Toy Story 3 Review
by A. West
***** 5 Stars
Personally for me, Toy Story 3 was the best film out of the series. The ending made the whole film for me, to the point where I would’ve been okay if this was the final film in the series.
Director: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Ned Beatty, Jeff Garlin & Don Rickles
Plot Synopsis: With their beloved Andy preparing to leave for college, Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), and the rest of the toys find themselves headed for the attic but mistakenly wind up on the curb with the trash. Woody’s quick thinking saves the gang, but all but Woody end up being donated to a day-care center. Unfortunately, the uncontrollable kids do not play nice, so Woody and the gang make plans for a great escape.
Personally for me, Toy Story 3 was the best film out of the series. The ending made the whole film for me, to the point where I would’ve been okay if this was the final film in the series. Although, that said, Toy Story 4 is also amazing! The character depth is deepened further in this movie, as Woody continues to wrestle with the idea that maybe he isn’t meant to be with Andy forever, and that he should stick with his friends. It’s honestly a little disheartening to see the toys at such odds, with Buzz and the others feeling they should move on, while Woody is still stuck in the past.
The combination of seeing Woody’s loyalty to Andy and wanting to stay helps to give a deeper meaning to the film that the older generations watching could pick up on: sometimes in life, friendships come to an end and that is okay because you will always have other friends, or even make new friends. Cleverly, the film also sets up the idea that Andy’s conflict with what to do with the toys is his way of trying to keep ties to his childhood and that he isn’t quite ready to grow up and get rid of them for good. This whole story-line was an amazing choice, as not only can children watch this movie for fun but the people who grew up watching them would also feel the nostalgia of the series. This might speak to them as it would be something they were either currently battling and or in a few years to come, would be battling. Honestly, this heart-warming sequel has the perfect ending as it beautifully had the right amount of enigma fulfilment.
This film brings an end to the trilogy and left me happy with how it ended, as this brought together all of the toys left, and new toys they met along the way at a new house with a new child to be there for. While they lost characters along the way, we see them all together and it just leaves us fulfilled that they are going to be okay.
I personally loved this film – the animations are amazing, the story-line was perfect (although it would’ve been even more perfect if it was the end of the Toy Story series). It has the most heart-warmingly perfect ending and the deeper meanings help to not only bring an end to the Toy Story trilogy but also to some of the audiences’ childhoods.
Toy Story 3 is currently available on Disney + and was rated U by the BBFC.