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Higgins’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
There’s something sweet and perfectly on the nose about giving Woody the stage to walk off into the sunset.
Up to this point the Toy Story films have been pretty clear with their messages. This last installment is a bit more ambiguous. Sure there are several familiar beats of friendship and loyalty here. There are also many other notions floating in the ether as well. The idea of selfishness versus fulfillment. The comforting idea that a lost toy chooses it’s fate and is living its dream. The idea that disappointment is part of the journey, but given the right mindset, is just a necessary step to happiness.
Pixar is the master of the message but this film’s subtle touch sepetates it from its predecessors, resulting in a unnecessary film that might be the best of its lot. It needs the previous three to exist but who would have guessed that Pixar could have pulled this rabbit out of it’s hat?...well anyone who’s ever seen a Pixar movie I guess.