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Toy Story 4

In the second movie this year to involve Jordan Peele and a lost child at a carnival, the very existence of a fourth Toy Story seemed to baffle many moviegoers, as the third film seemed to wrap up the series so well.

As far as a conclusion to the series goes, Toy Story 4 does enough to make its presence worthy, as the “ending” actually works on another level on top of the one given to us in the third. However, I will say that as far as quality goes, this last installment certainly does dip from the bar its predecessors set.

Its still an enjoyable film, don’t get me wrong. but it has a lot more false-ringing moments to it and fatigue in familiar plot points is felt deeper. They have to go back for yet another lost toy. Complications, and now the same or another toy is left behind. Repeat. That does get a little tiring.

The transformation of a minor love interest into a Frozen-level action hero works for the film, but also seems like a lot of pandering. They were also going for something with the antagonist that I felt didn’t worked either.  This film really felt like it was made by committee; perhaps more-so than any other Pixar I can think of at the moment.

But that said, its always neat to see them expand the Toy Story world (though they do have some Finding Dory issues with pushing the limits too far). Visually, the film is gorgeous. Pixar certainly always seems to push their animation further with each film they do. And its hard not to like the characters, though a lot of the secondary characters you love are really left in the background here.

So yeah, its good. But when it comes right down to it, the series didn’t really need it.


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