I saw it yesterday, and I have to say that this is the best movie I have seen this year. It's a deeper, more human drama than anything released so far and it's a far better heist film than the A-Team. I would say that it is arguably better than the previous two films, simply because it's willing to tap even deeper into the psychological experience of grief, betrayal, and friendship. And it raises the stakes for all the toys, touching on what happens when a toy is replaced as well as facing the risk of a horrible end together.
Despite all that serious stuff, it's very funny and full of adventure. Some great new characters include a Ken doll who falls hard for Barbie (natch!) and is something of a clothes horse himself. And a hedgehog toy who considers himself a master thespian.
And then, there is the end... oh my god, I haven't wept so much for so long at a film since I saw E.T..
If you plan to see it, two suggestions:
- 3-d adds nothing really to this movie. Save some cash and see it in 2-d. * The exception is the cartoon short before the movie starts. It is an incredible six minute piece of creative 3-d animation. However some guys may want to see it in 3-d since the glasses will make it less obvious how much they are sobbing at the end.
- Young kids who scare easily may find the end too intense. Use your own judgement