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Toy Story 4 Review

Howdy people of the internet, how is it going? So yeah after a break that took a lot longer than I expected due to a cold that took my voice away. I am back to share my thoughts on the latest film in the Toy Story series; Toy Story 4 via my podcast Film Focus.

Now I have been curious, cautious and hopeful about this film since its announcement in 2014. And Toy Story 3, one of my all-time favourite films, ended the series in such a strong way, I thought why would Pixar potentially ruin the series with another entry? It wasn’t until the full trailers came out that I got an idea of what TS4 would be like and that’s when I started to feel some hope that it could be another solid film in the series. So how was the film? Well, check out this spoiler-free review to find out!

Anyway here’s the review:

If you haven’t checked out my podcast before you can find it here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

So have you seen Toy Story 4 and if so what did you think of it? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2019 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: The Circle

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about The Circle. Now I was really excited to see this film back in January of this year, however, once the film was released and got average to bad reviews, it left me a tad disappointed so I gave the film a skip. But once it showed up on Netflix not too long afterwards I put it on my watchlist with the intention to see it before 2017 ended. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity.” Firstly the film’s plot reminds me a lot of an episode of Black Mirror, just without the mystery, subtly, intrigue, depth and unsettling nature. The story was interesting and had some really great elements in the beginning and certain moments throughout, but as the story went on, things just went in strange and bizarre directions, and by the end, it felt weird that that’s how everything wrapped up. It was interesting to learn about The Circle, their innovations and the subtle/not so subtle plan to essentially see everything everyone is doing anywhere in the world. This film felt like what could potentially happen in real life if certain companies and individuals took social media and transparency and amped it up to a ridiculous degree which was certainly engaging and scary at times. That being said some of the dialogue and scenarios that play out didn’t feel very realistic like it was artificial and took place in some heightened version of reality instead of being a plausible future. When the plot ended I felt unsatisfied, like certain plot and characters elements were brought up only to be forgotten or used in a minor way. The cast was solid however some of them weren’t utilised to the best of their abilities. Firstly there’s Emma Watson as Mae Holland, Watson was good, and at first, you’re on board with her character, however, as the film continues she sort of changes into a totally different character capable of making decisions that seem unlike her. We’re given no sense of progression towards this change and even though she discovers a lot of bad stuff and ends up in some bad situations, she preserved making some bad decisions that made her hard to root for. Tom Hanks was good as Eamon Bailey, Hanks has a warmth and captivating presence that makes him likeable even when he’s playing not so nice guys, and even though we’re meant to like this guy, you can tell that something’s off through some of his dialogue and facial expressions. I liked Karen Gillan as Annie Allerton, she was very bubbly and energetic, but also had some dramatic moments too. John Boyega as Ty Lafitte was good but very underutilised, Patton Oswalt as Tom Stenton was good but like Eamon you could see he’s dodgy from the time he was introduced, and Ellar Coltrane as Mercer, Coltrane was fine in the role but the character was so dull and uninteresting that I didn’t care much about him until a key moment later on in the film. And finally, the late Bill Paxton and Glenne Headly played Mae’s parents Vinnie and Bonnie Holland, they were both good in their roles. In conclusion, The Circle was a film with an interesting concept but lacks a compelling story with a weak sense of direction and some questionable plot choices, it wasn’t the worst film I’ve seen this year but it could have been better.

So have you seen The Circle and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2017 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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ONE PARAGRAPH REVIEW: Sully

Howdy ladies and gents, after enjoying Moana I jumped into Sully (aka Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) next, and since I don’t have as much to say about this film I’ll be doing another one paragraph review.

