We all know Woody, Buzz, and the gang, so as we sit down in our slightly sticky theater seats we all have a vague idea what to expect. Witty lines full of innuendos that only the adults in the audience will get, an action packed storyline that makes our busy human world seem nothing compared to the perils of being a toy, and of course a bit of emotional connections to what it is to be young. Needless to say, this film has all of that and more.
Andy, the owner of our favorite collection of toys, is now going away to college and everyone is afraid that they are done for once and for all. Should they all accept their fate and live in the attic together? Will Andy possibly bring them to college? Or should they all move on someone else? The toys all fear that they will be separated and lose the one thing that they prize the most–one another. Eventually, the toys decide to go to a preschool to become public toys that can be played with by the very young. They find that this plan comes with its own set of adventures, challenges, and perils that they have to face together.
A Real Tear Jerker
The basic plot of the story may seems simple at first glance, but what really makes this film special is the use of the deep themes of the pain of loss and moving on. Similar to Pixar’s UP! not too long ago, this film jumps headlong into some of the adult themes of pain and dealing with the past that you might not expect from a children’s film. As a result, the film is a real tear jerker. Even the manliest of men may find themselves tearing up by the moving scenes in this film. The last five minutes and brilliant ending are especially touching. Bring a handkerchief to this film if you’d like to save your dignity. If you are someone already prone to crying, then a full box of tissues may be in order.
As graphics technologies jump leaps and bounds forward, it is no real surprise that this new film makes the original Toy Story look monochromatic in comparison. Buzz’s suit seems to be a mix of a thousand different subtle shades of green, purple, and white, while the stunning details of the backgrounds really show the confidence of the artists involved. Really, you will be amazed at how these toys look. If you don’t get what I mean after watching this film, then pop in the old VHS of Toy Story and prepare to be taken aback.
Toy Story 3 is now being lauded as perhaps the best film of the year and for good reason. With its deep approach to themes of moving on and loss, Toy Story 3 instantly becomes a classic for people of all ages. Reviewers have been giving it a 9 or 10/10.