values, Toy Story 4 takes a page from the first movie and centers on Woody. Most of the pretense of being a toy is ripped away as a story about moving on and deciding when it's right to focus on yourself takes center stage.
The change of pace was the main factor of enjoyment for me. Cutting out the beloved cast and pushing new characters into the spotlight broke the series from its holding pattern. Nothing is lost with the absence of favorites though as keeping an emotional center grounds the experience. Not having to divide screen time across a large cast allows for more time with Woody, cementing his hold on the franchise.
With all of that praise out of the way, I can tell you that this is not a perfect film. It lacks a strong sense of energy to propel the plot forward. For a movie so reliant on its ability to stir emotions, this is counter-intuitive to making you feel them. Instead of developing strong relationships between characters, it leans heavily on the soundtrack to get a rise out of the audience. The constant battle to keep you entertained is sabotaged with a slower pace, stagnating the overall feeling of the film.
Toy Story 4 relies heavily on the viewer to fill in blanks, hoping they had seen the three previous entries. In its attempt to tell a smaller story, it discovers something new but doesn't have the juice to make it compelling. Too reliant on old tricks and the use of too many crutches, it stumbles and ends up being an average movie. Sure, Disney is the only studio able to afford the amazing rendering technology to make features look this good, but the loss to Spider-Man speaks volumes. All of that doesn't matter though as movie-goers will come out in droves to see it. Toy Story 4 is not for kids, its made for the adults who have grown with the property, and tells a story for them. Hilariously, it's still one of the best movies in theaters, so you don't have to wait for it on streaming.
Please, no more Toy Story movies
the protagonist while the third jump brings it all together in the present. The entire movie is structured around these jumps to convey the relationships the characters have with one another. It's as though the viewer is being ping-ponged around through time with no pay-off of making the plot more interesting.
Anna is boring and a chore to watch. It's billed as an action movie but doesn't have any for the first half. There is probably no real reason to watch this movie in the theater. Save your money and watch anything else. I hear they are re-releasing Avengers: Endgame.
Are these movies just an excuse for Besson to interact with young women?
audiences have come to expect from the franchise. In a way, it strictly tries to follow the MIB formula but ends up being bogged down by bad dialogue.
Surprisingly, this movie didn't suffer from bad CGI. All of the special effects were very crisp and clear. From the distortion of everyday items to close up of aliens, there was a lack of washed out images commonly found in other blockbusters.
To be honest there isn't too much else to say without giving the plot away. Just know that sometimes the film works and other times it doesn't, but mostly it's medium. Along with sequences that are edited poorly and an underwhelming ending, it just doesn't scream summer blockbuster. There were nice nods to the original trilogy like music and references which were subtle enough not to get annoying. It's not something worth rushing to see in theaters and could easily be enjoyed at home, or playing in the background while doing something else.
Still waiting for a good summer movie
though as only a few of those people get to revel in the onslaught. The movie sets itself up for many of these sequences, most of them just end up with a mass of bodies slowly piling on top of an actor.
There are a couple of standout performances in the film. Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton do a great job in their respective roles. Driver delivers every deadpan line perfectly for maximum comedic effect. Swinton, on the other hand, is perfectly at home playing an eccentric character so alien to a normal person, you wonder if she is one. Everyone else is serviceable and doesn't really stand out.
Production quality also deserves a shoutout, especially for the lighting. There were a couple of scenes that utilized a handful of colors to light actors in scenes. There were also a couple of vehicle tracking shots which were elevated above the car that were framed nicely.
Overall, The Dead Don't Die doesn't quite hit the mark. It's thinly veiled political story aspects have no real effect on the characters and could have been taken out. Its narrative doesn't know if it wants to be an ensemble piece or if it actually has main characters. The whole "message" of the movie was a dig at humanity and how we are gluttonous for superficial items, all delivered from a hobo. It's a humorous movie but lacks anything compelling in its third act.
I had to fight the urge to fall asleep
The entire subplot attached to them is also superfluous and adds nothing to the movie.
The story is not the only problematic area though. A summer blockbuster with a $200 million dollar budget shouldn't feel as cheap as this one does. I swear this could have been on a streaming service and been par for the course. I don't have a problem with the limited scope—it was the fact that the production quality was so low. It was apparent in normal shots, but stuck out for any effects-heavy scenes. Storm's lightning was thick as spaghetti and the sloppy camera work was too obvious. The quick camera movements paired with up-close shots of fight scenes try to hide clumsy choreography and other blemishes.
The music also stuck out to me as being very inappropriate. The tone of the score always seemed to be more somber than the movie ever was. With tracks utilizing a choir in the wrong moments, it seemed like the music was never in sync with the film.
The only time this movie works is in the first 10 minutes. Stripped of most characters, the audience gets to focus on two. As a flashback, it sets up the rest of the film and lets you understand what is going on. At this moment, I wondered why everyone hated the movie. It's the only time the score works, the only sequence where I care about the characters, and the only scene good all on its own.
I don't see the need for anyone to go see this in theaters. The effects aren't good enough to enjoy on a big screen and there isn't enough action for the general audience to enjoy. Some critics might pretend that fans of the series might want to see how it ends but this is a ridiculous sentiment. It's just a really bland movie. There isn't anything special about it but its also not atrocious. It's not worse than Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
It's not even worth talking about performances since the characters suck so bad