Toy Story 3 (Unkrich, 2010)
This review contains slight spoilers (2nd paragraph).
Once again Pixar has released another very good movie. When I heard they were making a third Toy Story, I was not impressed. I thought it sounded like overkill, especially in a day where studios milk popular franchises for all they’re worth and often tarnish good predecessors. With the Toy Story series, however, I’m going to have a hard time deciding which of the three is my favorite. I seriously think it could change from day to day. They are all about equally as good.
But anyway, on to my thoughts on this third installment. For parts of the film, yes, it did feel like they were living off nostalgia from the first two. In fact, there were times I was worried it was going to be nothing but a long reminisce session. But after they got past the initial character re-introductions, the story is quite entertaining. (Well, until the overly long and sappy conclusion.) Yes, they are still going for the whole friendship theme that is used in the first two but, hey, why change what works? It even takes it a step further when the characters find themselves in a near-death situation and, in what was a very serious scene for a kid’s movie, they grab each others hands and accept the fact that they are going to die (for a minute I thought it might actually happen, but of course they are saved at the last minute). Additionally, Toy Story 3 might offer up the single most hilarious gag in the entire series – Mr. Tortilla Head. Just see it. 8.25/10