Toy Story 4 (2019)

Toy Story 4
Director: Josh Cooley
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom
Sequel to: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Carl Reiner, Bill Hader, Patricia Arquette, Timothy Dalton, Flea
Seen on: 28.8.2019

Plot:
Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and Andy’s other old toys have found a good home with Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw). When Bonnie starts kindergarten, she crafts a new toy from some trash, Forky (Tony Hale) who promptly comes to life and joins the entire family. But Forky is not ready to be a toy – he believes himself to be trash. Woody has his hands full just to make sure that Forky doesn’t throw himself away. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Woody actually catches up with Bo Peep (Annie Potts) on the family trip. She was sold years ago – and has a very different outlook on the world now than Woody.

Toy Story 4 was really great. It was definitely worth the wait (almost ten years have passed since Toy Story 4 after all) to get this emotional and funny film.

The film poster showing Woody tipping his hat. In the background we can see a fair.

I grew up with Toy Story 1 (and 2 to a certain degree), so continuing the series as an adult is slightly weird, but it definitely works for me. Toy Story 4 had me laughing and crying. Forky was such a great addition to the well-established characters (and born to be a tumblr meme, it seems).

But the real star of the film is Bo Peep who finally gets to be more than just Woody’s love interest. I mean, she was always a very competent character, but now she is really her very own person. Woody has some catching up to do to keep up with her, but I also really liked his character development.

Woody and Bo Peep talking to a toy police woman.

Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and her puppets were really creepy (I don’t know how I would have handled them as a kid), but in the end I was sobbing over her story as if she was the central characters. In short, I was very emotionally invested. Not just in her, but in the entire film.

Nevertheless, I do hope that they stop making any more Toy Story movies now. Not only because I have my doubts that they could pull off yet another good one, but also because they crafted a beautiful ending with this one.

Woody and Buzz overlooking the fairground.

Summarizing: awesome.

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