Directed by: Josh Cooley
Screenplay: Rashida Jones, Andrew Stanton, Will McCormack, and Stephany Folsom
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale
If there was ever a time to get tissues, it would have been when I was at the Walmart stocking up on candy before seeing Toy Story 4. However, ignoring the popular slogan of the Boy Scouts, I did not purchase a box of tissues and was sadly not properly prepared. The next hour and forty minutes were a blur as I sobbed relentlessly at the giant screen that sat before me. With my sister right beside me – laughing at and taunting my emotional turmoil – I felt as though I was taken back to my childhood. The wonderful thing about the Toy Story movies is that it hits both kids and adults right in the heart, and this fourth film in the franchise did just that.
Toy Story 3 was hard enough to watch, but Toy Story 4 brought even more challenging conflicts into the film’s canon. Toy Story 4 pairs as a nice mirror image with Toy Story 3. Instead of the main conflict being watching someone grow up and going off to a new world of possibilities, the fourth film’s main focus is the difficulty of having to actually grow up yourself. Although this is a bit of a heavy subject, and one that we can all relate to, there are still tons of great laughs to be had throughout the film.
With the addition of great new characters, and the return of old characters, like Bo Peep, the film is able to feel fresh and exciting without returning to old tropes from previous Toy Story movies. This movie’s message is all about change, and it is truly embraced within the story and the characters. The only thing lacking from this movie is that, although change was the central theme, it would have been nice to have given more of the original characters some extra screen time. However, I won’t complain too much because the introduction of these new characters give us the amazing, the adorable…. Forky. I would most likely die for Forky if given the chance.
From the voice acting, to the colors, and to the music, everything in this movie is just such a fantastic joy ride, that I was honestly a little bit bummed for it to end. I would recommend this movie to anyone, no matter what types of movies you gravitate towards. If you don’t like this movie, then you simply do not like joy.