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Review: Toy Story 4 (Carson’s View)

Toy Story 4 brings us back to the secret life of toys for the last time. Woody, Buzz, and the gang are the latest in a long line of friends that we are forced to say goodbye to in 2019.  We have already lost certain Avengers, Westeros’ finest, Singer’s X-Men (thankfully), and later this year the Skywalker Saga will be concluded.  Spin-off and reboot talk has already begun on all the other properties (and perhaps eventually Toy Story will be no different), but this seems like a fitting end for Andy’s Room Toys.

Toy Story 4 did not “wow” me with the trailers. There was nothing in particular I was looking forward to.  In actuality, there were parts that I was dreading and hoped wouldn’t make it into the movie.  But as a big fan of the series along with my self-diagnosed condition of being a completionist, they had my ticket money from minute they announced production.  However, unlike Dark Phoenix, Toy Story 4 did not take advantage of the brand and put together a unique, fun, and heartfelt conclusion that any fan of the series will enjoy.  Even the scenes I was previously concerned with were entertaining in their entirety.

The crew we have grown to love over the past 25 years are a now part of Bonnie’s toy collection.  Breaking in a new kid certainly has it’s challenges, but our heroes handle it like champs!  The new adventure bounces from lighthearted and amusing to touching and inspiring, and back again. I am repeatedly amazed how these digitally created characters can trigger so many different emotions, while most human actors cannot.  You feel for these characters.  You feel with these characters. It is sad to see them go, but I thank them for their story.

Review: Men in Black: International (Garrett’s View)

Incredibly plain. Like eating a bowl full of bland oatmeal with a side of bread and washing it down with lukewarm water.

Review: Rocketman (Garrett’s View)

A fantastical musical as unique as Elton John with a breakthrough performance from Egerton.

Review: Booksmart (Garrett’s View)

Consistently funny and will leave you wanting to hang out with these characters for one more night.

Review: Dark Phoenix (Garrett’s View)

Struggles across the board and is undoubtedly a top contender for the worst X-Men film to date.

Review: Dark Phoenix (Carson’s View)

Thankfully this era is over and now mutants can enter their proper place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Garrett’s View)

Overall, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a net neutral. The monster moments are enjoyable enough to somewhat cancel out the eye-roll-inducing human story.

Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Carson’s View)

Looking to see giant monsters destroy cities and fight one another? Then you should go get your tickets for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! Going for any other reason would be to completely overlook one simple fact… This is a Godzilla movie.  King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014’s reboot of Godzilla that also exists in the same cinematic universe as Kong: Skull Island. Neither are required viewing before sitting down for the newest installment because, again, this is a Godzilla movie.

The advantage King of the Monsters has over it’s predecessor is that the world now knows these monsters exist.  We do not have to wait until the end of the movie to finally see Godzilla fight.  We jump into this story where our human characters have already uncovered more “Titans” around the world.  For a kid who grew up watching old Godzilla movies from the 50’s and 60’s, it was pretty awesome to see all those behemoths come to life. Typically in reboots, creative teams try to put their own spin on the design of a creature to make it look new and different, and more often than not the end result is a poor representation. With the exception of a (much needed) upgrade to Rodan, these monsters look, act, and fight like their original incarnations. And that made me happy.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters does a great job of world building in a short amount of time. It explains how and why these Titans exist quickly and easily so we can get back to why we were all there to begin with… the monster fighting. I very much enjoyed watching Godzilla put the smackdown on these other Titans, but I will say that in March of 2020 I will be on Team Kong!

Review: Brightburn (Garrett’s View)

Brightburn took a great concept and turned it into a run-of-the-mill horror film.