Toy Story 4 Movie Review 2019: One For Everyone

Toy Story 4 Movie Review 2019: One For Everyone

Movie Name
Toy Story 4
Josh Cooley
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
01 hours 48 minutes

Toy Story 4 Review

It's like the toy store where there's something for every kind of person, adults and kids alike.

A traditional bridal gown must have something old which signifies continuity, something new which stands for a future full of hope, something borrowed which is happiness shared and something blue for purity, love and fidelity.

Director Josh Cooley goes at the fourth edition of the nearly quarter century-old franchise like he's a master-cutter making a bridal dress. Familiar toys like Sheriff Woody (voiced by good old Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts' voice) share closet space with spanking new ones like Forky(voice: Tony Hale), Gabby Gabby(Christina Hendricks going from sneaky vamp to a softie) and Canadian biker Duke Caboom(welcome, Keanu Reeves).

What is borrowed and shared is camaraderie and the sighs and highs that emotional bonds are so potent with. When one of their own has fallen in the slush and will be washed away, Woody and Bo enlist the abilities of all the spring toys to climb down for a rescue act. When the human kid who has outgrown Bo gives her away along with her three sheep, the pangs of separation make macho Woody go mushy. It is mush-time for Woody as Andy the little boy whose favourite toy he once was, has gone away to college and Bonnie, the little girl has her own special ones. But something blue is what Woody represents as he stows away in Bonnie's school bag on her orientation day in school and helps her make Forky, her own new toy. Loyalty, love, purity and fidelity are all out there when Bonnie develops the softest corner for Forky who's eternally running away because he'd rather go back into the trash can from where he came than be a toy. The comfort of familiarity is subtle but sweet when Forky sleeps like a king in the trash can instead of cuddling up with Bonnie on her bed. Plucky Woody of course has a big hand in bringing Forky back to Bonnie each time he skips away and finally learn to live like a toy.

For toys there's no greater joy than belonging to a kid who smothers it with love.

Through Woody, a whole range of emotions are in play. Reunion and romance with Bo Peep, the relevance crisis that comes with age when he's set aside for a newer toy and learning when to let go. Hey, are we talking about toys or humans?

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

That’s the beauty of Toy Story 4 as Cooley makes it an emotional and fun ride with superlative animation and cinematography that make the toys seem so human. So even though some portions are far-fetched, for the sheer joy of finding a ride for each one in this 100-minute carnival, Toy Story 4 gets a 3.5* rating.


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