Upon hearing about the making of Toy Story 4 the universal reaction was, “wait what?”. After all, Pixar had just ended Toy Story 3 on an emotional note many believed left the franchise in neatly tied bow. Because of that, going into Toy Story 4 I like many others was unsure if this was a money grab or a realistic next chapter for Woody and Buzz.
Well the verdict is in: Pixar did it again. Toy Story 4 is yet another fantastical sequel to the previous three installments. The movie hits on every note the others did: funny yet heartfelt, creative yet familiar. Everything you love about the previous movies, is packed in this tidy 100 minute follow-up.
As with every sequel, there is a nervousness of introducing new story lines, characters and ideas. Why mess with the original? Well, the casting directors and writers absolutely deserve a huge amount of credit. The new characters and actors behind them are outstanding. Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele all have minor parts, but their impact is felt throughout. All produce hearty laughs and memorable moments. All are seamless additions to the main cast. Key and Peele both are hysterical in their roles and should give people flashbacks to their famous hit show Key and Peele. Meanwhile, Reeves once again hits it out of the park with his role as Duke Caboom, a hilarious stuntman with an even more interesting and funny backstory.