Pixar's Lightyear Is… (REVIEW)
My name is chris. I just got done watching pixars light year and, with light year, were getting the movie that andy first saw that made him want to go out and buy the buzz lightyear toy weve grown to love in toy story bringing to life the origin story of buzz lightyear Himself and thats all pretty much it without giving me spoilers. So you guys this is a spoiler free review. Now i remember a couple years back when disney announced they would be making a solo buzz, lightyear movie titled light year and my head exploded. I was so down for the idea, not only because i love toy story, but i grew up watching that animated buzz lightyear show – and i have so many fond memories of that. So i thought it was a brilliant idea to go ahead and actually do that in pixar animated form, even if it wouldnt be an exact translation from that animated series. We were watching so it was quickly one of my most anticipated movies of the year and now having walked out of it. I adore this little movie. I think theres gon na be a lot to love all around for light year on the toy story side of things. This movie has like so many easter eggs to that franchise stuff that we would see buzz lightyear say in the toy story series that is now put kind of into context. With this solo movie, i was surprised how many times throughout the movie id be like.
Oh, my god, i remember that, but also light year in a way is kind of an homage to like these 70 80 sci fi movies, theres a lot in here where they poke fun at stuff like star trek and especially star wars. I cannot tell you how many shots in this movie feel like recreated scenes from the star wars franchise, but even with those homages and them trying to recreate stuff, like that. Lightyear very much feels like its own sci fi world thats, where i want to give huge props to director angus mclean. I watched this like 30 minute documentary on disney plus, where they talk about the making of this movie, and it was kind of interesting to find out that the director of the film is actually someone whos been animating buzz lightyear all the way to the very first Toy story movie, in fact they say in the documentary every time. Other animators would be animating buzz lightyear. They would go to this animator and be like hey. What would buzz lightyear do in this situation? What would his facial expression look like? What would his hand movements be because he was like the go to guy for animating buzz and now its kind of cool that all these years later, an animator was handed the keys to direct the buzz lightyear solo movie and i think its because they got someone Who was literally there for buzz, since he was created that you see just so much attention to detail in this film like really take a second when youre watching light year and look at the world theyve built like look at the gadgets, all the little nicks and Crannies in his suit the way the tech works.
I was watching this movie before that documentary going like man. They really paid a lot of attention to the detail in here, and that only makes the film that much more immersive but its also just an achievement, because i think nowadays, its hard to be creative with your sci fi technology. A lot of these sci fi movies feel the same or like they have the same tech to show off now when it comes to buzz lightyear himself, chris evans knocks it out of the park. Okay, i know there was people a little upset that they didnt bring back tim allen and dont. Get me wrong. I think tim allen is great as the voice of buzz lightyear, but i was totally fine and understanding with them. Getting someone different as this would be a different characterization of the character of buzz and just really like three minutes into the movie hearing. Chris evans version of buzz lightyear youll, honestly, not even realize or be thinking about this isnt tim allens voice. This isnt, the buzz lightyear thats, familiar to me. Another character that stood out to me through this movie that i was honestly shocked by was sox. The cat. I was seeing so much love and praise for socks. The cat out of people who have already seen this movie and every time i saw that praise and hype and love for the character. I just remember thinking you know in the trailers that was like the only annoying part to me.
It just seemed like an obvious comedic relief that i wasnt gon na love that much in the movie, but now ive seen the film and yo team sucks all the way. This little freaking cat steals the show is so funny. I went from not giving a crap about this cat before the movie to now as im watching it going sucks the cat better, not die man. I will lose my lid another thing here with lightyear that i think some people might be taken aback by is the way the story plays out, because if youve seen the trailers, you know buzz lightyear kind of has a little bit of a time jump. He ends up becoming a man out of time, not recognizing the world hes in and the trailers give it off one way and then in the movie it plays out completely different and its kind of much better. It becomes such a tragic part of the buzz lightyear story and its honestly so heartbreaking to see its some of those classic pixarisms that just pull out your heartstring and, i think, always work well with this company, because there are a little bit of darker tones in Here now, im not going to say so dark that you cant take your kids to but its just the stuff. I love to see in a pixar movie the dilemma that buzz lightyear goes through from the beginning of the movie, to the end, where hes going through this character, growth and hes finding himself.
