#12- Toy Story 3
Suggested by Sweeneyville editor-in-chief, ME
You know, I wasn't always the refined, classically-trained writing machine you have come to know and worship, I mean, admire. No, I started out small. I paid my dues, did my time. It all started when I was 10 and wrote for my elementary school newspaper, "The Wedgie." My expose on field-day sexism really put me on the map and by the time I got to middle school, I was publishing a monthly column called "Under the Bus." I called it this not because I was finding out sordid information on fellow students and ratting them out, but because I would actually crawl under a school bus and see what it looked like. You would be shocked at some of the things that get caught up in there! Anyway, I continued to write all through high school and college and almost three years ago began Sweeneyville. So what's next for me? What bigger fish are there to fry? Not really sure yet, but I'm hoping it involves lots of waffles.
Toy Story 3
Deductions: plot and script de ja vu, another conveyor belt of doom? (complete with daring last-minute rescue of the bad guy)
Bonus Points: Latin lover Buzz, nice ascot!, movie trilogy rides off happily into the sunset
Verdict: Having seen the first two installments of this movie franchise, it was inevitable that me and the kids would want to see the final chapter. So this past Friday night we redboxed it and gave it a little look-see. I'm not gonna lie, and this is hard to say, but this movie kinda bored me to death. I really, really, wanted to just love this movie. I love Toy Story and I really enjoyed Toy Story 2. Both are excellent movies, but a third installment was just a little too much for me. It's not like I hated the movie, it's just the entire plot, some of the jokes, and some of the dialogue all felt a little too familiar to me (i.e. "What matters is that we're there when Andy need us" and the one toy you think you can trust actually turns out to be evil! No way.) Don't get me wrong, it had some very funny moments. Some of the toy jokes and characters were pretty darn funny. Barbie and Ken together were hysterical. I think you could almost make a little movie of just them. (I loved the part at the beginning when they call Ken down from the dream house and he takes the little elevator on the side. Classic.) Anyway, I still think everyone should see this movie. After all, we need some closure for our relationship with Woody, Buzz and the whole gang after all these years. But technically speaking, you could just watch the last 10 minutes for that :)