Movie Review

An episode dedicated to the review of a single movie.

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.

Episode 97: Men in Black: International

Garrett and Carson wish they had been neuralyzed after watching Men in Black: International.

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.

Episode 96: Dark Phoenix

Garrett and Carson are inhabited by a dark force while reviewing the latest X-Men film Dark Phoenix.

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.

Episode 95: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Garrett and Carson use their atomic breath to talk about Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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.