At what point in your life did you realize that you were too old to play with toys any longer? For me, I guess it was about the age of 14. Yes, I realize that is probably older than most people, but I was still having fun with my GI Joe and Star Wars toys up until that time. Once I came to this realization it seemed that my childhood officially ended. I needed to let go of that part of my life and accept the fact that a new chapter of adulthood was about to begin. This is essentially what the new Toy Story 3 is all about, closing one chapter to begin a new one. With this new entry in the Toy Story franchise, we have witnessed the closing of one of the best motion picture trilogies of all time.
It’s hard to believe that Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Hamm, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and Slinky Dog have been around in three movies over the span of the last 15 years. I was 20 when the original Toy Story hit the big screen and I remember being blown away, not only by the incredible animation I was seeing but also by a story that was one of the most imaginative I had ever seen. With this first film, Pixar emerged as the epitome of what an animation studio should be. Year after year they have created films that entertain children and adults of all ages. And it all began with Toy Story.
If you haven’t seen the first two films in this trilogy, do yourself a favor and check them out before going to number three. I watched them both again before seeing the new film and it helped me to remember how great these films truly are. Thus prepared and refreshed on what Toy Story is all about, I went into the theater with incredibly high expectations. I prayed that the Pixar Midas touch was still alive. What I witnessed was sheer perfection. I’m really at a loss for words as to how good this film truly is. I personally believe that this was the best of the three films and certainly the best film I’ve seen in 2010. If this film is not nominated for Best Picture this year, a tragedy will have occurred.
We moviegoers have grown up over the past 15 years just like Andy, the owner of all the toys we know and love. Andy has finally graduated high school and is off to college. As he begins packing and getting ready to move, he comes upon all of his toys that he’s grown up with. When he finds them, you can see the love for them in his eyes. You feel him reliving memories of playing with them throughout his life. He’s unsure if he should keep them, store them or just give them away. He doesn’t want to part with them because of all the good times they had together, but he also knows that he is an adult now and toys are not generally apart of adult life. Does he let them go or not? This is the question throughout this movie.
I hate to go into details of the plot, because honestly I didn’t know much about it myself and therefore most of what I saw was completely unexpected. It was like visiting some old friends again and remembering why you liked them so much in the first place. Go see this movie. If you are a fan of Toy Story, a lover of all things Pixar, or just a movie buff, you owe it to yourself to view this. Because, like Andy, who knows when we are likely to see these friends again.
J. Chandler A+