By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
our humble reviewer promises to see five mediocre films by Pixar Animation Studios before I say anything bad about anyone or anything connected to the entertainment company.
I make this promise easily because I doubt it’s in Pixar’s DNA to make a mediocre film, much less a bad one.
Today, we’re praising “Toy Story 3,” the latest and, one assumes, last adventure of Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toys in Andy’s room.
Andy (John Morris) is going to college, and his toys don’t know what to do. They’ve been idle in a toy box as their boy’s interests have changed over the years.
When the toys are accidentally donated to a daycare center, their problems seem to be over. But the friendly toys who welcome them soon turn into jailers led by a stuffed bear (Ned Beatty) who smells like berries.
And that’s the genius of Pixar because it makes perfect sense for a stuffed bear who smells like berries to have excessive control issues.
If you like comedy, “Toy Story 3” has it. If you like action, it’s here. If you like character-driven drama, look no further.
Anyone who’s ever lost someone will understand what these toys are going through. There’s anger and denial, loyalty and betrayal – real human stuff – happening in the lives of these computer-generated characters.
Several people who saw it have told me it was difficult to keep from crying. I didn’t blubber, but a couple moments in the story were so emotionally powerful and affecting that I felt them in my body.
According to the movie reviewers’ code, if you can’t say something bad, don’t say anything at all. But I can’t help gushing about this movie and the people who made it.
I give “Toy Story 3” an A plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Toy Story 3” an A. – “It’s worth the money to see it in 3-D.”
“Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “Toy Story 3” an A plus. – “It has a phenomenal opening and an amazing ending, and lots of excitement in between.”