As of last night three of my top ten favorite movies are all named Toy Story. Seriously. Or, to be more accurate, humorously. Very humorous. While most movie sequels quickly peter out, the writers and producers of the Toy Story series have the creativity to make it fresh and funny each time. And while there were plenty of children in the audience, Lynn and I were hardly the only empty nesters enjoying the show.
I recommend it not simply as good, fun entertainment, but as great art. I also recommend patronizing the Times Cinema in Wauwatosa, where you can see it for $5.
I just read a column about the movie in the 6/20/10 issue of the NY Times by David Hajdu. It's great and you can read it by clicking here. I do have one bone of contention, however: he makes the statement that "In Andy's presence, the toys are inanimate...impassive objects." He also says "Only when he leaves...do they come alive." Not true! The entire, remarkable, opening sequence shows in graphic splendor how alive the toys are in Andy's imagination. The same device was used in Toy Story 2.