Title: Toy Story 3
Length: 103 minutes
Director: Lee Unkrich
Writers: Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger
Music: Randy Newman
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song (“We Belong Together”); Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound Editing; currently #34 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: old toys are donated to a daycare
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Concept: Bad. Oh, a sequel. Sigh.
Story: Good. While the overall plot is kind of dumb, the quality of the writing within that framework is great.
Dialog: Good. I’ve got to take some points off for the shameless “Lincoln logs” gag.
Special effects/design: Great.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). I’ve never seen the appeal of the other Toy Story movies. The first one was a kind of cute idea, but more notable for being Important than for being good. The only reason I ever watched part 2 was because it was on the IMDb’s Top 250 list; that one was a good movie, but nothing special. I didn’t really care about it. Two or three days ago, it never would have occurred to me to bother seeing the third one. Then the reviews started to show up, and I thought, “You have got to be kidding me. The movie critic community must be on crack. Or maybe I need to see this movie.” And holy crap, it is indeed an amazing movie. It’s nearly the same caliber of film-making as Up and Wall-E, the same level of emotional impact. If it wasn’t a sequel, I probably would have scored this one a 9 or 10 out of 10. Also: “death by monkeys” is one of the best moments in any Pixar film. Oh, and we saw it in “2D,” and I can’t imagine why anyone would conceivably want it to be 3D.
Objective Rating: 3.3/4 (Very good).