Hey guys, it’s been a while since I reviewed a film on this channel, so I thought I’d
tackle a film that you’ve all been requesting for a long time. That’s right, the 2018
film Hate Story 4. Now I got a lot of issues with Hate Story 4 but let’s start with what
I liked. Firstly, the acting is sensational. Milap Zaveri did a great job on writing the
dialogue and the dialogue only, the manner he switches from English to what I presume
is hindu seamlessly, is expert. And overall Hate Story 4 stays trues to the hate story
franchise, it’s the racy and heart warming erotic thriller we’ve come to expect and
love from from vishal pandaya.
Just kidding. This is a toy story four review. Could you imagine if I did a hate story four
review? Talk about no views… probably lose all my subs as well. ‘’They’d’’
probably organise a coordinated attack on me, those other film reviewers, they’d all
come at me like they came for nostalgia critic. `no one’s safe man.
So yeah what did we all think of Toy story four? Cos I felt it went over like soft Jam.
Everyone was excited about it, not as excited as toy story three, but yeah we all went to
see it, gave Disney buckets of money, handfuls of the stuff, and for the most part people
came out… pretty happy. You might have cried a bit when woody left, Duck and bunny were
funny, forky was… goofy.
But this might just be me, I might be alone in saying this, but toy story 4 felt dissatisfying,
and since I am considered the foremost voice on Disney films by
the BBC. (Montage) I felt it was worth analysing whether this sense
of emptiness within me was the result of a disappointing sequel, or if my breakup with
Caroline was getting to me, and what I found out was that it was definitely the films fault.
Year Was Wrong
Now I think Toy Story 4 makes a basic mistake from the get-go. And that’s the year of
its release. 2019. Now this may seem like a petty criticism and it is but hear me out.
The toy story franchise has always maintained its continuity over its sequels. In Toy Story
1, Andy is 8 years old and the toys are mostly concerned about being replaced by newer toys.
Toy Story 2 is set a couple of years later, and now the toys are realising that Andy’s
getting older with each passing day and there will soon be a time when Andy will no longer
need toys. We see Andy’s younger sister Molly taking her first steps, as Woody and
Buzz talk about their bleak future.
Toy Story 3 came out 11 years later. In that time, the original Toy Story stans had grown
from adorable little scamps to cynical teenagers. But the writers cleverly used the established
continuity to set the film a decade or so after Toy Story 2.
Andy is now about to go to college and many of the toys from the original films have disappeared.
The toys that are left have been discarded in a trunk.
We see Andy packing his things for college, he picks up Woody and Buzz and contemplates
which toy to bring with him. This is essentially the entire conflict of the first film, but
the decision is made almost emotionless, without any sentimentality. Because Andy doesn’t
care about toys anymore. It’s time to get a job. Get over Caroline and stop making blimming
YouTube videos... Andy
The Toys end up in a new bedroom, with a new child and some new toys. It essentially brings
the trilogy to a full circle. The toys have returned to having a young child play with
them and they have returned to a safe environment where they are once again valued.
The time span in between these three films made the narrative grander and it felt like
the films were growing up along with you. It was a subtle and unique way to reach out
to people as individuals.
It’s not necessarily a huge thing but, and on a base level, with Toy Story 4, that unique
story telling feature has been done away with. Because despite the 9 year gap between 3 and
4, the 4th film seems to set a year later at most.
And with that, the film moves a little further away from having that human touch, almost
as if it was made by faceless Disney suits, who hunger for nothing but money.
2: Bo Peep’s personality crisis
Bo Peep is back for Toy Story 4, that’s right, they listened to the millions of fans
who all screamed out “Where was Bo Peep in Toy Story 3?” “Bring back bo peep she
was a faaaav, she was my absolute faaaaav”. She was sadly redacted from Toy Story 3 because
unlike the other toys, she’s made of porcelain, which shatters under high temperatures. She
would have shattered into pieces during that final act and it probably wouldn’t have
been appropriate for a family friendly animated romp.
So Bo peep’s in Toy Story 4 because there isn’t any huge incinerators in this one
(Thank God!). But she seems to have had a complete personality shift, In the first two
films she’s a ‘’Homity Sheep Maiden’’ and now in this one she’s all ‘’Action
Ready Hunk McGroove’’. So what happened? Where did this compete personality shift come
from? Well, I personally think her transformation happened at the end of Toy Story 2. We see
the toys return home from their mission to their women in waiting. All the toys are celebrating
but Bo Peep seems stiff, it’s clear that even with Woody’s arm around her, something
It was a few weeks later when Buzz told Bo the whole truth about what happened at Al’s
Toy barn. Woody almost left for good. He almost went to Japan to be in a museum. Had he ever
thought about Bo? Considered her in this momentous decision? Of course not. She was just a homity
sheep woman who’d wait for him no matter what. She wasn’t decisive. She wasn’t
assertive. She wasn’t athletic.
