Lightyear (2022)

Remember Buzz Lightyear? Remember everything fun about the character? Good. Just hold on to that. Hold it tightly and never let it go. Today we’re looking at the new film from Disney Pixar

The film opens with an explanation of the concept itself in the form of a framing device cue card – essentially the toy that Andy receives in Toy Story is from the film you are about to watch.

It’s an interesting concept but not one i believe younger audiences will be able to grasp right away. And with that idea audiences are already on the backfoot and as we soon find out the concept doesn’t but really offer much insight or world building. The optimistic audience members would suggest this is an opportunity to tell a wider story however the more sceptical among us would suggest this is Disney Pixar milking this particular cow.

And that is very much the feeling throughout. Why are we here? To sell toys? To make money?

Lightyear offers nothing new for the much loved character. It doesn’t add a new insight to the Buzz Lightyear character from Toy Story by way of influence from this iteration. Given that this is, in theory, the basis for that character we should see some sort of natural progression in any aspect other than name alone. He’s brave. Will that do?

What this film does do is lean heavily on lines and sequences from the Toy Story films, which in this context don’t make a great deal of sense and seem forced for the sake of nostalgia.

If there is any positive points here it’s that there is an element of Ace Rimmer (Red Dwarf) on display in this iteration of the character, but without the charm and full of self doubt and failings. Coupled with the sci fi premises at work in the plot here it could be said that there was at least an influence on the script at some level.

The voice acting (Chris Evans, Keke Palmer and Taika Waititi primarily) is of good quality but the mediocre action on screen takes the wind out the sails.

This outing felt like a waste of time and a big budget ($200 Million) misstep for the studios.

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