To Infinity...and Beyond!
Lightyear is a
reimagined story for the character Buzz Lightyear, from the classic Toy Story
movies. In this film, Buzz Lightyear is not a
toy, but a living, breathing space ranger. Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans) and
recruits must explore a new world, achieve hyper speed to finish the mission,
and overcome a multitude of challenges that spring up along the way.
What follows is The
Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers of Lightyear.
Lightyear is exactly what
you want from a Disney and Pixar movie. The story is touching, but there is
plenty of action. Some of the comedy is childish, but most of it is just great
writing. My biggest fear was how do you create a movie about a character that
has been a literal toy in 4 other movies? Not even 1 minute into the movie,
Pixar does an amazing job answering that question. It was both short and
simple. With one little message on the
screen, I was immediately hooked and understood how the Buzz Lightyear toy and
this Lightyear film fit
together perfectly. It also helps viewers accept that Chris Evans voices Buzz,
and not Tim Allen.
Common with Disney films, our main character
has a cute and funny animal sidekick. In Lightyear, that job goes to the robot cat companion, Sox. This
little guy is, by far, my favorite part of the entire movie. Not only is he
adorable, but the writers give him the best lines of the film. Any time there
is suspense, Sox manages to deliver the perfect one-liner to cut through the
tension and make the audience chuckle.
I honestly had a very hard time coming up with
anything I would classify as “Bad” from this movie. If you read this review and
disagree, I would love you hear your thoughts.
Buzz Lightyear frequently says things in this
film that his toy counterpart said in the original Toy Story film. The only part of Lightyear that left me wanting is that there were many times I was
waiting for him to say one line in particular, “It’s falling, with style”. It
is an iconic line from Toy Story which you would think they would have put in
this movie. There were multiple opportunities where this line could have easily
been thrown into the movie that would have been fitting.
My Overall Opinion
Lightyear is a perfect family movie. Whether you’re an
adult who grew up watching Toy Story as a kid, or you have kids of your own
now, you will not regret going to see this one. Lightyear will keep you
laughing from start to finish.
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