Posted on 6/21/10 04:24 PM
Toy Story 3 was a special surprise. I didn't have high expectations, I simply thought I was going to see a funnier version of Toy Story 2.
In the beginning of Pixar, we had Toy Story, then A Bug's Life and then Toy Story 2. They had in common being movies with lots of colors, a lot of action and funny moments throughout the movie. I believe it wasn't until Ratatouille that Pixar began to explore with more complex and profounds feelings than just being funny, colorful and entertaining.
For this reason, I always thought that Toy Story 3 would only be another sequel of a good comedy and that's it, I wasn't expecting a rollercoaster of emotions just like with Wall-E and Up. And there lies my mistake: I thought Pixar would simply go the easy way out and skip the latter trend of Emotional Rollercoasters Inc., therefore I wasn't prepared for what was in store.
Toy Story 3 begins in a very logical sense as the kids are no longer kids and it's time to detach. So, what's next? The very logical thing to do: Throw the toys to the garbage can, put them in a box and put it away in the attic, or grow up as a geek in university and have your toys in your dorm room and keep them for the rest of your life close at hand. What would you do? Or even better, what did you do?
The first thing that I loved here is that superficially that's the dilemma that Woody and his friends have to face, but actually no, it's Andy, the boy who owns the toys, the one that has to deal with this. It doesn't matter the will and desire of the toys, the choice finally relies on Andy. Toy Story 3 is the story of a kid who has to go through the dramatic chapter of his life where he has to accept that he is no longer a boy but a man, but told from the point-of-view of his toys. Oh, Pixar, you're so clever.
And here is the fun part of the movie. The rollercoaster of emotions that I have been repeating so far is lived through all the toys, and it's so much fun! All the dramas and inconveniences were transformed in some of the funniest sequences in so-far Pixar history, with thrilling rides and prison-break suspense. Pixar even go a bit edgier when playing with Barbie and Ken but never falling in bad taste.
It's amazing how Pixar has learned so much about movie-making. Some days ago I bought the Blu-Ray version of Gone With The Wind, and my mind started to go away as I imagined myself being transported to the 1940s and feeling what would I have felt to see the scene before the intermission where Scarlett says: "I promise I will never be hungry again!" Probably I would of gotten goose-bumps and maybe trying to avoid a tear go down as the music soars and fills the room. Well, I admit that I got almost the same feeling at the end of Toy Story 3. There was a void in my chest, and I simply couldn't let go. Everybody had their 3D glasses on and were very quiet, but I'm sure lots where hiding tears behind those glasses. Come on, crying at Toy Story 3? What are you talking about? It's a movie about toys!! Remember Woody saying it in the first film? They - are - toys!!!
As Andy and the rest of the gang were getting their resolutions and life was moving on, Pixar was forcing us to move on and leave the room when we didn't want to. Forget about the actors, about the director, about the technology, be a child and go see Toy Story 3, and get a chance to feel again what it was when you were a kid. Pixar did it again.