In Toy Story 1 when Woody was crying out for help from Sid’s room, she didn’t run to
his rescue. She stayed in the back and prayed for the best. In Toy Story 2 she wasn’t
part of the rescue team. She’s made of porcelain. She’s modelled off an old-fashioned sheep
maiden. That’s her character. And it was after reflecting on all these aspects of her
personality and after analysing every facet of her identity, that Bo Peep understood that
her character wasn’t economically viable for a 2019 audience. So she changed it. She
changed everything. Where she was once porcelain, she is now a much higher strength porcelain,
where she was once meek and mild, she is now confident and assertive, inactivity has turned
to activity, and a dress has turned into a jumpsuit. Now I don’t really care because
the character has always been crap, but there is way more of Bo Peep in this film than any
other one, and she’s for sure my least favourite character in this whole franchise, even with
her new 2019 personality. She’s just not particularly funny or interesting. She plays
more of an aggressive voice of reason, dragging Woody around from set piece to set piece.
I’m not really sure what her motivation or goals are throughout the film. She doesn’t
introduce conflict to the narrative and the only real decision she makes is going back
for Woody – but that’s essentially pointless because
by the time she gets back to him he’s already had his voice box forcibly transplanted and
there’s nothing to save him from.
Weak for a Toy Story film, but pretty inoffensive and standard for an animated kids film, so
none of this bothers me. But what does urk me about Bo Peep is that Disney flipping gaslighted
Bo Peep’s character change is strange to me mostly because the writers pretend that
there isn’t a character change at all. They tell us that Bo Peep has always been this
way and that we’re just remembering it wrong. Toy Story 4 opens with a flashback to sometime
between the events of Toy Story 2 and 3. In this scene Bo Peep and Woody work together
to save RC. This scene depicts Bo Peep as a calm calculating strategist, ordering the
other toys in Molly’s room like she’s a general or something. Woody and Bo peep
turn to each other and say this. Wow they have so much trademark chemistry, they both
knew to do operation pull chord at the same time. Maybe when Bo Peep moved into Molly’s
room she took over as the role of leader, but it’s strange that Woody and Bo Peeps
relationship seems stronger than it’s ever been.
What I don’t get is why they didn’t introduce her as the original character we know and
love and then have that character change happen sometime off screen. Because it makes sense
for her to change into a proactive, decisive and action ready character when she’s been
living this nomadic, thrill seeking lost toy life for years. Imagine if the film opened
with a scared and timid Bo Peep on the verge of tears being boxed up and taken away from
the other toys. Then when Woody reunites with her years later, he would have been all freaked
out because she’s changed so much. She’s independent for the first time in her life
and this time she doesn’t need Woody’s approval. I think that would have added some
meat to this soft jam of a film. It would have been relatable, because we’ve all had
exes that changed over time and we’ve all felt a little worthless when we see how they’ve
moved on without us. But maybe I’m just thinking about Caroline too much and I’d
rather the film mirrored my own life instead of mirroring whatever the hell this is.
But this flashback just goes to show, that Bo Peep’s personality change isn’t something
that’s been informed by the world of the film at all. But is simply just a lazy way
to capitalise on a character that could potentially quell our insatiable craving for nostalgia
3: Why is woody weak?
Woody is somehow a more trash character than Bo Peep in this film to be fair, whereas before
Woody felt like a slightly neurotic but considerate boss, now he feels like a senile old man who’s
always talking about his dead best friend.
Only a year has passed at most between Toy Story 3 and 4, yet for some reason Bonnie
has gone from loving woody to leaving him in the closet. In less than a year, after
Andy put special emphasis on how important he was, it seemed like Bonnie was really excited
about Woody in the last film. Especially since she like found him in a tree and bought him
back and then snatched him off Andy. But I guess that’s just five year olds for you,
you can’t trust the brats not even for a blimmin instant.
So yeah, Bonnie doesn’t really care or seem to really notice Woody anymore. After all
the work and effort he put in to find a new home, he’s wound up in the same place he
was at the start of the third one. But Woody isn’t even fazed by this, whereas before
something like Bonnie giving Jesse his sheriff badge would have really bothered him, he’s
just so old and tired now. Dolly has now taken charge of Bonnie’s room, doing all the announcements
and making all the decisions, essentially doing Woody’s old job. I always thought
Woody did this in the first one because he was Andy’s favourite toy, it kinda made
sense. But yeah I don’t know if Woody just gave her that job or if the toys have an election.
