Movie Reviews

Toy Story 4 (2019)

toy-story-4-movie-review-posterDirector: Josh Cooley

Genre: Family, Adventure, Comedy, Animation

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Main Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan Michael-Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki

Plot: Now Andy’s toys have settled in their new home with Bonnie, Woody is finding himself left behind in the closet when it comes to playtime. Ever faithful to his child, when Bonnie is upset about attending Kindergarten Orientation Day, he hitches a ride with her and witnesses the creation of Forky, a toy Bonnie makes out of trash. She’s besotted with him, and Woody makes it his goal to keep Forky safe and Bonnie happy.

My Thoughts: I was one of the first people to rage when Toy Story 4 was announced. Toy Story 3 gave us the perfect ending, and so another movie felt like a cash grab, which would have tainted a perfect trilogy. The hype and my general love of Disney/Pixar and Toy Story won me over in the last few weeks and I was dying to see #4, although I was still slightly hesitant and a little pessimistic about the new character, Forky, who the entire world seems to have gone nuts for.

Well – it took about 5 seconds of Forky’s screen time for me to fall in love. You just can’t help yourself, he’s too funny. I remember feeling the same way about the other sequels that introduced new toys, but Pixar are just too good at what they do. The simple thing of returning to the Toy Story world was just magical, and it was so nice to see the cinema full of other adults who have grown up with these movies. I honestly got goosebumps at the music!

Bo Peep is back – shamefully I don’t even remember her being absent from the last movie but oh my god is Bo Peep a badass! Now a lost toy, she leads a little ragtag bunch of other toys and it reminded me so much of Mad Max. She was a real highlight of the movie, much of which takes place in an antique store, home to the kind of creepy Gabby Gabby with a broken voicebox and her cronies who scared me more than the entirety of Brightburn (2019) which I watched the night before. This movie is a U?! Mind you – Sid’s toys in the original movie were just as scary.


I haven’t mentioned the man of the moment yet – Keanu Reeves, who I couldn’t avoid lately even if I wanted to. Keanu voices Duke Caboom, a Canadian stunt driver who was ditched after his commercial oversold him. Guess what toy my little girl is going to be treated to come payday? My husband is going to kill me…

Best Bit: When Forky is brought home and doesn’t understand that he’s a toy, he keeps shouting ‘trash!’ and jumping into whatever wastebin he can find, leaving poor Woody up all night every night throwing him back onto the bed into Bonnie’s arms. It was just too funny, and oh Woody, I feel for you!

Worst Bit: Curse my STUPID Mum feelings – I cried 3 times during this movie. The ending got me, of course, I think you’d have to be a monster to not get a little emotional at the ending, but the occasions where a little girl was upset and crying? My heart actually hurt just watching it. I can’t deal with it!

Fun Trivia: Boo from Monsters Inc (2001) can be seen behind Bonnie at kindergarten orientation when she creates Forky.
I THOUGHT that was Boo! I didn’t spot the pizza planet truck though, good job I’m going to see the movie again this weekend.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 bins of trash…hide them from Forky!


18 thoughts on “Toy Story 4 (2019)

  1. Your husband ruined Keanu run – I cannot even watch him run now without laughing and screencaping it and tweeting so you punish him with that toy purchase ! πŸ˜‚ I am getting this here in August. AUGUST! they are withholding Keanu shouting “oh yeah” as he is spreading his legs. Which he actually did do on a table in front of people when they were creating his character πŸ˜‚


  2. I hated Toy Story 3 but my son wants to see this so we will eventually lol. From the sound of it though, I think I might enjoy this one more than 2 and 3 because it actually sounds different. I’m glad you loved it so much!


    1. I didn’t love Toy Story 3 as much as the others, but I hope you enjoy this one! It’s definitely still got that ‘Toy Story’ feel (whatever that means) but it does feel different at the same time.


  3. Every time a Ty Story movie releases I feel I’m missing out. I’ve had that emotional connection that so many seem to enjoy with these films. And the bad thing is I can’t put my finger on why.


  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I had the same sort of do we really need another one but wound up loving it. I had to buy a Bo Peep doll on the way out so I totally understand you! They didn’t have Duke Caboom though 😦


  5. Oh yes, this movie is flat out awesome. Love everything you said about it. I’m as stone-hearted as they come, and I was very near tears. Any movie that can do that to me, has really won me over.

    I was looking for the Pizza Planet truck, too, but didn’t see it. I saw something online that said there’s a shot of Forky that shows the logo for Pizza Planet on his back. I might go see it again just for that!


    1. I’m normally pretty good as spotting it but to be honest I only thought about it halfway through!
      I’ve also heard the guy working the games stall has the logo tattooed on his leg?


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