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Toy Story 4 (2019) Movie Review By The Moviie Couple

Toy Story 4 continues the adventures of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear along with their old friends now living in Bonnie’s Room. All our old favorites are back, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the bosom buddy toys are joined by Jessie, Rex, Ham, Slinky Dog, Potato Head as well as Dolly, Trixie, and Mr Picklepants from part three.Director: Josh Cooley
Writers: John Lasseter (original story by), Andrew Stanton (original story by
Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts

Moviie Couple here! We went to see Toy Story 4 this weekend! Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies! We’re here to tell you if we liked it. Film experts we are not! Just a quick reminder of our rating system. Mrs. Moviie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out. we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system. 1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money! 3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent! 5-6 Bills equal Wow! Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter! Please take our money again!

Toy Story 4 continues the adventures of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear along with their old friends now living in Bonnie’s Room. All our old favorites are back, Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as the bosom buddy toys are joined by Jessie, Rex, Ham, Slinky Dog, Potato Head as well as Dolly, Trixie, and Mr Picklepants from part three.

Bonnie is growing up and getting ready for Kindergarten. She is fearful and as a way of coping creates an arts and crafts toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale). Remember, we do not spoil films here, but suffice to say Forky is very important to Bonnie and Woody and Buzz are there to help him learn the importance of his new position.
Along the way (You’ve seen this in trailers) there is a road trip to a carnivale, the return of Bo Peep (Annie Potts)! New toys (both friends and enemies met along the way) including Ducky and Bunny (Key and Peele of comedy and film fame), Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks) and Duke Caboom (voiced by the one and only John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves!).

The film is directed by Josh Cooley. Cooley’s only directing work until this point was two Pixar shorts. Toy Story is a grand road trip adventure with a lot to say about growing up, finding one’s place in the world and how it’s never too late to make a change. Pretty deep stuff for a kids movie seen through the eyes of animated children’s toys! Does it work? Will the kids love it? How about the older generation that grew up on Woody and Buzz? Is this one Toy Story too many? Queue up the Randy Newman music, grab your favorite old stuffed animal or blanky and lets hurry to find out! Let’s get to the reviews!
So here we go!

Mr. Moviie Couple: Truth be told, I was expecting this to be just a huge cash grab for Disney Studios. It’s common knowledge that the theme parks just recently opened an entire area of rides dedicated to the Toy Story characters. So the timing couldn’t be any better for the Mouse House. And didn’t we really get a great conclusion to the Toy Story “Trilogy” already? Is there any reason other than money for this film to exist? I mean really? (Said in my best Tom Hanks voice). Well Actually…There is!

Can the writers come up with one last story worth filming? In the soon to be immortal catch phrase of Duke Caboom “Yes, They Can..ada!” You’ll get that after you’ve seen the movie. This film grows Woody and gives our favorite toy sheriff an actual character arc to complete! By the films end (Which we will absolutely not be spoiling) Woody grows and learns more about who he is than he did in all three of the other films.

As with all Toy Story films, we get emotions out of our shared nostalgic experience of having beloved toys of our own growing up, and this is no different. But beyond just enjoying seeing Woody, Buzz and the gang again, we meet new toys with all new personalities and the return of a missing original. Make no mistake, Bo Peep is a star in this film! She is the new hero of this world and its not in a forced, shoehorned way that the Marvel films have been using to show that their world isn’t just for boys. Bo Peep is heroic without taking anything away from Woody or the others we have grown to love. She just is amazing with nothing to prove. She is a favorite and Annie Potts shines as her voice!

I have to talk about the new toys besides the returning Bo. They are all a welcome addition to the team. The comedy and friend team of Key and Peele lend their voices and I’m sure comic talents to the film as Duck and Bunny. These two plush carnival toys provide some of the funniest sequences and had me laughing out loud. Gabby Gabby, voiced by Christina Hendricks, is the antagonist in the film (no spoiling you can tell by posters and trailers), but like the best antagonists we totally understand her motivations! She is like a Toy Thanos, in her reasoning, not her power level. Let’s not get carried away. We even get a new action toy ala Buzz in Duke Caboom, Canada’s Daredevil Stunt Rider (Think a Canadian version of the old Evel Knievel toy from back in the day) voiced perfectly by Keanu Reeves.

While maybe not as complex, as Inside Out or Toy Story 3, I found this to be an emotional conclusion to the Toy Story Saga (It’s a Saga after 3 films right?) I must admit I got something in my eye at the end. It caused me to tear up and Mrs. Moviie Couple could have sworn I was crying. I will not confirm or deny. Just a great film to end the series on. After four great pulls from this well, I do believe the well is dry, but I’ll never say never. I give Toy Story 4 5 Bills!

Mrs. Moviie Couple: Adored this movie! She was happy to once again see a girl in a position of action and power to inspire the young ones out there! She found Bo Peep to be a great heroic role model for the young girls in the audience! She wanted to warn some parents that Gabby Gabby’s “henchmen” toy dummies could be frightening for younger viewers. She found them unsettling and she’s an adult. Just a precaution to parents. She loved the themes. She found the movie to be all about Parenting (Woody having to parent a young Forky), friendship (as always in these movies), seasons of life and a little bit of romance thrown in. A very well rounded film!. These themes promote children to keep trying, think in unconventional ways and to see change as a good thing rather than with anxiety or fear.

