Toy Story 4: An Adult’s Perspective

Posted June 26, 2019 by shooting in TV/Movies / 27 Comments

The fourth Toy Story film was released this past weekend and I went to a showing on Friday night with a couple of my friends. I love the Toy Story films – and Pixar in general – so I was excited to see that a Toy Story 4 was being made.

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Toy Story 4: A Movie Review

I’ve enjoyed all of the Toy Story movies over the years, and while I liked Toy Story 4, I didn’t necessarily LOVE it. The reason for that is because the story mostly follows Woody, Bo, and a collection of new toys (including Forky, which shows that you can make your own toys). What you don’t get as much are the older, original toys, such as Buzz, Slinky, Rex, and the gang. Now don’t fret! They are in the movie throughout, but it just seemed like the majority of the story focused on Woody and the rest, and it makes sense in the context of the film, especially with how it all ends. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least point this out for those of you who have yet to see the movie.

When it comes to scariness, I think the most frightening part are the ventriloquist dummies that do the bidding of a doll named Gabby. They are very “mechanical” if you will and are able to turn their heads completely around to see everything. After the movie, I was thinking about this and I realized that…you know what? ALL the Toy Story movies are kind of scary in their own right, so if you and your kids didn’t have a problem with those, I don’t see why this would be different unless someone has a specific fear of dummies.

Woody is definitely one of my favorite characters, so while I would have liked more of the original toys, I did love spending a lot of time with him. He’s the same toy that genuinely cares about his kid (remember – the toys are with a little girl named Bonnie now) and he tries to help everyone if he can. In Toy Story 4, he’s made it his mission to keep Forky around – who believes he’s trash as he was made from trash – because he makes Bonnie happy and less nervous about starting kindergarten.

I thought the ending of Toy Story 3 was nice and wrapped up, but I didn’t mind another film. Now that it’s been released though, I do believe this will be the fourth and final Toy Story film. I don’t see how it could continue on after this, and personally, I don’t want it to. I think it all came together nicely, even if it did make me a bit sad (though I didn’t cry like I did for the third film).

Have you seen Toy Story 4 yet? Are you planning to?

27 responses to “Toy Story 4: An Adult’s Perspective

  1. I wasn’t in any hurry to see Toy Story 3 and I’m not in a rush to see #4 but I do love the Toy Story movies. The first is still my absolute favorite. I probably won’t see this one in theaters but I’m excited to watch it eventually!

  2. I’ve never seen any of the Toy Story movies and doubt I will see this one, Granted, I’m not much of a movie-goer in general. Plus, having never seen the earlier ones there isn’t that nostalgia factor for me.

  3. Iโ€™ve heard so many good things about the franchise but havenโ€™t seen any of the films after the third installment. Must change that stat! Too bad they didnโ€™t focus more on those iconic characters from earlier movies but Iโ€™m glad the ending came together โค๏ธ

  4. I have heard mixed reviews on Toy Story 4 so far. I really thought everything wrapped up well with TS 3, so I have been a little skeptical of what they would do with this one, but I have decided I want to see it anyway because I adore the entire series. I think this is one I might have my kiddo sit out for now though, I want him to start with the original and that’ll take some time for us to get through the first three!

  5. I was actually a little skeptical of a fourth one but I’ve been hearing good things, so it sounds like they did it well! That’s good to know, because I do love those characters. It’s such a cool concept, the toys being alive. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad to hear this one mostly worked. The dolls do sound a little freaky though haha!

  6. I’ve been a little skeptical about this one since I thought the third movie did a nice job giving the story closure. I am curious though but may wait until it comes out on DVD before I see it. I’m glad you enjoyed it overall though.

  7. All Disney movies have a scary aspect to them I think! We saw Toy Story 4 this week too. I liked it, although I’m not sure I agreed with Woody’s choice!

  8. Jen

    My kids already have this on the list, so go we must! Thanks for your thoughts, I think I might end up feeling the same way!

  9. I was kind of surprised to see they made another one.

    This one seems very different in tone. The fist three had a kind of innocence and nostalgia for a period of time and the commercials didn’t convey that for this one. But I guess it’s a different audience now with newer toys.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  10. Thank you for the review, Lauren. I took my kids to the first two. My daughter and I went to the 3rd one and loved it. So, I’m excited to see this one. I’m not sure if either of my ‘kids’ will come with me this time. It’s ok for me to go without, right? Woody is my fave. Is he still narrated by Tom Hanks?

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  11. I haven’t seen the third one yet, but I was thinking it would be fun to binge all 3 one of these days, and then see the fourth one ๐Ÿ™‚ I did love the first two, so I’m sure it’ll be fun to rewatch. Sorry that the original toys don’t get as much screentime in the new movie, but then it’s also fun to discover new toys.

  12. I’ve not seen this movie yet. I probably will when it comes out on DVD. I really liked Toy Story 1 and 2 but didn’t care for the third one. I think the scary bear and the inferno were a little too much, with it being a kid’s movie.

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