Note: This is a new, semi-regular feature I'm adding to the blog. It will be a mix of new releases and favorites available on DVD, mostly because with kids I don't get out to the theater often enough to warrant weekly reviews of new films. I will do my best to keep all reviews as spoiler-free as possible, because it irritates me when I read a review on a book or movie and it gives away the ending. Hope you enjoy!
A few weeks back I saw Toy Story 3 with my two oldest kids. It was a fundraiser midnight showing at the local theater, and we decided last minute to go. Now, confession time – I've never seen the first two movies. They came out between my two animated film eras – watching on my own, and watching with kids. So though I'm familiar with many of the characters, I have only a vague idea of the storylines.
Luckily, though, you don't have to have seenhe first two movies in order to understand and completely enjoy Toy Story 3. It was a funny, emotional, sweet, exciting, and surprisingly powerful movie that I wholeheartedly recommend. I actually teared up in parts, which surprised me. It shouldn't have, though. I know myself. I cry at commercials. And this movie had some truly touching moments.
The only drawback for me was the 3-D. I found it disappointing and unnecessary. I get that it's the latest big thing in movies these days, but the film would have been just as good without.
And since I had two companions at the show, here are their reviews as well:
FutureStar said it was absolutely worth staying up for a midnight showing. Favorite part? The first time the kids came in the caterpillar room.
MidKid said I liked it a lot. Everybody from all ages would like it. My grandma saw it and loved it. Favorite part? The part where Bonnie runs into Woody.
So there you go - three thumbs up. If you haven't seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it!