Toy Story 3 – ***1/2

Posted: June 26, 2010 in Animation, Children/Family, Comedy, USA, XXX1/2

Seen at the UGC Antwerp on Saturday, June 26. In 3D.

There’s all kinds of ways to make your cinema visit special. You can go see a movie with dozens of friends (a fond memory of a friends outing to the horror comedy Arachnophobia in 1990 comes to mind). You can try to be the only one in the theatre at the screening of a thriller which makes it a bit extra scary (that experience saved Twisted from being a complete disaster). (by the way: whatever happened to Ashley Judd?). You can also smoke pot, especially if you go and see Lost Highway by David Lynch. A must I would say. Not the movie. Or you can just decide to see a movie a little bit intoxicated by alcohol. That’s what happened last saturday as a friend of mine decided to go see Toy Story 3 after having drunk several beers during our summer visit of Antwerp. Well, we absolutely LOVED the movie and laughed our asses off.

The two previous Toy Story movies charmed me a lot. It made me revere the talent of the Pixar guys (and maybe a few girls). I remember thinking how it was possible that they could make me feel so moved by the emotions and dramatic situations of toys! They have made several other great movies since and even though I’m always sceptical, they surprise me with their ongoing quality. And again with Toy Story 3 they managed to MOVE me.

First there’s this guilt you feel after you leave the theatre. It’s incredible how almost every adult leaving the theatre is talking and thinking about the whereabouts of their old favorite toys. Then there’s the humor. The introduction of Ken is hilarious. I kind of hope they’ll make a spin off with Ken and Barbie in the main roles. They both surprised me a lot! And finally, there’s suspense! My God, some moments were pure horror. That baby doll! Scarier than any Saw movie. This is definitely the Temple Of Doom of the Toy Story franchise.

I’m actually not sure why I don’t give this movie four stars. Maybe I need to see it again with the consumption of alcohol.

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