Movie Review: Lightyear

June 20, 2022

Details from IMDB:

 

Lightyear

While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.

 

 

 

Initial Thoughts:

I've seen all the (main) Toy Story movies and I enjoyed them, a lot. So when I heard this was coming out, I got tickets to see it opening weekend (Saturday at 12 pm, to avoid most of the kids I hoped) and had some excitement as I often do. Pixar (mostly) does great movies and I thought this one would be the same, it wasn't but we'll get to that later. 

Main Points:

The movie starts off really good, I was having fun for the first 45 minutes or so. Evans does a great job as Buzz, all of the voice actors do and I really enjoyed SOX, Izzy, and Alisha (Hawthorne). The animation is fantastic, I am glad I saw it in IMAX (and there there were no previews at my showing!).

I also thought there were some great emotional moments (one, in particular, is something of a tear-jerker) and I applaud Disney/Pixar for showing gay marriage in such a simple, loving way. Anyone who get's offended by two people in love (as shown in this movie) has a SERIOUS problem. I don't think it's being shoved down a kid's throat at all (I've heard this comment, in person!), children need to see that love is love, and what gender/sexuality people identify as is completely immaterial to it.

 

That's me off my soapbox, I'll get to (but not dwell on) the negative. I thought this movie unfortunately relies too heavily on common sci-fi tropes/references/storylines and that for me I just got really bored. For a movie that was only an hour and forty minutes, I think at least 20 minutes could have been taken out.

Final Thoughts:

I can only give this a 6 out of 10 and would only recommend it to the most hardcore of the Toy Story/Pixar fans. I will say, however, that it's entirely possible that children (not too young, I'd say ages 9+ depending on the child) will enjoy this more than I did. I only stayed for 1 post-credit scene but I read there are 3. I look forward to what Pixar does next, though I will read review more closey in the future.