FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Toy Story 4 (2019)
I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Toy Story 4…
Woody (Tom Hanks) has to convince a spork named Forky (Tony Hale) that he is now a toy who means the world to kindergartener Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) while also babysitting him throughout their adventures. Problem is, he has other things on his mind.
So, Andy has gone off to college and Woody and the gang ended up with Bonnie at the end of Toy Story 3 (2009). Years go by and Woody becomes one of the least played with toys by Bonnie which means he is no longer the leader of the toy gang. This is very disheartening for the sheriff so one day he decides to jump into Bonnie’s school bag to go with her to her kindergarten orientation. The poor little girl is seen looking scared and lonely when she is left in the classroom by her parents but finds pleasure in being creative with whatever she is given. At the end of the day, Bonnie goes home, drops off her backpack in her room and leaves. The toys come to life. Woody steps out of the bag, to the surprise of the rest of the toys, and introduces them to Bonnie’s new friend—Forky.
The moment we meet Forky, I am already in giggle mode! The plastic utensil is adamant that he is trash and not toy but Woody continues to try and convince him otherwise. The character of Forky is such a brilliant addition to the story because in reality, not all toys are store-bought in glitzy packaging. Tony Hale brings Forky to life and it is so good! The timidness of the character actually makes him very likeable.
As usual, Woody (played amazingly by Tom Hanks) is the lead character in the film with Bo Peep (Annie Pots) returning to the franchise. These two characters have a bond like no other and it’s so great to see Bo in such a different setting with such an open-minded view on the world around her. We also get to meet new toys in the antique store Woody happens to come across. Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendrix) is one of the dolls in this shop and is somewhat of a leader when we first come across her. She gives off this creepy-doll vibe at the beginning but then you realise what her ulterior motive really is.
Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is also back with a more supportive role this time. After being told to use his “inner voice”, Buzz takes this a little too literally but it still works out well for him when he is trying to save the day as a good toy astronaut should. Tim Allen is probably one of my favourite comedic actors and his voice work with Buzz is always such a pleasure to watch.
A huge shout-out to Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele (as Duke Kaboom, Ducky, and Bunny respectfully) for their awesome voice work in this film. We got a lot of laughs out of their characters and now I am a fan of them!
This is definitely worth watching no matter how old you are because you will have a lot of fun! And remember, always go “to infinity and beyond” in life. 4½ / 5
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, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jeff Garlin, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Pidgeon, John Morris, Jack McGraw, Laurie Metcalf, Lila Sage Bromley, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Carl Reiner, Alan Oppenheimer, Patricia Arquette, Bill Hader, Flea, Melissa Villaseñor, Rickey Henderson.
Director: Josh Cooley | Writers: Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton; Story: John Lasseter, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton | Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen | Music: Randy Newman | Cinematographers: Patrick Lin, Jean-Claude Kalache | Editor: Axel Geddes
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