Lightyear movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES LIGHTYEAR BLEND TOY STORY MORALS WITH ANIMATED SUPERHERO ACTION?
Kind of?… But the fact that this was Toy Story’s. Andy’s favourite movie is a little staggering. Lightyear can sometimes be funny and entertaining, but woke, dumb and restlessly boring at times.
Spending several years trying to return home, legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear and his recruits must work as a team whilst under the threat of the evil robot army of Zurg.
Director: Angus MacLane
Cast: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Uzo Aduba
Writer: Jason Headley, Angus MacLane
Release Date (Australia): 16 June 2022
Runtime: 100 minutes/1h 40m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film contains science fiction themes, sense of peril and threat throughout, and action sequences that feature fantasy creatures.
The film contains sequences of science fiction violence in the form of the use of fantasy weapons and depictions of characters being attacked by large fantasy creatures.
PG (for action/peril)
Aussie boy's thoughts
If you can get over Evans’ voice rather than Allen’s, the boringness of the second and third acts, the woke aspect, and the incredibly bland story, it might be somewhat enjoyable for you. The idea of having an origin story to Toy Story’s beloved Buzz Lightyear, but the science fiction adventure story is so unoriginal and both children and adults will find themselves restlessly fidgeting in their seats. How can you avoid this? By just not seeing it.
The beginning of the film makes it clear that this is the favourite film of Andy from Toy Story, leading him to excitedly receive the Buzz Lightyear toy as a birthday present. It was a pretty cool statement to make at the beginning of the film, but how can Andy’s favourite movie produce a borefest with dull action and a sci-fi tale kids will without a doubt find boring. Don’t make a big character’s origin story if it’s gonna just be lame and uninteresting.
Unfortunately, the fact that Lightyear is a highly boring movie with no signs of intelligent life anywhere isn’t the only flaw. There are multiple plot holes throughout this movie, some only bigger when you connect them with the Toy Story movies. Chris Evans’ voice performance will never beat Tim Allen’s and it tries to cram unnecessary political messages in to top it up. The only good things about this film are some of the jokes and the animation work.
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