Toy Story 3 Review
20 Jul 2010   Reviews

Toy Story 3 Review

Damn it! I love it when that happens…

Again this blog is living up to its one liner I’ve chosen: “movie blogging outside the frame”. Why? Because I again don’t agree with anyone else in the world. The first time this obviously happened was Avatar. And Toy Story 3 is the second time.

You know, while leaving the cinema I knew that Pixar made another very good movie. Compared to Avatar, it hits more nails and evokes way more emotions. And it’s truly better than Pixar’s Up. So, Toy Story 3 really is worth a watch. But I think you already knew that. This movie’s definitely better than most of the mediocre shit called 3D animated movies that get chewed out by Hollywood once in a while. You know, the usual shit circling around family values and other boring family oriented stuff.

But let me get one thing straight: this movie in no way ever is so good it deserves a whopping 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes or a 9.1 on IMDB. Those ratings are beyond ridiculous.

Perhaps it’s only me (so you can challenge me in the comments) but to me it feels like the whole world went insane just because a 3D animated movie manages to present you a different plot theme accompanied by deeper and richer characters. Having this stuff is great and wonderful in those “lets-do-the-same-shit-again”-times. But does it make Toy Story 3 automatically one of the best movies ever? Sorry, but I don’t think so. (Sorry, I lost count of the…Sorries(?!?)).

Sure, Toy Story 3 has some good stuff in it, that’s a given. I love the incinerator scene and I so love Spanish Buzz womanizing everything with less plastic on it than him. Ken and Barbie were a blast, especially when she all got in serious mode and showed him who the master is. The crazy ape and the baby doll looked wonderfully creepy and the little girl at the end was so cute I could’ve cuddled her for hours. (By the way: if you’re get the feeling there are a lot of toys in this movie….well, there are! Hundreds, if not dozens!!).

Is it only me or does the wall in the background really screm CHEAP TEXTURE? By the way: that's one of their many escapes...

Is it only me or does the wall in the background really scream CHEAP TEXTURE? By the way: that's one of their many escapes...

But for anything great there seems to be something subpar in this movie, too. My biggest complaint regarding Toy Story 3 is the plot full of escapes – which got repetitive to me after the second variation already. Sometimes I even got the feeling the movie’s about nothing else to be true.

First the toys get thrown out and have to escape from the garbage bag. Then Woody escapes from Sunnyville. Then he escapes from the little girl. Later in the movie the whole gang’s escaping from Sunnyville. Almost at the end they again have to escape, this time from the garbage “plant”. That’s five escapes! It really surprises me that seemingly nobody out there noticed this big flaw of the plot.

Another thing that nags me a little bit is the fact that I smelled the dark secret of Sunnyville miles ahead. I never believed the “we are all so lovey-dovey stuff”. Not for one second. The same has been done to death in other movies already. I didn’t know what exactly would be going wrong but I knew that there’d be a small surprise for the gang.

This thing is nothing major here, I presume the producers knew it already but went ahead to use this plot device. It works well enough to introduce us to the movies antagonists, but a different way of doing this would’ve been great, too. At the very least, Pixar’s Cars was way worse in that department. On the other hand, Wall-E was way better.

Welcome to Sunnyville which is so sunny you get suspicious.

Welcome to Sunnyville which is so sunny you get suspicious.

The incinerator scene with all characters accepting their fate was very well done. Kudos to them for pulling this scene of. On the other hand, they missed an epic opportunity to create not only a good but pitch perfect plot. You know, the longer I watched Toy Story 3, the more I knew they should’ve focused on the similarities between Sir Lots-A-Hug Lotso and Woody. Both toys held the same feeling, the only difference being that Lotso is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Pixar should’ve let Woody and the gang help Lotso on his journey to his old owner. Upon reaching their destination they should’ve learned that his old owner died many years ago. In other words: Lotso’s backstory took place many decades ago. Boy, that would’ve been a revelation. And it would’ve carried a heavy truth: no matter how much you don’t want to things are changing.

But yeah, they went for the incinerator. Which is not a bad thing, I might add. I only think the plot above would’ve been more interesting. And it would’ve had not a single escape…

Nevertheless, compared to the other stuff released by Hollywood this movie definitely worth a watch. But no matter how I look at it, it’s not one of the best movies ever.

Is someone out there who agrees with me?

The biggest disappointment of 2010.

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