Deathy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Score : 8.2/10 ✅
-Beep-boop, beep-boop, beep-boop
I’m willing to accept a lot of things regarding Lightyear; that we didn’t ask for it for instance, or that it could be considered as the least profound Pixar movie in years, but I’m having a hard time processing how Lightyear couldn’t perceive as fun because if there’s something Lightyear succeeded at, is being inoffensively enjoyable.
Of course, I was hype for this film, I’m a huge fan of the Toy Story movies. Every one of them has a special place in my heart and I’ve come to the conclusion that Buzz Lightyear is a character that grew on me over the years. When I was young, Woody was my favourite Toy Story character, to a point where I related to him very much. His determination, loyalty and stubbornness were his greatest assets (or at times, nemesis). Strangely enough, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate more and more Buzz Lightyear, not only due to his courage and the fact that he became this respected character among the other toys (over the course of 4 films), but because he had the same character traits as Woody, but I would say a bit more composed and considerate, which then relate more to me as I was getting older. Thankfully, these same traits (determination, loyalty and stubbornness) are back again here in Lightyear, and they are put to the test, and for real this time.
Anyhow, if there’s something that is incontestable is how the animation is gorgeous, everything was beautifully animated and realistically stunning. Let’s be real one second, almost all of the best moments of the film come from Sox, the best personal companion robot ever created in an animation film (well, since Ron’s Gone Wrong to be fair). He is the true MVP of the film and every scene where he’s in it made me laugh hysterically.
Lightyear is a wonderful return to simplicity, just enough action sequences, sci-fi elements and comedic atmosphere to occupy our mature brains and more than enough to envelop the younger ones with pure joy and escapism.