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Introduction to the Toy Story 4 Movie Review by Ms. H.
If you saw the latest rendition in the Toy Story movie franchise, you may have noticed there were some new characters introduced. In addition to the usual characters of Woody played by Tom Hanks and Bo Peep, voice acted by Annie Potts, there were other characters as well. Riding on his surge of internet and John Wick 3 popularity is Keanu Reeves as the motorcyclist Duke Caboom. However, the question is was the Toy Story movie enjoyable to watch because of the new characters or did they make any difference at all. Check out my movie review of the Toy Story 4 film to find out.
Plot of the Toy Story 4 Movie
The plot of the Toy Story 4 movie was simple. The story revolves around an attempt on Woody’s part to locate his romantic interest little Bo Peep who was no longer wanted by her previous owner. She was being carted away from the other toys and of course, Woody had to search for her.
Woody also met and made friends with a new character -- Forky who is in fact a plastic fork. When I saw the movie previews, I got the impression the writer was grabbing at “straws” -- pun intended -- when a fork was added to the cast of the Toy Story 4 movie. However, after watching the film for awhile, this new character Forky may start to grow on you.
Pros of the Toy Story 4 Movie
Regarding the new characters -- I think their introduction in the mx added to the number of story scenarios for the characters.
Another pro of the Toy Story 4 movie is that it is one the entire family can enjoy. There were no overt violence or bloody scenes and the movie moved along at a relatively good pace. Additionally the length of the movie was just right for the storyline.
By the way, my favorite character in the movie was the doll with the red hair -- Gabby Gabby who was voiced by Christina Hendricks. Sometimes it was difficult to figure out if she was a good or bad guy, especially when she had two mannequins doing her deeds for her.
If I watch the Toy Story 4 movie again, I would probably skip to the part where she appears, because in a way she was both comical and entertaining. Additionally, I think the actor who voice acted this character was a good match. Of course, if you see the movie, you may have your own opinion as to which character stood out for you.
Cons of the Toy Story 4 Movie
The biggest problem I found with the Toy Story 4 movie is that in just about every scene Woody was chasing someone or something which became repetitive after a while.
Spoiler Alert: Another con or problem was a scene where an older woman was hit in the face with an object, not once but twice. Somehow the writer/director thought this was a funny scene. While some of the audience laughed at this part, I thought this scene was out of place in the Toy Story 4 movie.
The Toy Story 4 movie plot was highly predictable -- so much so that if I had left my seat and returned, I could tell you what transpired while I was away.
Spoiler alert: An annoying and again repetitious part of the movie was Forky wanting to return to the trash can and Woody removing him again and again from the can. I think too many scenes were devoted to this action.
Little Known Fact about Toy Story 4 Movie : This movie was criticized by some for its lack of diversity regarding the cast of characters.
Assessment of Toy Story 4 Movie
I wanted to rate the Toy Story 4 movie high; however, as hard as I tried, I could not see myself giving this film a 4 star or a 5 star rating. Yes, there was some action, a few funny parts, but for the most part I did not enjoy this movie as much as I expected I would. In my opinion, new characters made the Toy Story movie different but did not boost my enjoyment level. In fact, I think it’s time for Pixar to develop more creative story ideas if it continues to have sequels to the Toy Story movies.
Rating of the Toy Story 4 Movie
Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate the Toy Story 4 movie 3 stars.