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Movie Review: Toy Story 3

There is little that I can say, because I'm still choked up - this is a beautiful show.

I had been anxious to see it, because Howard Tayler, whose reviews I always appreciate, was ample with his praise. RottenTomatoes gave it a 99, which means even the most jaded cynics had something good to say about the film (although Armond White, Cole Smithey and Jeremy Heilman must all be dreadfully depressing people in real life.)

One always goes into follow-up movies with a certain sense of trepidation. The dark era when "Fievel Goes Fishing Garbage Out of Subway Grates" and "Land Before Time 47: The Gerontosaurs" went straight to video just to milk a few more dollars out of a long-moribund franchise still leaves me a bit jittery when any movie company announces a sequel of a sequel, but in this case Pixar has scored the hat trick.

Andy's all grown up, and the gang has to face their final challenge together. The villains were unexpected, the emotions powerful enough to bring out the hanky, and there were enough twists and delights to make me laugh through my tears; (I think my favorite review is by Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly - beware, it's got spoilers). I just wanted to kidnap Bonnie right off the screen and take her home to hug.

We saw it in 2D, and I'm not sure the added depth would have been worth the extra money in this case, but if you like 3D films, there are some scenes in this one that would probably make it worth the extra few dollars per seat.

Go see this one, it's worth your time.

Overall Rating: 9 out of 10 stars.

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Jun. 30th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
toy story 3 was just absolutely brilliant and it was hard not to shed a tear towards the end

movie magic is still going strong
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)

Saw it in 3D - don't think it made much of a difference. Not that I noticed anyway. But I suppose if the story is good and it's well done the 3D should be seamless and not noticed. Either way we didn't pay extra for it.
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I concur with OE that the 3D, while no doubt expertly done, was easy to ignore.

I'd been so worried about TS3. Statistically, threequels with "3" in the title are more likely to bomb than threequels without. I also think sequels that come long after the last in a series are likely to feel too different, tho that's a lesser issue for animation as you can't see the actors. Instead, Pixar's made four strong features in a row -- and, if you ask me, four strong pre-feature shorts in a row.
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Can't see it in the UK yet (DVD, boss, you want ?)
Liked the spoilers - they won't stop me wanting to see this one (or the new Shrek)
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Jul. 1st, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
> especially when the toys all held hands in the face of their ultimate peril.

Yup, that was the moment where I totally lost it.

Jul. 1st, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
I'll be keeping an eye out for it, all the reviews I've seen on it have been positive.

On the matter of 3D, I recently had the opportunity to watch part of Monsters vs Aliens on a 3D HDTV.
I could tell it was 3D, but was not really impressed.

Maybe when the prices come down to what 2D HDTVs cost.
(and when I have a real job, probably after I'm married)


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