Toy Story 4: The End of The Road

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these near twenty-four years and somehow you don’t know, Toy Story is a movie series dating all the way back to 1995, and it’s the story of the secret life of toys in their neverending quest for fulfillment in the hands of their child.

Toy Story 4 starts off with a flashback to a rainy night where Woody (Tom Hanks) and a group of Andy’s toys are trying to save RC from being swept away in the storm. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, that same night, Andy’s little sister, Molly decides to give away Bo Peep (Annie Potts). Woody tries to save her, but like a girlfriend actively searching for a way out of a relationship, Bo is perfectly fine getting pawned off to another kid, and the two share a long goodbye.

Fast forward to the current day and Woody and the gang are doing all they can for Bonnie, now a kindergartner. Stowed away in Bonnie’s backpack during her first day, Woody is there to provide moral support as she’s trying to cope with the changes, helping her create a brand new toy, a spork named Forky (Tony Hale). 

Forky suddenly comes to life, but he doesn’t see himself as a toy, and despite numerous attempts from Woody to explain what he is now, Forky sees himself as trash and continuously tries to throw himself away. While on a road trip, Forky runs away and Woody chases after him. The two begin to get to know one another as they start walking to catch up with Bonnie, but its when Woody sees Bo Peep’s lamp and Forky becomes a hostage by this 1950s doll, Gabby Gabby and her really creepy ventriloquist dummies (Christina Hendrix) so plans go awry.

Like every other Toy Story film, I enjoyed this movie with reverence. After learning that Pixar has announced Toy Story 4 will be the final Toy Story, I appreciate this film that much more. If Pixar follows through with what they say, then this is the last chapter, and exactly how you want this movie series to end.

A bit of a head’s up, the film is going to briefly get dark. Remember the incinerator scene from Toy Story 3? How they quickly tried to escape and failed and accepted their fate because they were together? Remember how you didn’t breathe or blink and you had tears pouring from your eyes? What? Just me? Liars. Anyway, that, but with an evil villain twist.

Toy Story 4 is everything that it needs to be and more of what you didn’t realize you wanted. The film is nearly non-stop laughs when it comes to the two new plushes, Ducky and Bunny (Key and Peele), and especially from Keanu Reeves, who plays Duke Caboom, a Canadian stunt biker.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Daniel Hennessy