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The plot can be summed up as the following: “The film follows Sullenberger’s January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, and the subsequent publicity and investigation.” The interesting thing about Sully is how it fleshed out the story beyond just the plane landing, through non-linear story telling we as the audience get to see events before, during and after the plane landing through the eyes of not only Captain Sully but the passengers on-board too. We get into the mindscape of Sully and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles and what that kind of event does to someone psychologically, then there’s the different perspectives of all the people not only on the plane, but also the members of National Transportation Safety Board as they investigate sully in an aggressive and quite personal manner. I also enjoyed how even though you knew how things would turn out, there was still a great deal of tension and suspense throughout the film. I’ve heard the film wasn’t realistic in the portrayal of the National Transportation Safety Board and I too felt like the film was a little too antagonistic towards Sully considering the ridiculous miracle he pulled off, but other than that the overall story was good and moved at a good pace too. As for the cast they were all really solid, firstly there’s Tom Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger who was incredible in the main role and I have yet to see him turn in a bad performance, and Aaron Eckhart was also really engaging as Jeffrey “Jeff” Skiles. Laura Linney was also really good as Lorraine Sullenberger and other people worth noting was Anna Gunn as Dr. Elizabeth Davis and Chris Bauer as Larry Rooney. In conclusion Sully was better than expected and provided an engaging experience from start to end with a lovely piece of music and some archive footage in the credits too, I would recommend it.

So have you seen Sully and if so what do you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts on the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Bridge of Spies

Howdy people of the internet, time for another film review and today I’ll be talking about Bridge of Spies. I’ve been following this film since it was announced and had early set photos released online and was curious to see what Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg would come up with. So now that I’ve seen the film I’m ready to pass judgement.

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“During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.”

I thought the story was pretty good. At the center of this film is an American man trying to get a potentially dangerous Soviet spy justice and send him back home in exchange for another American pilot. The subject matter and time period for the events that took place in this film were great as it was a time full of unease, uncertainty and preconceived notions went it came to the tension between countries during the Cold War. Times were different, everyone was looking out for number one and while certain parties had their countries best interests at heart, the means they used weren’t always right especially when you looked at it from a moral, ethical or logical point of view. But what this film did well was to illustrate the fact that there was no right way of doing things, that situations good or bad could switch at the tip of a hat and that there was lot of grey areas when it came to the way in which the law, government and politics work as a whole. While there was certainly intense or dramatic moments of action, this film felt very personal, intimate and emotional thanks to the dialogue and these key scenes that took place between the may key characters, oh and it also helped that there were good moments of humour sprinkled in too which helped keep things from getting to depressing.

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As for the cast, they did a fabulous job in their roles. Tom Hanks once again proves he’s the man as he turned in another good performance as James B. Donovan. Here we had a character who was smart, noble and passionate about not only the nature of his job but about justice and you could really get behind him because it was so righteous, likable and committed to his mission, plus the guy goes through hell being public enemy number one in America, had to travel to other countries and had to make tough calls and negotiate the heck out of some of these impossible scenarios. Thankfully Hanks had that right level of charm, subtly, sternness and passion that makes him so engaging to watch. Mark Rylance as Rudolf Abel was really great too, this guy was one of the most calm and collected people I have ever seen in a film in years, he barely showed emotion, yet was able to portray a lot of with just his words and Rylance was really engaging in this role. I also liked Amy Ryan as Mary McKenna Donovan and Scott Shepherd as Hoffman, Alan Alda and Austin Stowell were great as Thomas Watters and Francis Gary Powers. It was great to see Domenick Lombardozzi again this year (after his appearance in Marvel’s Daredevil) as Agent Blasco and another one of my favourite TV people, Jesse Plemons was also good as Murphy. and the rest of the cast were solid as well in addition to the really nice cinematography and soundtrack by Thomas Newman.

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In conclusion Bridge of Spies was a film with an interesting story to tell full of many engaging, shocking and dramatic elements. The lack of action and the film’s duration may turn certain audience members off, however if you are interested in seeing character driven drama with some solid performances then you’ll enjoy this.

So have you seen Bridge of Spies and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to drop a comment below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Saving Mr Banks Review

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to the first of 3 film reviews today. Now I know that I am a fair bit late with this film review, but honestly my uni schedule has kept me away from the cinema so that’s why this Saving Mr. Banks review is SO late. However I knew that this was a film I’d have to review for this blog no matter what, so read on to find out my thoughts,

The story in the film depicts author P. L. Travers and her fortnight-long briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney, in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel. And while in LA Travers has flashbacks into her troubled past as a child which haunts her.

I thought the story was fairly interesting, dramatic, funny and unexpected. I knew the film would be about the process in which Disney wanted to make Mary Poppins into musical and how he had to get approval from Travers, but I never knew it would turn out like this. I thought the film would be a typical drama “based on a true story”, however I did not expect the film to have as much emotional depth to it. I got a bit teary-eyed to be honest. 😛 The story is very much centered on  P. L. Travers, but there is also some room for Walt Disney and some other major character plot lines that you do not expect to see due to trailers leaving it out.

