Toy Story 4: did we really need a fourth movie?
Many were excited to hear that Disney were going to be extending the Toy Story franchise by bringing out Toy Story 4.
Having successful sequels such as Monsters University and Cars 2, making another Toy Story film was an obvious choice for Disney.
However when this movie was announced I had a major concern that Disney were just dragging the franchise out to make more money; after all, Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending for an audience that grew up with Andy.
Toy Story 4 tells the tale of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang but this time they aren't Andy's toys, they're Bonnie's. Bonnie makes Forky in her first day of pre-school, exemplifying the importance of toys and play in the emotional aspect of a child's growth as her day was instantly improved when she made her new spork friend. Woody makes it his mission to keep Forky safe.
At first, I thought Toy Story 4 looked boring, who cares about a spork?
This being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the film and I came out of it enjoying the movie and not wanting it to end. On the one hand, it was really nice to relive childhood with characters you grew up with. The story between Bo Peep and Woody was heartwarming and the end of the film had me holding back tears. The film maintained it's skill in effectively creating creepy and eery toys to be the villains; Gabby Gabby and her ventriloquist henchmen were terrifying, yet it was still great to see her get a happy ending and again demonstrated the importance of toys in child development as she comforted a lost girl. This movie really succeeded in showing both sides to one story; although Gabby was a villain, she had pure intentions.
Bo Peep had a complete transformation, becoming a fantastic feminist icon. She ditched the dress for trousers and became a free, independent woman who could kick anyone's butt. She will definitely be a great role model for younger girls and it's rare that we see a strong woman in a Disney film (as some believe the princess narrative has negative consequences rather than positive ones).
Forky, the new toy, was hilarious—something I definitely didn't expect. He was completely baffled by his existence and was infatuated with the trash, even calling himself trash.
On the other hand, it was really sad seeing Woody split off from the rest of the toys to stay there with Bo Peep. While it may have been the right thing for Woody in the situation he was in, I definitely didn't want to see the separation of Buzz and Woody, nor did I believe that it was the best ending. Why was Woody the only toy who felt this? Perhaps I would have been happier in my childhood bubble not knowing this would be the outcome.
Overall I did love the movie and I'm glad they revisited it. We can't all have our dream ending for our childhood movies, and even if it may have been better left untouched, it was still an enjoyable blast from the past.