I finally watched Toy Story 4 in the theaters today. It was a 9 AM show on a rainy Sunday morning, and I do not regret it one bit.
This was the perfect ending to the series. It carried similar elements as any other Disney Pixar film, but this one was on a whole new level. I laughed and cried and gasped and went gooey on the inside and laughed some more. All the kids around us seemed excited and were showing appropriate reactions and it warmed my heart to see them feel the way I do, even though some of them were super annoying.
The story begins from 9 years ago, when Andy’s sister Molly gives away her toys and Woody tries to save the love of his life Bo Peep, but she refuses to be saved. And boy she made the right choice. She has to be my favourite character, especially in terms of character development, in the entire series.
Woody’s adventures kicked up a notch in this film. It wasn’t in their town or their locality. It was in a totally different area and the way Woody rediscovers himself and realizes just how big the world is, that moment moment not only undoes him, it undoes all of us. It is profoundly inspiring and you’re really sad but at the same time your heart is bursting with all the love and pride you have for Woody. It might remind several of us of all the times we have had sudden realizations about ourselves. A certain moment, a period of our lives, people involved. All of it. It makes you think how important it is to step out of the little bubble you consciously or unconsciously create around yourself. You can retreat into it anytime you want, but stepping out of it, even though it takes a tremendous amount of courage, is important.
I loved it. I loved all the new toys we were introduced to, I loved seeing all the old ones, I loved the snarky, slightly morbid humour and the inside jokes that we created out of them, I loved all the touchy bits and the inspiring bits of Duke Caboom, I loved all the tiny little details that makes the whole story that much more closer to your heart, I loved the innocence of Bonnie and I loved the darkness of Gabby Gabby. It was an extremely well put package that I wouldn’t mind watching again. And again. And again.