Toy Story 3
Reviewed by Candace, age 18, California
My friends and I started a tradition to see at least one PG rated movie each summer. We do this because we'll all be going to college in the fall and we want to hold onto our memories and not grow up too fast.
Toy Story 3 opens with Andy packing before he leaves for college. All of the toys, especially Woody, are devastated because they know their time with Andy is over since they can't come with him to college. They're supposed to be put in the attic, but a mistake causes them to wind up in the trash. They escape and accidentally end up at a day care center. The day care center seems like the perfect place for toys, but no matter how enjoyable it may be, Woody is determined to show the toys that their home is with Andy.
Toy Story 3 explores the fate that happens to teenagers when they are grappling with the situation of going from childhood to adulthood. The plot contains all the elements I believe a movie should have. The characters are always in jeopardy, and once they manage to defeat one conflict they have a new problem to solve. Besides the cast of familiar characters there are some new ones as well: Barbie Ken, a zombie baby, a monkey, and a Strawberry Bear.
The ending is dramatic and fitting for the plot. My friend got teary eyed and I even got a little choked up. This says something for a movie. To be frank, Toy Story 3 was better than I expected.
About eleven years ago, the sequel came out and I crossed my fingers, hoping that it wouldn't disappoint me. It didn't, which surprised me because one trend I've noticed is that sequels in movies and books are usually not as good as their predecessors. Although I do think the drama on screen may be a little frightening for younger children, I believe Toy Story 3 deserves five stars (of a possible 5).