Top positive review
Wonderful, except for the ending
June 23, 2019
The film opens with Bonnie, the lucky little girl who inherited Andy's toys, nervously getting ready for orientation at her first day in kindergarten. Woody's (Tom Hanks) not being played with very much anymore, but he clearly sees her apprehension. He decides to stowaway in her backpack to keep an eye on her. Once at school, Bonnie is uneasy in the unfamiliar environment. When she attempts to make a friend and is promptly rebuffed, Woody springs into action. He rifles through a nearby wastepaper basket and quickly fishes out a spork and some crafting supplies. He tosses the items in front of Bonnie while she's distracted, and then dives out of sight and into her backpack. Bonnie suddenly notices the supplies and creates Forky (Tony Hale), complete with mismatched eyes, a red unibrow, blue mouth, pipe cleaner arms and popsicle sticks for feet attached to play-doh or quite possibly discarded gum. Woody is instantly relieved when he sees that Bonnie's mood turns around by the creation of Forky.
When her parents inform her that they're going on a road trip, Bonnie decides to bring every single one of the toys along for the ride in their RV. In the meantime, Woody immediately takes Forky under his wing. He spends much of his time trying to keep his new friend from tossing himself into garbage cans. The spork declares himself trash and calmly explains to Woody that the cans make him feel safe and warm. The lovable cowboy tries to extol the importance of being a child's toy and that Forky is a toy, just like the rest of them. When the friends are separated from the rest of the group during the trip, they forge a friendship that neither one expected.
Great performances by Christina Hendricks (Gabby Gabby), Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom) Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (Ducky and Bunny), as well as the old familiar friends, Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Joan Cusack (Jessie), Wallace Shawn (Rex), John Ratzenberger (Hamm), and Estelle Harris (Mrs. Potato Head). It's a rich, deep story, one filled with metaphors that will go over a child's head, but as an adult, you'll notice them and understand. Without spoiling anything, my heart literally sank at the ending, completely out of left field, of what has been ingrained in our minds all of these years. Some people will disagree, and some won't. Worth a watch regardless.