Toy Story 4 - Five Reasons You'll Love It
Almost nine years ago to the day, the world was still recovering from the after-effects of Toy Story 3.
The film won universal acclaim and scored over a billion dollars at the box office. It was billed as the perfect end to the animated trilogy and it was expected that it would be the last we heard from Buzz, Woody and the gang, who we fell in love with back in 1995.
But it has proved not to be the end and a fourth instalment hits cinemas this weekend.
This movie sees the gang back together once again and enjoying life with their new owner Bonnie, but when Bonnie's new favourite toy goes missing, Woody attempts to mount a rescue mission.
Sadly, he gets kidnapped in the process and is forced to plan a daring escape with the help of some old friends
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt and more are back, while new additions to the cast this time around include Keanu Reeves, Get Out director Jordan Peele and Arrested Development star Tony Hale.
Josh Cooley is directing the new film, while the script comes from Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton.
The film arrives in cinemas today (June 21st) and will be released on DVD later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...
It has all the feels...
Toy Story 3 was notorious for reducing just about everybody to tears, and, this will have exactly the same effect. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the issues and themes they're dealing with are absolutely universal.
But it's very, very funny...
The mixture of quirky gags, slapstick set-pieces and sly references for the adults in the audience is distilled to perfection once again.
All the characters are handled skillfully...
Three movies have given us a lot of beloved characters to take care of, but Cooley makes sure the spotlight is shared around evenly and everybody gets their turn to shine.
The new voice cast are superbly chosen...
Particularly excellent are Keanu Reeves' troubled Canadian stuntman Duke Caboom, Key and Peele's madcap Duckie and Bunny and Christina Hendricks, who plays the chilling Gaby Gaby.
If it's the end, it's a wonderful one. But it may not be...
Tom Hanks has said he believes this is the end of the road for the characters, but producers have been open to more. For us, if this is the last we see of the characters, then it's a delightful way to go out. But, truthfully, we hope this isn't the end.
Toy Story 4 is in cinemas from today (June 21st) and will be released on DVD later this year.