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As for the cast they al do a tremendous job at bringing their characters to life and making us, the audience care about them. But the stand-out performance by far is Emma Thompson as Pamela “P. L.” Travers. Thompson was absolutely mesmerizing as the author of Mary Poppins, she was extremely intimidating, pre-judgemental, overbearing, persistent, and quite a rude woman in general. But it was those qualities that made her such a joy to watch as her snarky remarks and actions lead to some very moments throughout the film. Thompson is just such a versatile actress and her believability and emotional range is so heartfelt and beautiful, and for some reason I felt incredibly attracted to her (I don’t know why though, maybe I like older women? :S). Oh and Annie Rose Buckley was great as the young P.L. Travers too!

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Tom Hanks is good as always as Walt Disney, Hanks plays the iconic filmmaker and you can see that he is very jolly, charismatic and full of life, but also strong-willed, stubborn and likes to get his own way. And while this is not Hanks at his best, that is by no means a negative on his part as he turns in a good performance that is worth mentioning. The other major person in this film is Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff, Farrell has a fairly big role in this film that many won’t be aware of until they watch the film and he does a great job in the film. His character is a very loving father, but behind his usually good-willed exterior, on the inside he had problems. This is definitely one of my favourite Farrell performances, it is strong, emotional and his accent is so good for a dude that’s naturally Irish.

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And my other favourite performance would be from Paul Giamatti as Ralph, Pamela’s chauffeur. Giamatti is very well-known and versatile actor and while this was one of his more light-hearted roles, he was just adorable as this happy-go-lucky kind of guy who drove around Travers and tried to make conversation with her, even with her negative attitude. He and Travers have some great screen time together and I loved their interaction together. Other notable performances include Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, Melanie Paxson as Dolly and B. J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman.

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In conclusion Saving Mr. Banks was a very good film with a lot of heart and amazing performances from the cast, but it is truly Emma Thompson who steals the show with incredible acting talent. While the film wasn’t nearly as impressive as I thought it would be because of the hype prior to it, it is something I will probably watch again at some point because of the performances alone.

Rating: 8.5 /10 (A beautiful story with a great central performance from Emma Thompson)

So what did you think of Saving Mr. Banks? Did you like it or hate it? Whatever your thoughts are, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Captain Phillips Review

Hello there people of the interweb, time for the second film review of the day and after reviewing Escape Plan, its time for me to talk about Captain Phillips. Now I have only known about for around two months, but ever since I saw the first trailer I’ve been really hyped for this film. You had Tom Hanks, one of the most accomplished actors ever along with Paul Greengrass at the helm who has directed some of my favourite films (Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum and Green Zone), how good you go wrong? So I went into this film with fairly high expectations and I think its fair to say that I wasn’t let down. 🙂

The story of the film is a biopic retelling the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. The film focuses on the relationship between Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

I thought the story in this film was SO good. I like how it was meant to be a regular day for Phillips and his crew, but when the pirates appear things start to get iffy and then once they board the ship everything goes to shit. From there the film is all about the connection between Phillips and the pirate leader Muse. Everything about the plot screams of a good solid thriller, it has action, loads of suspense and tension so high it leaves you on edge nearly all the time. The tension in this film just get bigger and bigger as the film descends into more dangerous and chaotic situations, and what I loved was that the film didn’t feel cheap or cliché. Most things played out in a realistic, dramatic and emotional fashion that keeps you invested from start to finish. Now I know that there are apparently inaccuracies to the way events truly went down, but I’m just looking at this as a film on its own merits and for me, the story works just fine.

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Now let’s talk about the cast, all of which do a fantastic job as the characters they portray, but the stand out performance has to be from Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips. Hanks has always been a very well-received actor in most of his films, he’s proved time and again that he is a very versatile actor and in this film, he is no different. Hanks kills it as this sea captain who wishes to keep all of his crewmates safe while at the same time trying to talk sense into the pirates. The main covers all ends of the emotional spectrum and the thing is, he never makes it feel cheap, all of these scenes that Hanks acts out feels real, raw and you really feel for his character during this terrible endeavour. I see why people are talking about Hanks potentially getting an Oscar, I feel like he deserves too haha.

