Film: Toy Story 4

Opened: June 21, 2019

Directed by: Josh Cooley

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jeff Pidgeon, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Emily Davis, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Steve Purcell, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Carl Reiner, Alan Oppenheimer, Patricia Arquette, Bill Hader, Flea, Melissa Villaseñor & Ricky Henderson

Though a cute story, Toy Story 4 doesn’t live up to the reputation that precedes it. In the end, it makes key characters in the franchise make decisions that go completely against everything we’ve come to love them for.

Now in the hands of Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw), Woody (Tom Hanks) is no longer the favorite toy. He tries to assist Forky (Tony Hale), a toy of Bonnie’s creation, but Forky’s antics leave them stranded during a family road trip. Here, Woody reconnects with Bo Peep (Annie Potts).

The most disappointing part of this story is that while audiences assume a new Toy Story will give them more time with their favorite characters, almost everyone is sidelined in favor of new ones that don’t create the same attachment.

Final say: Let Toy Story 3 be the ending you remember. ★★☆☆☆

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