She liked how Woody and Buzz learned to adapt and enjoyed Forky as an out of the box creation! She knows how many young children can create toys with imagination and it has just as much meaning as a store bought toy and felt that was a great concept to bring into the Toy Story world. It was all done with great humor as well!
She feels the best age group for this movie is ages 5 and up! There were kids younger in the theatre and they were bored and running about! She really loved this film, but also felt the closure found at the conclusion of this one should herald the end. It was an emotional finish! Nothing more needs to be said! She also gives Toy Story 5 Bills!

On the way home, We talked all about the journey of Woody and Buzz, the new characters, the perfect ending (one that seems perfect for those older kids that grew up with the toy buddies) that may or may not have brought me to a few tears. We agreed it was far Beyond (Infinity?) our expectations! While not racing to see it in theatres again, we will be adding it to our video catalogue and highly recommend this movie. Well worth the money spent and a great night out at the movies! I give it 5 Bills, just a great conclusion to a great franchise. The Mrs. gives it 5 Bills! She loved the messages and the growth of the beloved characters! So we have a solid 5 Bills! Highly recommended!

Till next time, Check for snakes in your boots pardner, and always set your sights to Infinity and Beyond! Be sure to check our facebook page for a clue to our next movie up for review! Mr. & Mrs. Moviie Couple out!

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Pretty in Pink (1986) Movie Retro Review By Stephen McLaughlin

Pretty in Pink

Director: Howard Deutch
Writer: John Hughes
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Harry Dean Stanton, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Annie Potts

I was 10 years old when Pretty in Pink was released and it wasn’t until the early 1990’s in my mid teens I finally got round to seeing the John Hughes classic. Pretty in Pink is about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks called Andie (Ringwald) who must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart “Duckie” (Cryer) and a rich but sensitive playboy named Blane (McCarthy) It’s fair to say that Pretty in Pink optimises the 1980’s with it’s terrific soundtrack, fashion and most of all it’s ideology and class beliefs in a decade fascinated with possession and finance. I also think it’s fair to say stripping all of these element away lies a story about never judging a book by it’s cover and attempting to break down the social barriers of the time. Although, the film doesn’t exactly revolutionise the way people were in the 80’s or change their perceptions on each other, it’s message is loud and clear.

John Hughes as a writer was untouchable in this period in his career. He has already bagged a comedy classic 3 years previously in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Sixteen Candles (1984) a year later and followed that up with the classic The Breakfast Club (1985) He would continue to remain consistent in his writings after Pretty in Pink to with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), The Great Outdoors (1988), Uncle Buck (1989) and reached his creative powers and peak with the 1990 comedy classic Christmas film Home Alone. Hughes in his mid to late 30’s understood the youth of the day. He also understood character development and relied on a portion of “The Bratt Pack” in his Directorial films also to fulfil his vision. I think it is fair to say that he created memorable characters throughout this period and in Pretty in Pink he manages to achieve this.

Molly Ringwald as Andie is conscious of the fact that her social circles are beginning to mingle with the more prestige dwellers of High School and in Blane she realises that stripping back the fancy houses and cars that the character that Andrew McCarthy portrays is a likeable and honourable chap. Of course there will be a price to pay for both Andie and Blane as the story unfolds later on. Especially with the despicable Steff played by a very youthful James Spader who is hellbent in reminding Blane of the Code of Conduct amongst “their own” and not to get too attached to the poorer Andie. This is what Pretty and Pink manages address throughout the movie. The sub story behind this is the relationship between Andie and Duckie. I think Jon Cryer did a great job as the doting “friend” to Andie. He would do anything for her and it’s almost heartbreaking to see the character carry such a happy go lucky persona throughout, even when you know inside he is in love with Andie, who is totally unaware of his feelings and sees him as a friend and nothing more. Ringwald, McCarthy, Spader and Cryer are the main characters throughout and its easy to forget that Molly Ringwald was only 18 when she did this movie with the others in their mid 20’s. 

Supporting the Quartet is the brilliant Harry Dean Stanton as Andie’s Father Jack. Both abandoned by Andie’s Mother a few years previously to the events of the film Jack is struggling to cope with raising a teenage daughter and as the film wears on his relationship is slipping away from him. Harry Dean Stanton sadly passed away just under a year ago at the age of 91 and his acting, charisma and screen presence throughout his 50 year career will never be forgotten. Annie Potts plays Iona, a friend a work colleague to Andie (Both work in a local Record Store) and this is where you hear most of the soundtrack playing in the background with one of my favourite songs of the day from Echo and the Bunnymen “Bring on the Dancing Horses” Potts plays the supporting a loyal friend to Andie and does a fine job with some quick witted lines that are razor sharp and brutal to the recipient.

Overall, Pretty in Pink perhaps doesn’t have the darker edge that The Breakfast Club had, but it certainly has the social conscience that the audience could take from it and understand the struggles of social prejudice and the impact it had on relationships with friends and lovers in this movie. The character of Blane manages to ensure that the audience doesn’t hate on the more well to do members of society as he is seen as a level headed youth with morals that move away from the possessions and bank accounts of his peers. Andie represents the underdog and is the most relatable character to the audience. John Hughes’ writing is clever and thought provoking here. His understanding of the teens of the 1980’s cannot go unnoticed in this movie and although the underlying issues have been present from the day dot he manages to incapture this in Pretty in Pink. The Humour is just about right also and Cryer has most of the lines in this case and shows even this early in his career why he is regarded as a talented and funny man. If you are unfamiliar with John Hughes work I would probably suggest watching his movies in chronological order and you will see his talents develop with every movie and by the time you get to Pretty in Pink you will be wanting more. Recommended.