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Not there to be outdone by Tom Hanks, one of the other key stars of this film is Barkhad Abdi as Abduwali Muse, pirate leader. For a dude making his acting debut, Abdi does a bloody good job. Muse has this seriously intimating presence, with piercing eyes and cold, aggressive, yet cool personality to boot. What I like about Muse is that even though he is a bad guy, he does have a reason for doing what he’s doing and behind all the bravado, there is a human behind all the evil and Abdi really sells this character to the audience. Also Barkhad Abdirahman as Bilal is one of the most intense bad guys I’ve come across, even though he is the underlying of Muse, Bilal has his own opinions on what should be done during the hijacking and this leads some really crazy, scary and tension-building scenes where Abdirahman really shows off his acting skills too. As for Faysal Ahmed as Najee and Mahat M. Ali as Elmi, they’re good in their roles too but its note as noteworthy as the other above.

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Moving onto the presentation now and I have to say it worked very nicely. Visually the film definitely looks like a Paul Greengrass film, the cinematography and slight shaky camera reminds me out the Bourne films and the scenes at night, while a bit dark, were shot really well. soundtrack by Henry Jackman is very nice offering up some wonderful variety and multiple moments of emotional music that really amplifies the action that’s happening on-screen. Oh and one other thing to note, there’s one track in this film that I SWEAR sounds just like a rearranged version of the song “Time” by from Inception soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. I won’t say where in the film the track plays, but SERIOUSLY listen to it and tell me you don’t hear it too!

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In conclusion, Captain Phillips is a fine film and I can easily say it’s my favourite film of the year so far. Unlike the other crap I’ve had to sit through this year, this film was genuinely great from start to finish. The combination of Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks is brilliant and they have made a film that is completely solid. I highly recommend this film to everyone looking for a GOOD film at the cinema, this is amazing material that no one should miss out on. 🙂

Rating: 9/10 (Such a good film with real drama, action, emotion and all the other good qualities of a great thriller)

So what did you think of Captain Phillips? Did you enjoy the tension-based thriller at the high seas or was this story not for you? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Cloud Atlas Review

Man, I am ashamed that it’s taken me this long to get watch Cloud Atlas, sure it’s only been around a week but this was one of my most anticipated films. Why? Well I saw the trailer for this when it first hit the internet back in the summer and I thought it looked incredible. It just looked, unique, mysterious and full of originality. I was gutted when I found out that Americans were gonna get the film in November while we over here in the UK had to wait until FRIGGIN’ FEBRUARY! What the hell! Oh well, the film’s finally been released over here and I’ve watched it, so what’s the verdict? Well read on and find out!

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The story of this film has been described as:

“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”

In truth that’s the best way to sum it up. In truth what I got from the film was that there were people in different points in time whose actions affected others. It is a little hard to explain without having seen the trailers or the full film, but I thought it was very interesting stuff. I liked the themes of survival, love, courage and change. There are loads of stories going on in this film and you literally jump from one to the other at any given moment, at first this was really surprising and took a while to adjust to but after a while you grow accustomed to it. The concept for this film is bloody impressive and is executed in a unique fashion, however I feel like the overall idea from the original novel didn’t translate across to the audience the way I feel the filmmakers thought it would. I’m not saying I could do a better job because trying to adapt a novel is no easy task, all I’m saying is that by the end of the story some people will be left either in awe or in a state of confusion.

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When it comes to the characters, that’s a hard one to talk about without going into specifics, but the film features the acting talents of the following people: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

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I’ll just highlight a few of the performances that stood out for me. Firstly there’s Tom Hanks, he was fabulous and was probably the actor with the most parts. It was great to see how different each character was and see how versatile Hanks was as an actor. Next we have Halley Berry, this is easily her best film in years. Berry actually look pretty hot at certain points, plus all of her characters were different and interesting. Also Jim Broadbent was great in the film and he definitely brought his A-game to his characters that were really quirky and imaginative. And my other favourite characters were played by Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae as their stories were some of the most interesting a beautiful stuff to me. Now as you might have guessed all of the actors involved play different versions of themselves from different points in time so there’s a lot of make-up involved to alter their features. The make-up jobs on these actors can range from pretty good to downright awful, (Hugo Weaving what did they do to you in Neo Seoul!?!).

