Toy Story 4 (2019)

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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.

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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!

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Us (2019)

us-movie-review-2019-jordan-peeleDirector: Jordan Peele

Genre: Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 116 Minutes

Main Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop

Plot: Adelaide is anxious whilst on holiday with her family whilst remembering a traumatic childhood incident that happened on the same beach. Later that night, her family are terrorised by a family who look exactly like they do.

My Thoughts: I almost wussed out and didn’t watch Us, but the comedic genius Jordan Peele is behind the wheel and I enjoyed his last movie Get Out (2017) so I really didn’t want to miss out. I won’t openly talk about spoilers here but if you’re planning on watching the movie I strongly encourage you to go in knowing as little as you can. One thing is certain – Jordan Peele makes great horror movies!

The movie dives right into the creepiness straight away rather than building it up, as we watch a young Adelaide become separated from her Father and wanders into a house of mirrors. That’s a big nope from me! The scares don’t come at you all at once, instead, there’s a constant level of tension that runs throughout the entire movie, so you can never really let your guard down. I much prefer that to a sequence of jump scares followed by nothing exciting.

I’ll be honest – I don’t think I actually understand all of this movie. There’s so much to unpack. I was a little disappointed with the ending and the ‘twist’, mainly because the idea had already sprung into my mind in the opening scene. Once you start to think of the implications of it all though, that’s where it gets interesting. Lupita Nyong’o was absolutely incredible in the 2 roles that she played, I don’t think I’ll ever get her ‘creepy’ voice out of my head!

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Us is one of those movies that demands a rewatch if you’re brave enough. It’s also a lot funnier than I expected it to be!

Best Bit: The friend’s smart speaker, ‘Ophelia’ being an ass like all smart speakers are. “Ophelia, call the police!”
“Ok. Playing ‘F**k tha Police’ by N.W.A.”

Worst Bit: When ‘Red’ explained who the ‘tethered’ are. I think I might have actually groaned out loud from the pain in my head of trying to make sense of it all. The more I think about it, the more confused I feel!

Fun Trivia: While the Wilsons are in the Tylers’ house, Jason eats a bowl of dry Froot Loops. This references a scene in Jordan Peele’s previous movie, Get Out (2017), in which Rose Armitage eats dry Froot Loops and drinks milk from “segregated” glasses.

My Rating: 4 bunny rabbits out of 5…why, do you ask? Honestly, I wish I could tell you, but I feel like they were important to the storyline somehow!

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