Tony Hale hilariously voices the show-stealer, Forky, and comedy duo Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele voice two stuffed bears who have been waiting for three years to be won as prizes at a carnival game.
The additions to the franchise are wonderful and make it unique enough to be different than the previous "Toy Story films" while still keeping the heartfelt tone that comes with every Woody and Buzz adventure.
"Toy Story 4" is highly recommended for the whole family. Also, as a side note, nobody is too old for "Toy Story."
THE LOWDOWN ON ‘ TOY STORY 4'
Best Character: Forky