In order to get over the humiliation of England’s performance in the World Cup I wanted to watch something life-affirming and Toy Story 3 was just what the doctor ordered. I loved the first two movies and was worried that this wouldn’t meet my expectations – but not only did it meet them, it went way beyond them
Toy Story 3 highlights exactly what is wrong with the rest of Hollywood:
– the makers waited to do a sequel until they had a decent script (unlike certain other movies involving women going to the Middle East or pirates);
– it has an original idea that relies on a proper plot rather than special effects;
– you care about the characters;
– the dialogue is genuinely funny and made me laugh out loud;
– and it also made me cry. I couldn’t work out how the story was going to have an ending that wasn’t really depressing but the Pixar team came up with the perfect solution. I found the final scenes just as moving as the opening of Up or when Buzz Lightyear realises he is just a toy in the original Toy Story.
– an added bonus is the lovely animated short, Night & Day, that you get to see before the main feature.
My only quibble is that it would be just as great in 2D and the tickets would also have been cheaper, especially for a movie aimed at families. Toy Story 3 is the best thing I have seen at the cinema for ages and someone should campaign really hard so it becomes the first animated film to win the best picture Oscar.