"I'm TRASH!!! TRASHHHHHHHH!!"
How do I even start? Toy Story is my childhood. After the last installment of the series, I was sure that the series was over, with Andy going off to college and all. SO, after Andy gave away his beloved toys, I locked the Toy Story franchise away in my memory bank. When I first heard word that there was going to be an additional installment, I was apprehensive, but this film was everything the viewers deserved. Starting with Forky...
Toy Story 4 beautifully narrates the difficulty some children have with starting kindergarten, through Bonnie's creation and relationship with Forky. Forky is a sporky that gets our sweet Bonnie through her first day of kindergarten. Like a newborn, he has no idea who he is and why he was created. From that we are able to watch a charming story of Forky's journey to self-worth and actualization. You are not trash. You have worth. You are loved, and life is cherished. It's a noteworthy lesson Toy Story tries to teach its' watchers through this lovable new character.
Woody continues to be your ever loyal-to-a-fault cowboy with the biggest heart. Our beloved plush cowboy goes on a well-deserved journey of finding himself. His story is wildly influenced by Bo. One of the many topics this film tackles is loyalty. We see Woody choose his loyalty to Andy over his love for Bo, who is being given away in the beginning of the film, and continuously choose the loyalty he has to Bonnie over the safety of his friends throughout the rest of the film.
9 years has passed, and Bo is now a "lost toy," but she is actually far from that, in every other meaning of the term. She has found long-lasting family and friends in other nomadic toys.
After saying goodbye to Andy, Woody's whole meaning to life has been a question mark, and he attempts to make that same bond he had with Andy to Bonnie. The humble Woody may have a kid, but he is lost. He helped Andy through his life's milestones, and after that chord was cut, Andy has no choice but to finally choose a new kind of purpose and happiness- one that benefits himself.
Last, but not least, Buzz follows his destiny from loyal sidekick to co-leader. He and Jessie are able to take the reigns and guide the other toys without Woody as the mastermind for once. Buzz is able to use his inner voice in the most noble, yet hilarious, of ways. He has truly come full circle, and it's highlighted in the film. He is no longer the budding sidekick who believes a child's bedroom is a planet. He is now Buzz Lightyear, a star commander.
This film was so well thought out and deserves every award and recognition it receives. I cried from the first 5 minutes of the film, sporadically throughout the entire film, until I was literally bawling at the end. And I still paused for outbursts of laughter inbetween. The Toy Story franchise has a phenomenal group of writers that are able to tell a story that is easily relatable to children and adults alike. Once again they are able to remind us that a friend can be found in anyone and anything- it's about who you feel safe with, comfortable with, and warm inside with. "Like trash." Toy Story 4 is a story for all ages, and it is a sentimental farewell to a beloved franchise.. "To Infinity and Beyond..."
***Honorable Mentions of new toys introduced: Duke Caboom is Canada's greatest stuntman, and Keanu Reeves is Hollywood's favorite actor right now for Very good reason. Gaby Gaby deserves the world. Jessie deserves her own spinoff film. Bunny and Ducky should seek therapists, and Giggle Mcdimples is the supportive, girl BFF we all need***
Jacindable Review: ★★★★½
starring, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Joan Cusack, and more
written and directed by, Rashida Jones, Andrew Stanton, Will McCormack, Stephany Folsom,and Josh Cooley