Yeah I dunno.
While at school Bonnie puts some googly eyes on a plastic spork and calls it Forky, it’s
now her favourite toy and she loves it and it’s alive. Any time Forky is missing she
starts crying and frantically searches for her homemade spork toy. Bit weird but okay.
Woody sees it as his obligation, his mission, his duty to prevent Forky from killing himself,
because if she loses him or if she wakes up and he’s not by her side, she’ll explode
or somehow not be able to deal with school.
This situation is made more tenuous when Bonnie’s family decide to go on a roadtrip. Because
that’s American Families do… apparently. God I wish us British kids could have gone
on road trips, instead we just have legoland… or crap camping holidays. Woody spends the
whole trip trying to stop Forky from running away while all the other toys just watch because
I guess Woody is the only toy that really cares about this. One night, Woody keeps watch
on Forky, but he’s struggling to stay awake. This is the first time they’ve ever shown
toys sleeping, because why would they need to? They don’t have organs or brains so
why would they go to sleep? In Toy Story 1 while Sid is sleeping Woody and Buzz are wide
awake and then in Toy Story 3, when Buzz is reset he spends all night watching the toys
Anyway, Buzz sees that Woody is struggling and offers to take over his shift to let Woody
get some toy sleep. But Woody declines the offer, saying that this something he needs
to do alone. While they’re talking, Forky jumps out the window and Woody rushes after
him, even though a few minutes ago he was barely able to stay awake. Woody doesn’t
go back to sleep for the entire rest of the film, so I guess the toys only need to sleep
when it’s convenient for the plot. Anyway, why dis Woody decline buzzes help? Why does
he need to look after Forky on his own?
Well, it’s later revealed that Woody is obsessing over Forky because it’s the only
thing he has left to do, it’s the only thing left that gives him value. Throughout the
whole film Woody is constantly repeating the same thing over and over. That he needs to
get Forky back to Bonnie. There is never a moment when that changes, it’s juts that
single character motivation that’s weakly holding the whole film flimsily together.
But that’s fine because this is a film for tiny tiny babies and to expect anything more
of this film would be unfair. Right? Well, It might shock you to hear that Woody’s
character in the original Toy Story film, a film that came out 24 years ago went through
character arcs and had motivations that dynamically shifted from scene to scene.
He starts off as Andy’s favourite toy, he’s like the big man on campus, he’s got respect,
y’know what I mean? Then when Buzz comes in he’s filled with bitterness, jealousy
and rage. There’s conflict and that builds up to Woody attempting to murder Buzz.
Then later on Woody’s conflict shifts to Sid, it becomes a survival horror film with
Woody trying to make it back to the warmth and comfort of Andy’s room. Woody and Buzz
now share the same conflict, Sid. So they naturally become allies and return to Andy’s
room with a sincere and genuine friendship that is earnt.
The issue with Toy Story 4 is that the main conflict is always centred around Forky and
as the other Toys don’t really care about Forky and as Bonnie has already showed signs
of being a fickle psychopath picking up and dropping toys at a whim, it has the weakest
stakes compared to the previous three films.
Furthermore, Woody doesn’t come up with the plan to rescue Forky, Bo Peep does. He’s
never in a place of conflict or stress, as all the environments, even the antique shop
are inoffensive and welcoming to Woody. He never really does anything stand out or exceptional
to make us like him or root for him and that’s a shame considering it’s the guys last film
in the franchise. Yeah that’s right, Woody leaves at the end of this film so let’s
talk about that.
4. Woody voted leave
There’s no doubt over here in my corner that Woody leaving wasn’t a touching scene,
how could you not cry? It’s woody! OUR woody. And he’s leaving, for ever! But the question
I’m asking is, ‘Why Is Toy Story 4 Touching Us?’ Is it because the film has taken us
on a journey and this is our well earnt catharsis? Or is it because this is a character that’s
had three films for us to get attached to? My argument is that it’s the latter.
Because within the context of Toy Story 4…Woody’s decision to leave Bonnie and be a lost toy
doesn’t add up to me. I’ve been crunching the numbers and I don’t really get it. I
mean maybe you guys can help me out.
In the first two Toy Story films, it’s constantly asserted that life is only worth living if
you’re being loved by a kid. The relationship the toys have with Andy is one of unconditional
love and that’s any kind of love. You can interpret it as a romantic love, religious
love or even parental love. The relationship toys have with their kids is a special and
intimate one. Being played with is the only way that their kids can directly express that
love, which is why these toys are so obsessed with being played with. It’s everything
Even at Sunnyside day care, the kids that play with them form strong bonds with the
toys. Lotso says that they stay with the kids until they grow up and then they get new ones.