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When it comes to the presentation it is pretty kick ass for the most part. Besides the questionable make-up that I already mentioned, the cinematography is wonderful and there is some absolutely beautiful shots in the film especially in slow motion. There are also some great use of GCI in the film to create some of these futuristic worlds and action sequences, it was some impressive stuff especially the world Neo Seoul, (Korea). Also the soundtrack for the film by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil was beautiful and very captivating.

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Now while Cloud Atlas isn’t the experimental masterpiece that I was hoping for it was the most unique and ambitious films I’ve come across in a while. In these days of films in the cinema which are either remakes, reboots, spin-offs or your basic book-to-film adaptations, Cloud Atlas appears and really tries to deliver a different kind of film experience, and for that I applaud the film and the filmmakers. Now having said that, when the film ended some guy in the screening shouted “What a load of crap! Did anyone else understand the film?” Some people laughed. As I walked out I could still hearing him moaning away, “What a load of crap, can’t believe I wasted money on that film!” See its ignorant and foolish comments like that really bug the hell out of me, some people just don’t take to things that are different and just stick to the basic shit that Hollywood throws out most of the time. Hell I should have recommended him Movie 43. Anyways I just wanted to say just because Cloud Atlas is different doesn’t mean that it sucks.

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So in conclusion after finally watching Cloud Atlas I have to say while it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it. Though it was still one of the most unique films I’ve seen with some intriguing stories and themes, characters and beautiful presentation. It is a pretty long film nearing around 3 hours but I’d say give this film a chance and then make up your mind afterwards.

Rating: 7.5/10 (It’s a film experience that needs to be seen.)

So there’s my review people, have you seen Cloud Atlas and if so what are your thoughts on it? Whatever they may be drop them below and comment away. I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Toy Story 3 Review

 

Hello ladies and gentlemen, and today I’m going to give you another review from recent history in the shape of one of my favourite films ever, Toy Story 3.

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Now let’s think back to Toy Story 1, back in 1995 when it changed not only the way in which we look at animated films but it also made cinematic history too. It was the first feature film to be made in with CGI and it covered one of the most interesting subjects: what happens to toys when the owners aren’t playing with them. When I first saw it as a kid I was astonished, it was instantly something I could relate to and to see them come to life when Andy wasn’t around and have these adventures was just incredible. Pixar truly made something magical with that film and then they decided to make a sequel in the shape of Toy Story 2 in 1999. It was originally going to be a direct-to-video sequel but along the line they decided to turn it into a theatrical movie. Toy Story 2 must be one of my favourite sequels ever, it had a greater depth of story, more characters full of originality and charm, more locations and a greater sense of urgency to rescue friends in distress. It was another successful film and the part of the story that dealt with Jessie’s past with that beautiful song, it always touches my heart every time and I feel in many ways that Toy Story 2 was superior to the original in the sense that it went further to explain how toys feel about their owners and what their futures hold and how they have to stay together as long as possible.

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So in the summer of 2010, 15 years after the first film and 11 years after the second we were given the third in the series and I have to admit when I heard about the film going into production I had to question whether Pixar were going to be able to recapture the magic that they created with the first two films because of the long duration of time between the last prequel and the way in which world of cinema has changed since back then. Thankfully my doubts about the film were completely unnecessary as Toy Story 3 in my opinion is one of the best films I have ever seen. Period.

Now everyone knows the plot of the film, but I shall give a brief overview; basically Andy is 17 and heading into college and is deciding what to do with his toys, Woody is chosen to be taken to college while the others are meant to be put in the attic. However the gang are almost thrown out in the garbage, thinking they are unwanted by Andy the gang escape and end up in day-care. When things don’t turn out to be as great as they had hoped the group band together to escape and find their way back to Andy. The great thing about Toy Story 3 is that it puts you right back in the same place that you were in when watching the earlier films years ago. You get that great feeling of nostalgia as soon as the movie begins. It’s like time hasn’t affected them at all, everything looks and feels right, like looking at an old photograph. Woody is still an optimistic leader, Buzz is still Woody’s best friend and biggest supporter, Jessie is the high-spirited lass that she was from before along with Bullseye the horse and the rest of the cast from Rex to Mr. Potato Head and everyone else feels right. Besides a few old faces that aren’t in this film, the script and story help justify the reasons for why they are no longer in Andy’s toy collection in a subtle way.

