June 27, 2010 1 Comment
If I had a vote with the Academy I would nominate this for Best Picture. Not Best Animated, Best Picture.
So many movies today are bout the technology (e.g. 3D and/or computer enhanced action scenes) or about stars. Most of these movies forget the basics of a great script, interesting characters you care about, and the right combination of storytelling combined with acting and cinematography.
Toy Story 3 has all the good and none of the bad movie stuff. By bad stuff I mean wacky or stupid characters put in for an attempt at a few laughs unconnected to the main story, at best one or two good lines, a few weak themes repeated throughout the movie, characters that bore you to tears and a plot that is totally unbelievable and not in a Sci-Fi.
I just watched a story about the secret life of toys and the plot was soooo much more believable than that of “Management” with Jennifer Aniston that we rented last night! This was a movie with a “star” but had all of the bad movie stuff referred to above.
Toy Story makes you laugh; provides action, suspense and excitement;, has multidimensional characters; pulls at your heartstrings; demonstrates values and just plain makes you feel good. The characters (toys remember) face problems with courage and cleverness, good triumphed over evil and all was right with world at the end. This was a great movie that was modestly enhanced by 3D, not a movie that succeeds because of the technology.
Unlike other late entries in movie series, TS3 improved upon while paying homage to the first two. The characters added new facets (you MUST see Spanish mode Buzz Lightyear). It provided a clean ending to the series without shouting to the world that there would be no more unlike another animated series.
It was such a sharp contrast to Management which we had just watched the night before as well as so many movies that have made in the past several years.
The ultimate tribute to this movie is that my 19-year-old son went with us. It was his second time in less than a week.
Toy Story 3, you got a friend in me.