Yeah yeah I just said this….
But in Toy Story 4, we’re introduced to a whole new way of life for a toy and that’s
being a ‘Lost Toy’. Lost Toys don’t have a special or intimate relationship with
a kid, they’re kidless and move from place to place. This is how Bo Peep and her friend
Giggle McDimples live. Oh and her sheep, who now have names for some reason. I wonder why…
£20? SOLD OUT?
Anyway, straight off the bat this way of life contradicts with every single thing Woody
has said, done and believed for the last 20 years. Woody thinks that being played with
and loved by a kid is the only thing that matters to a toy, whereas Bo thinks toys should
be free and should explore the world. They have complete different ideologies, surely
they can’t both be right? You’d think this would produce some debate or arguments
or conflict between the two. You’d think that Woody would need to be convinced into
leaving Bonnie and becoming a lost toy. I guess you could argue that Woody sees Bo’s
lifestyle and convinces himself that it’s right for him.
But I’m not even sure what the life of a lost toy really entails. When we are first
reunited with Bo, she and some other toys are in this park so that the kids can pick
them up and play with them. So, I think that’s what lost toys do, they look for kids and
then wait for them to play with them and that’s why Bo’s arm has broken off. What if a kid
like Sid picks them up and takes them home? How is driving around in a skunkmobile looking
for toyless kids a more exciting way of living? Why would Woody want this? He’s a very insecure
and anxious character, it seems like these lost toys are in constant danger and stress.
Okay so maybe Woody didn’t think it through, maybe the real reason he leaves Bonnie is
so that he can be with Bo Peep, the love of his life.
But surprisingly, Bo Peep and Woody originally had better chemistry than what we see in Toy
Story 4. Bo used to be quiet, soft and sweet. This worked well with Woody’s neurotic anxiety,
as she could reassure him and make him felt better about himself.
Woody was proactive and he was passionate, he gave Bo Peep something to get excited about.
He added some much needed action in her dull and dreary life. I mean she’s clearly aroused by him.
In Toy Story 4 all of that has gone. He now likes her because she’s like a beefed-up
version of woody with all the heroism but without flaws and I’m sorry but that feels
contrived and fake.
Even though they never directly show that Woody is dissatisfied with his life in Bonnie’s
room, I think the real reason that Woody leaves at the end is because Bonnie doesn’t play
with him anymore and his ego can’t handle that.
This shark toy in Andy’s room was never played with, he was left in the trunk, but
you don’t see him whining about having no purpose. When Andy grew up and stopped playing
with his toys, none of them even considered or thought about leaving because being there
for Andy was more important. Toy Story 2 ends with Woody saying to Buzz that the future
might be bleak but at least they’re be together. Then in Toy Story 3, Buzz describes the rest
of the toys from Andy’s room as a family. Woody could have gone to college with Andy
but instead he chooses to stay with his friends.
I guess all that stuff about sticking together through thick and thin, all those years of
friendship and hardship gets thrown out the window when your owner doesn’t… ‘play’
with you enough. That and meeting a thick ass hot ass porcelain babe is your queue to
dip according to Toy Story.
All those arduous experiences and lessons that the characters went through, seem to
have been forgotten and the cast replaced with dumber simpler versions of what were
quite multifaceted characters. Take Buzz for example.
In Toy Story 2 Buzz used his space academy training as a tool for detective work and
to organise a rescue mission with planning and strategy. Now he’s running around on
his own with no clear set purpose because he thinks his voice box is his inner consciousness,
how could Buzz be aware he’s a toy but still misinterpret his voice box to be his inner
consciousness? AT MOVIE FOUR!
When Woody doesn’t come back with Forky, the toys weirdly turn to Buzz for advice on
what to do next. But they’ve already established that Dolly is the new leader of the toys and
she’s right there, doing nothing! So, the film’s even inconsistent with things that
are set up in itself!
These things don’t bother me that much, I mean they're only small details. But it’s
exemplary of what my issue is with Toy Story 4. It’s the imagery without the substance.
And I guess that’s why to me, Toy Story 4 was just… Meh… it looks like Toy Story,
in fact it’s legit the best-looking Toy Story we’ve had, I mean it does look beautiful.
But under the surface, the film doesn’t offer a whole lot. The effectiveness of the
film relies entirely on our attachment towards what we’ve had before, but it is still effective,
we still have an emotional response and we are still invested. However, this response
doesn’t match what is achieved when time, effort and passion is put into saying something
Either that or… this is all really just about Caroline… I’ve sent her two emails,
just… explaining everything I’m feeling and stuff, about our relationship. The other
one was about Toy Story 4… and she… she’s not answered to any of them. Either way comment
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