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What has to be said is that Toy Story 3 is a really emotive film and really tackles the subject matter that Stinky Pete talking about in the last film, about toys when they reach the end of their play cycle with their owners and what happens after that point. We see that some toys end up in day-care; some are thrown away or some given to new children. This film does an incredible job of tackling this new set of situations that the toys are in, the story is absolutely precious, with the new characters involved like Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear, Chuckles, Mr. Pricklepants and Ken among many others adding a new layer of enjoyment to the Toy Story series. They all have interesting stories to tell and when you see how they interact with the original cast, it’s really cool.

From a visual standpoint Toy Story 3 is just remarkable and it really does show how far technology has come in the world of 3D animation. After watching the first two films and seeing how they looked, this film is just on a whole different scale. Toy Story 3 has an incredible amount of detail going into it, when it comes to the character models they are amazingly detailed, crisp and shiny, the way the light hits them at different times of the day and use of colour really help give the toys a sense of realism. This applies to both the toys and the human characters, especially the humans who actually look much better than previous films and have some similarities to other Pixar films. The different locations that appear in the film really do display a lot of detail too and present a lot of chances for some varied colour schemes and interactivity with the toys too. Never have the toys, human characters and locations ever looked so good.

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Also having Randy Newman come back to compose the soundtrack is fabulous as he gives us that same unifying sound that resides in the world of Toy Story. The music is nostalgic, emotive, soft and heartfelt and while the songs don’t quite meet that same emotional peak from Toy Story 2 where Jessie’s song moved me to tears, this soundtrack has a lot of scenes that will make you want to cry. And speaking of crying I know it’s been mentioned many times before but this film really is one of those films that make you cry, I don’t cry very often in films unless it’s The Shawshank Redemption and a few other choice titles. But I saw this film 3 times in the cinema and I welled up each time, it’s that trademark Pixar magic touch that captures your heart and makes you shed tears when it matters. And when I hear some people say, “What’s wrong with you, crying in an animated film about toys? Are you some sort of weirdo?” I say go eat me, I’ve heard people cry at worse films than this, I say cry at Toy Story 3 it’s worth it. I also want to give credit to the cast as they were magnificent in this film, Tom Hanks & Tim Allen are still in top form as Woody & Buzz Lightyear, their friendship is still magnetic and with the story in this film it takes the characters to different territories and we see new sides of them too especially with Wood because in a way it really is his story. Joan Cusack is still as impressive as ever as Jessie and the same can be said for Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, Wallace Shawn as Rex and John Ratzenberger as Hamm. One special mention should also be given to Blake Clark as Slinky Dog who does a fantastic job as the new voice for Slinky after the death of the original actor Jim Varney. And the two final mentions I will give out are to Ned Beatty as Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear who gives us a very interesting, scary and wonderful performance and Michael Keaton as Ken is just fabulous, everything he says is just perfect and when there’s a scene all about him, he is just on fire!

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In truth you really don’t expect a film about toys and what happens to them after they are used up to be so good, but it is. The story is beautiful and well-told and certain scenes will really hit home just like the way a good film should, while I’m sort of in two minds about whether it’s the best film in the Toy Story series because I am really attached to the second film, I’m kind of leaning towards this film because it felt so sad and beautiful at the end. The film’s subject matter is covered with such compassion and care that you really feel for the toys, you feel attached to them and want to see what happens to them, the film is really dark in nature too and has the greatest level of emotion that the series has offered so far. I would say that it is the most emotive animated film in existence and it’s also one of the few films to make me smile when I left the cinema.

In conclusion Toy Story 3 is like looking into a mirror of your past and revisiting old memories. It shows you what you enjoyed in life and how these memories whether they be psychical or otherwise can stay with you regardless of how old you are. Pixar proved once again that a sequel can be as good or even better than its predecessor when the right amount of time, dedication and hard work is put into it. Pixar have made a sequel that is now part of trilogy that is better than a lot of live action film trilogies and that’s saying something. To anyone who still hasn’t seen this film I highly recommend it. Toy Story 3 is truly amazing and I love it to death, it was my 2nd favourite film of 2010 and I think it’s in my top 50 films of all time too. Ultimate satisfaction thy name is Toy Story 3!

Rating: 10/10

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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