REVIEW: Toy Story 4 – The story we didn’t know we needed

The Story We Didn’t Know We Needed

A parable of The Lost Toy, whimsical and witty. 


Many fans of the trilogy thought that the long-awaited third film was a fitting ending to the series. It provided much-needed closure but the Pixar writers were not finished.


The fourth film explores the toys’ life with Bonnie, their new owner. All of the old favourites return and they meet a bunch of new toys along the way.


One of these new characters is “Forky,” a reluctant toy created by Bonnie in a craft activity.


Woody appears to be struggling with life after Andy but seems to find his purpose again when Forky joins the gang and he becomes the rustlin’ rescuing cowboy that he has always been (Yes, it’s very philosophical!).


Bo Peep returns for the sequel to reunite with the flock and reignites her rather romantic but tension-filled relationship with Woody.


Fans who were satisfied with Toy Story 3 will probably find this frankly, unsatisfying, but if one thing is certain, this movie is funny. It’s filled with a lot of side gags that both children and adults will enjoy.


If I had to give this film a title which summed up the story, it would be called “The Lost Toy” because at first glance it shares similarities with the “Parable of the Lost Sheep” but it ultimately ties in with the story’s theme.


As I alluded to earlier, this film is quite philosophical for a story about toys. It explores interesting themes around conscience, fear, letting go of the past, second chances and finding your purpose in life.


Pixar animations are known for their incredible attention to detail and this film is no exception. The beautiful animation really draws you into the story.


In true Toy Story style, the soundtrack embraces old and new with music by Randy Newman. A reprisal of the classic “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” plus two new songs, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” and “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy.” Randy Newman’s music doesn’t disappoint and adds to the emotional but playful nature of the film.


As a side note, Bonnie’s mum bears a strong resemblance to Riley’s mum in Inside Out. Weird flex… but… OK.


Some scenes may be scary for young children (some Adults too).