Toy Story 3 in 3D: a review

My boyfriend and I don’t have kids, probably because we’re still children at heart ourselves.  So it was no surprise when Jon suggested on Saturday morning that we go see Toy Story 3.  I was a little sceptical at first, “but shouldn’t we rather stay in bed and rather watch the movie when it’s out on DVD?” did not escape my thoughts, let me tell you.

An hour later, popcorn in hand and sitting down in the movie cinema, I had my goofy 3D glasses on and I was giggling away at the opening scenes of Woody, Buzz and crew and I remembered why I love pretending to be 12 years old.  Kids’ movies are just so much fun, and Toy Story 3 does not disappoint.

Andy is now an all grown up, car driving young adult off to college and has forgotten about playing with his toys.  Woody and Buzz Lightyear, his trusty old favourites are trying to convince the rest of the toys that their job is to still be there for their owner, even if that means being stuck up in the attic until Andy has children of his own one day.  Of course, Toy Story wouldn’t be Toy Story without some form of mishap or adventure, and soon the toys find themselves accidentally on the curb, heading for the big, scary toy-squashing rubbish dump.

Woody jumps in to save the day and suddenly the movie really kicks off.  With new characters brings new villains, and in this segment of the trilogy, the villain happens to be an old, cuddly teddy bear smelling of strawberries.  Another new addition to the storyline would be Ken and Barbie.  Oh my word, they bring such comic relief their intelligence questioned and more particularly, Ken’s sexuality being totally compromised, which definitely leaves the adults reeling with laughter at in-jokes that were made specifically to go over the kids’ heads.

The character development and story line is believable, it sucks you in so that you’re on the edge of your seat, cringing when necessary, and hoping against hope that our heroes will once again come out successful and happy survivors.

I am not afraid to admit that the ending, although totally predictable, had me in tears of joy and just the right amount of wanting more without feeling dissatisfied.  I also love the fact that they’ve left room enough for more movies in the franchise to come.

All in all, I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

One tiny little bit of criticism; the 3D element of the movie only really shows in the first five minutes of the movie.  I’m sitting here on my bed now trying to think of when else in the movie I noticed it and I’m drawing a blank.  So, honestly, I’m not sure it was worth the hundred and forty bucks we paid, when we could have easily seen Toy Story 3 for half that price and not missed out on any 3D effects, but still enjoyed the movie.

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Sheena Gates

Sheena Gates

Sheena Gates,  a writer, movie watcher, workaholic girlfriend.  She lives somewhere between her house and her boyfriend's (but mostly her boyfriend's) in Jozi.  You can find her @SheBeeGee on twitter.

8 Responses

  1. Sorry hectic holiday. There where a lot of dark parts in this movie and kids under six who are sensitive like mine would be better to give this a miss till they are older.

    My son 3 did not like the fact that the toys got thrown out with the trash and everything seemed to go downhill from there.I took him out at the play school beginning when the kids come in and start battering the toys. But my husband stayed in and said that it was hectic and and one point the toys where being sent to the furnice and he said there where kids sobbing in the movie.

    I would say from at least 6 and if they are sensitive maybe even 8.

  2. I think it’s pretty scary for little ones but it depends on the child – a friend of mine took his two boys (aged 4 and 2) and they were both fine… whereas I know my 3-yr-old would find it very scary! There was a girl of around 6 or 7 sitting next to me when I saw it and she was very scared and almost crying in parts…

  3. Thanks for letting us know Heidi – I was going to take my kids but when I saw the preview I thought it looked scary and too threatening for little ones. I saw Marmaduke (Numetro) this morning with my 4,6 and 9 year olds and it was perfect – they ALL loved it. (and so did I)

  4. I agree with Heidi. The sinister teddy “Lotso” & his gang still have my 4-year old daughter scared, three days after seeing the movie. I think kids from about 6 years old might handle it better.

  5. Was really looking forward to this movie and kids have been so excited but I must say that the theme of this one is quite dark. Would not recommend this movie to any kids under six. And even my eight year old nephew got upset at some parts.

  6. Good review. I myself also love watching kid’s movies, make one feel 12 years old again and that’s great!

    Will definitely take my kids to see this.

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