By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 10 out of 10
With an absolutely amazing final installment, the Toy Story franchise proves that no matter how old or young you may be, the spirit of youth remains a key piece of your life.
The story begins as the toys everyone knows so well are dealing with their owner, Andy, going away to college. The toys are nervous as to what is going to happen to them, and after a chain of events, they land at Sunnyside Daycare. Soon the toys learn that Sunnyside is not all it seems to be on the outside, and soon realize that they have to escape and get back home to Andy.
As a massive fan of the first two Toy Story films, one thing sticks out immediately to fans that have followed the series since 1995. Toy Story 3 is a film that was made more for the fans of the first two films in mind rather than new fans. This is why Toy Story 3 is a success on all levels. While children enjoy the small jokes made in the movie, Toy Story 3 is one of those movies that has a much deeper meaning than what is directly on the screen. Although the focus is on Woody, Buzz and the rest of the characters, the entire story relates itself to losing what was important to you in your youth, and the attempts to get that youth back.
Looking more towards the actual plot of the story, there was a high amount of animosity heading forward on how the film was going to be, and if it was going to live up to the standards of the first two movies. The answer is a resounding yes. A storyline that involves the movement of the toys to Sunnyside first seems bland and possibly a dead-end plot line, but it does not result that way. What results from the toy’s time at Sunnyside is one of the best escapes I’ve seen since The Great Escape and one of the most dangerous villains I have seen in a while.
This is one of the only films that can be said had no negativity inherent in its plot. The film is brilliantly executed, well filmed, and well acted by the voices that many have come to identify this series with. Odds are since we are now five months past the film’s theatrical release, many know the ending of the movie. Although heartbreaking, it is perfect and is how a trilogy should end.
Toy Story 3 is easily the best animated movie of the year, if not one of the best overall films of the year. The characters are familiar and brilliant, and so is the story. Toy Story 3will touch you on a level that films usually don’t, and that’s what makes it so good. Toy Story 3 is the new benchmark for an animated film, and it will not be surpassed thrown any time soon.