Toy Story 4 (2019)

 

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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.

Just like almost everybody else, I thought Toy Story 3 was about as close to perfection as could be, and that it served as an excellent way to close out the story of Buzz and Woody.

Now, here we are nine years later discussing Toy Story 4, and after seeing it, it’s clear that there is no reason why this series couldn’t go forever, and why shouldn’t it?  It’s universally loved by children and adults alike – the Toy Story films are stunningly animated, brilliantly cast, and more importantly, completely and utterly enjoyable.

For this fourth entry in the franchise, all of the original voice cast (Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger etc etc) return to the roles they have played for decades.  They are joined by Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as Ducky and Bunny and Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby, as well as Tony Hale as Forky – the catalyst to the whole adventure.

There are plenty of funny’s for the entire family, and the visuals are great – stunning actually – and of course, plenty of action to keep the viewers attention, but at its core, Toy Story 4 has a lot more going on.  It’s about loss, love, friendship, finding oneself and the slightly darker tones of suicide (Forky is essentially trying to kill himself, and Woody basically sits on suicide watch).

I have nothing bad to say about this movie.  It’s well written and directed, the casting is inspired – and I fully expect both Keanu Reeves and Key and Peele to turn up in future entries, due to how strongly their characters have been received – making this fun for the whole family.

I honestly didn’t think we needed Toy Story 4, but now that it’s here, I want this franchise to continue forever.

9.5/10

Review by Rick Trewin

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