Well, it took me long enough to see this movie. I tried to go see it with a group from work on the day it came out, but we got there a little too late and they were sold out. And then my roommate and I repeatedly made plans to go see it, but I got smashed by the end of semester crush, and we never managed to make it to the theater. But now that classes are over and there are just two finals are left, I felt sufficiently free to go enjoy myself for a little while.
First of all, don't let me dissuade from seeing this movie, because it is eminently enjoyable. If you haven't seen this movie, there is no reason that you shouldn't.
Really, I have just two things to say about this movie, and they're kind of nits I'm picking.
First of all, the movie seemed strangely longer than it really was. It was on the verge of dragging. Of course, that's probably just because the whole movie only spans about 5 major plot points, and most of the plot is focused in one day, and in one building at that. What was there was fantastic, and not really anything to complain about... I guess I just didn't feel like it was very... epic, maybe.
Not a big deal, really, but it was something I was thinking about after the night was over. We watched Monsters, Inc. and Harry Potter in the same night, and Monsters, Inc. felt longer than it was while Harry Potter felt shorter, and I've been dwelling on why.
The other nit is just that the final action sequence of the movie left me with that eerie deja vu feeling, and I was practically expecting Buzz Lightyear to fall through the background towards a passing
suitcase door attempting to rescue Woody. Um, in other words, it just wasn't that original, and Pixar was just recycling their own old ideas. Sure, it was spiced up ever so slightly, but it wasn't different enough.
I'd mention the animation, but it almost feels redundant at this point. We know Pixar has their act together, and while they've practically been using the same kid modeling look since Toy Story, it's just their style, and so I won't begrudge them that.
Any which way, it was a good movie. It was incredibly sweet, and at the end it left me wishing I had someone I could have hugged and shared a warm cuddly moment with. But it just wasn't particularly innovative on any of its axes, and that's its only real flaw. 4/5