All of that i found so profound – and i was completely invested in because the movie does take some twists and turns a lot of us think we know the buzz lightyear lore, based off what weve seen on toy story and the little hints that theyve given us Im just gon na tell you right now, whatever you have in mind from that star command animated series, or even what toy story has given us in hints, i think its better. If you just erase all that out of your mind, dont hold it too tightly and get ready for some new lore, because i could see some people being kind of upset or disappointed with the twists and turns this movie takes and the way they established. This version of buzz and how his character needed to grow. I really ended up liking the way the story went, so i think it would have been so easy to just tell us a random space mission where theres already a crew of a hundred different space rangers. We just follow buzzs exact team and go from there and its not really that at all. Also, it sucks that i have to bring this up in a movie, but i know theres people who care and want to know about it. Yes, you probably have been seeing the headlines that theres a same sex kiss in light year im a person who hopes that we get to a point one day where we dont need to make headlines out of that.
And it just becomes a normal thing that we dont have to be like. Oh no, this is a kids movie im, not taking my children, the film handles it so tastefully and natural that i didnt see any kid in my public screening of light, your go mom. What was that like thats? What some people honestly think is gon na happen and the parents are gon na, be like? Oh, how do i explain this to my child? I dont know no. The scene happened it fit into the movie, it didnt feel forced, but with that now said, i do want to get in some things that im kind of mixed to like negative on for one. As the movie was going on, i started to notice things that werent, really particular or known for in the pixar world, and what i mean by this is that this film very much felt like it was being built like a franchise. Now i know pixar does sequels in the past, but i never really got the feeling, while watching one of their pixar movies, that they were setting things up for another film and with lightyear. I picked it up so many times throughout this movie that im like yeah, you can tell thats something theyre gon na upgrade to on the next movie, or you can tell thats something thatll be a big thing in the next film and without any spoilers. This movie has three three post credits scenes, one that happens early on in the credits and then two at the very end.
Its gon na feel like im lying to you. But there are two at the very end, and this is why im saying im kind of mixed on this because im not against more light year, movies. Okay, i actually want a lot more of these films, because this world is awesome. It was so amazing. Those last like 20 minutes of this movie and seeing buzz lightyear, sweat, get bruises start bleeding things that we never saw with the toy version of buzz cause hes a toy, but man are the visuals in this film. Just so breathtaking like it is one of the most beautiful pixar movies ever made. I highly recommend watching it at imax or like the biggest screen you can, but it was because of them trying to set up this whole franchise or a sequel that the finale kind of felt a little rushed like it. Just kind of ended. It felt like there could have been a little bit more of a satisfying climax or there was more to the story to be told, but its not until you get to the post credit that youre, like oh okay, so theyre trying to do a sequel here and Theyll explain more then. I also think the sequel will kind of be the thing people wanted out of this movie, because, while some people might have hoped that this would have been like a space ranger mission, with buzz in the suit and other comrades of the same abilities working together, thats.
Something it looks more like theyre gon na do for the next movie, while this one was more setting up, why buzz is buzz. But again that was like my only gripe with the movie. Usually pixar is very good at their standalone. One story when this was the first time i was like oh theyre, clearly setting up something more so for lightyear. Im gon na give action three and a half stars there isnt really that much action until the ending of the movie, where you get to that big battle with zerg. The movie is very story and character driven, but nonetheless, when those action scenes do happen, they look amazing comedy in the movie ima, give it three and a half stars. A lot of that is because of socks. I just found that cat absolutely funny hilarious, likeable lovable pixar did it again and im gon na buy me some socks, merch drama in the movie ima, give it four stars: pixar knows how to tell a story, but this specific one character, driven with buzz lightyear and The dilemmas and growth he goes through in this movie – i just really connected to – i didnt, see at all where they were gon na, take this story and then once it started to unravel, i was like man. This is. This is really interesting heart in the movie im gon na give no stars to its pixar movie, family friendly, theres, dark themes in here, but nothing really visually horrifying and suspense.
The movie im gon na give it three stars towards the end of the movie. You do feel a lot more suspense when the mission has come to its like big climax, but again the finale is just kind of so short. You dont really get to have that much suspense in those moments. Casual fans imma give it an a plus cinephiles im. Gon na give it an a minus and critically im going to give it a b plus for light year. I think this is for sure one you add to your collection at home, thats a keeper. I really im going to be curious to hear your guyss reaction to light year because some of those story points i can see fans getting kind of not upset, but going a little like. Oh this, this isnt. What i expected, i dont think this is the movie. I wanted to see its very much about buzz, lightyear and his growth, and i think a lot of stuff youll want to see theyre gon na try to do in a sequel. Dont be forget to hit that like button subscribe.