So I just watched Toy Story 3 a couple of days ago. And damn is it amazing. It’s one of those few movies that make me want to pay to watch it again. It’s been so long since the last Toy Story movie, and I really couldn’t fathom how they could tell another story based off these same old characters again. But then again I had forgotten one crucial thing: it’s Pixar.
Ever since their first Toy Story movie in 1995, Pixar has had an unprecedented record as far as movie studios go. Producing hit after hit after hit, there has yet to be a Pixar movie that I didn’t love. It really is eerie to think how they have never made a “bad” movie. Meanwhile other directors and producers just can’t stop screwing up when it comes to filmmaking. Pixar films on the other hand have always had a very high level of quality to them, so much so that when you sit down for a Pixar film, you know that you’re in for a treat. It’s more or less a given nowadays that anything Pixar touches will turn to gold.
Best Pixar Movie Ever. Period.
But I have to say, with Toy Story 3, Pixar has outdone themselves.
I’d probably consider Toy Story 3 to be my favourite Pixar movie of all time. And that’s saying something, considering how contenders for that title include precious gems such as Finding Nemo, Ratatouille (a highly underrated film in my opinion) and The Incredibles.
The first half of the movie really set up the premise well – Andy’s been growing up and neglecting his old bunch of toys. They eventually find themselves unwittingly donated to a daycare centre where hilarity, drama, action and suspense all ensue. In fact, the major action set piece spans half the movie, and it doesn’t feel forced unlike some of the other action set pieces included in other Pixar films. Every single moment of the huge action set piece was so enjoyable to watch and thoroughly creative throughout. While the final scene of this movie is probably the most emotionally stirring scene in a movie I’ve ever watched.
And this was all told through an animated film, with a bunch of plastic toys as the characters. No wonder Pixar rules.
I’m pretty excited for Pixar’s next few films. The only qualm I have is that I gotta wait another year before I can get another Pixar film. All 11 films they’ve produced to date have been absolutely astounding, and I just can’t wait to see more. Cars 2 is coming next year, sequel to 2006’s Cars, widely considered to be Pixar’s worst film. Though being “Pixar’s worst film” translates into “pretty awesome movie” when compared with the junk other animation studios are putting out.
2012 is going to be awesome. We’re getting not just one but TWO Pixar films that year. A sequel to Monsters Inc. in November and a new film, Brave, in June. Brave is supposedly set in “mystic Scotland” and features a headstrong girl, something about her father’s kingdom and royalty, and “unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark ancient curse”. Sounds pretty Disney-ish to me, which makes me kind of tentative.
Though knowing Pixar, everything they touch is gonna turn to gold.Read More