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Recommendation: Toy Story 3 – The Denver Edition

July 8, 2010

This blog’s been quiet for the last few months because my husband and I found out his job was being transferred to Colorado and we didn’t have time to do much more than pack and try to save money. As you might imagine, seeing movies (at home or in theatres) and writing about them was right out.

But now we’re here, settling into our new lives, and thought going to the movies would be a good break from unpacking and organizing our new place. We’ve been excited to go see Toy Story 3 since we saw the first preview, almost a year ago, and I have to say, it was well worth the wait.

Title: Toy Story 3 (Check out the Previews)

Summary: We’re back with our good pals Woody, Buzz and the rest of the Toy Story gang, but it’s many years later and Andy’s grown up and about to go off to college, and he’s not taking his toys with him. Worried about their future and whether or not Andy will throw them away, the toys decide to be donated to the local Daycare, which seems like a wonderful place on the surface, but things are not always what they seem.

Genre: action, animation, comedy, sincere and heart-warming, uplifting

Audience: Anyone. Like all of Pixar’s movies, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re 8 or 80. The only people I would caution against seeing the movie are those who don’t like to cry at movies. Like the rest of the Pixar collection, there is bitter in the sweet, which makes the sweet all the more enjoyable, but the bitter is still there.

Occasion: hanging out with friends, need an emotional boost, spending time with kids, want to laugh, want to cry

Watch every minute? Probably not necessary (which is good when kids are involved, because you just never know), but like all Pixar movies it’s chock full of little jokes and clues, so it bears watching several times.

Big Screen vs. Small Screen: Either. This movie happens to be in 3D and was originally designed for 3D (instead of retro-fitted), so if it’s in your budget to see it in 3D, I highly recommend it.

Why I liked it: I love Pixar. Which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been here more than once. ^_^ But part of the reason I liked this movie enough to recommend it here is because, even though it’s the third in a series, it’s still just as amazing and well thought out as any of Pixar’s other movies. It wasn’t just created as a way to get extra revenue in the door (which is the reason behind most sequels), but also because they had more story that they wanted to tell, just like in Toy Story 2 (which I also recommend).

So, Toy Story 3 is not only a good sequel but it’s also just a plain good movie. It’s complex and full of all the emotions you want in a good movie. It’s happy and sad; it’s laugh out loud funny and edge of the seat intense; you believe in the characters and the story they’re telling. I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried at the end. I will stand by my judgment that the movie is, on the whole, uplifting. But in every beginning there is an ending, and that ending can be heartbreakingly sad.

What’s really great about it is it deals (in a meta way) with a lot of the things that the kids who watched the first Toy Story are going through right now: leaving home to go to college, saying good bye to friends, family, and toys, and so forth. I think that’s a really great way to round out the story of the characters we met and fell in love with in 1995.

“Own it” vs. “Once is enough”:I want to own this movie. I want to own all of Pixar’s movies, and I someday will. Pixar is an investment worth making.

If you liked… You’ll also enjoy…: Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Up, The Lion King, Over the Hedge, How to Train Your Dragon, Bolt, etc. ^_^

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    December 6, 2010 3:25 pm

    Have you seen Tangled yet? Because holy hand grenades it is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Straight up Disney but crazy good CG and SONGS and there is a horse and a chameleon and did I mention the 3D?

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