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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Toy Story 3 - Film Review

Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3 - Movie Poster
Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3

OK, I won't lie, I love Pixar. They are geniuses and never cease to amaze me. They have never yet made a bad film or scored lower than 8/10 from me for anything (yes even Cars... Although I must admit, I still need to see Cars 2).  The year 2010 got off to a bit of a poor start with the quality of films released, but it soon picked up once Inception and Toy Story 3 in 3D hit our cinema screens.  Here is my review for Toy Story 3 written just after viewing the film in the cinema in 2010.

If you haven't seen the first two Toy Story films, why not? Its hard to believe that the first Pixar feature film - Toy Story was way back in 1995 and it's still amazing even today. The hugely successful Toy Story 2 has the ability to reduce a grown man to tears with Jessie's Scene and a beautiful song by Randy Newman, sung by Sarah McLachlan called 'When She Loved Me'. Somehow Pixar have the ability to bring a lump to the throat of even the most hardened movie go-er at will. And they do it again with Toy Story 3.

As far as I know, everyone in the whole world has seen the first two Toy Story films and everyone is a massive fan (this is a fact by the way), Toy Story 3 is made for those fans (so everyone in the world then). It takes place years after the first two movies, Andy is now grown up and about to head off for college. He hasn't played with his toys in years so this third instalment in the franchise follows the fate of Andy's toys in this depressing time for them. What happens to toys when they are no longer needed?  This is a theme that Jessie had already experienced in Toy Story 2, and now the rest of Andy's toys would move on for their next adventure (or Great Escape if you will ;)

Ken of Ken and Barbie in Toy Story 3
Ken of Ken and Barbie may actually steal the show in Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 introduces many new characters, the highlight being Ken (of Ken and Barbie). He is so funny, and worth the price of entry alone. Mr. Potato Head had the cinema in tears of laughter with his antics, so, so good. And Buzz Lightyear getting reset to Spanish is just diamond, oh and Chuckles the Clown is comedy gold. Pixar have outdone themselves in the comedy department with Toy Story 3. This is the funniest and most fun film released in 2010 - End Of. It's also the most touching.

There are links back to the first two films, for hardcore fans of the series; the Pizza Planet Aliens are back and that's always good. And Sid (the kid who blows up toys in the first film) is back - now as a dustbin man.

I saw Toy Story 3 in 3D, but in all honesty the film is so engrossing, you completely forget you're even watching it in 3D. In reality, I think this film doesn't really need to be seen in 3D, but it does add a little something in a couple of scenes, but there's nothing in particular where things fly out of the screen at you.

In my view Pixar are the finest movie producers around right now with such a high standard they get an Oscar almost every time they make a film (deservedly so). Don't overlook Pixar's films just because you think they are for kids, they are not - there is plenty here for adults too.

Toy Story 3 was one of my most highly rated films not just of 2010, but of recent years and well deserved to be Oscar nominated for 'Best Picture'. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing their next film this year - Brave.

My Rating: 9/10


About the Author: Chris Russell has a passion for movies, and Pixar films in particular. He loves to share that passion here on Movie Retrospect where readers can join the discussion in the comments below or directly to Chris though his profile. If you enjoyed this post, please follow @MovieRetrospect on Twitter.

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About the Author: Chris Russell has a passion for movies, films and cool TV shows and loves to share that passion here on Movie Retrospect where readers can join the discussion in the comments below or directly to Chris though his profile. If you enjoyed this post, please follow @MovieRetrospect on Twitter.