Toy Story 4
IMDb Rating | 8.4
Humpo Show Rating | 9.0
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Annie Potts, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Tim Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and others
Director: Josh Cooley
Plot Summary: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. (IMDb)
Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. After losing Forky at a carnival, Woody tries his best to get the lost Forky back to Bonnie, before the RV leaves them all behind to become lost toys.
The story picks up with Woody and the other toys happy in their new life with Bonnie. Their new owner is about to attend kindergarten for the first time and is very worried about going – sensing this, Woody sneaks into her backpack and covertly looks out for her. This leads to Bonnie creating ‘Forky’ from trash and supplies that Woody recovered for her. Forky comes to life in Bonnie’s backpack, shocking Woody and the other toys, but he believes that he is trash and not a toy. With Forky having become Bonnie’s favourite toy, Woody has to continually prevent him from throwing himself in the trash. The story continues when Bonnie and her family go on a road trip…
I, like many people, am a massive fan of the Toy Story franchise. The original film is a classic, not only for being the first feature-length film to be entirely computer-animated, as well as the first feature film from Pixar, but the fact that is a heart-warming and iconic story. Toy Story 2 is also possibly one of the best sequels of all time. And eleven years after the sequel, Toy Story 3 blew everything out of the water with an absolutely exceptional film and a beautiful ending – most of us thought it was the ending. So, when Toy Story 4 was announced, there was a sense of wariness around the film as we all wondered if they could possibly end the film better than the third installment. But that wariness was definitely misplaced as the fourth (and final?) chapter of this epic saga is a wonderful, emotional and fitting conclusion to the characters that have been in our lives for a long time, some for 24 years!
The new additions were fantastic. Forky is sweet and funny – the writers gave him plenty of character development throughout the film. I was a little skeptical at first, as I am every time a new ‘cast’ member joins, but he quickly won me over. He is just one of several great new characters. Bunny and Ducky were brilliant – there is a particularly scene where they come up with various scenarios, which is laugh out loud funny. The whole cinema was in hysterics for that scene! Duke Caboom, a Canadian daredevil, is amazing, and a surprising role for Keanu Reeves, and there is a good enough story behind him too.
Toy Story 4 is definitely a tearjerker; the story is solid, the action is brilliant, the comedy hits all the right notes (as does the musical scores), the animation is seamless, and it all combines to make a memorable film that the whole family can enjoy.