Tom Hanks (cowboy), Tim Allen (spaceman), Michael Keaton (Ken doll), Pixels (everywhere)
What's it about?
The third and probably final part in the Toy Story franchise. Several years have passed and the little boy Andy has turned into a college age adolescent with a deeper voice and a hairier chin. This means he no longer needs his once beloved toys.
Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen) and the rest of the gang are accidentally sent off to a pre-school, which seems like a terrible thing. However, they realise this could be the chance for a new lease of life as the playthings of a new generation of lovely young children, because toys want nothing more than to be played with by kids - but not in a horrible, creepy way. However, they are instead consigned to the pre-pre-school, where toddlers stick them up their noses and generally treat them in utterly degrading ways. This is terrible. They must escape. They must somehow get back to Andy.
What's good about it?
It's notoriously difficult go get the third part of a trilogy right. Star Wars messed everything up with Ewoks. Alien 3 messed everything up by being totally boring. Scream 3 forgot to be funny or scary. Godfather Part 3 was utterly blah. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King was fantastic, but could have lost about seven of its 16 endings. Toy Story 3 is quite possibly unique in the history of cinema in that it is a trilogy closer every bit as good as, if not better than, the two classics that came before it.
All the humour of the previous movies is in tact, and the creativity of the Pixar team continues to make almost everyone else in Hollywood seem a bit lazy and unimaginative. High points include a pre-school breakout that apes The Great Escape - a trick tried countless times before but freshened here with inspired visual gags, including Mr Potato Head transposed to a far less appropriate body – and the introduction of a Ken doll (voiced by Michael Keaton) with the style of a '70s playboy and the enthusiastic stupidity of a 7-month-old labrador.
The first Toy Story came out back in 1995, so, if you were old enough to see the first movie in cinemas, you might consider yourself now a bit grown up for cartoons these days. But this is the wittiest, smartest comedy of 2010, and a perfect closer to a series that's never put a foot wrong. You might even cry during the masterful closing scenes - but we won't tell anyone.
What's bad about it?
Nothing. Stop being so bloody negative. It's ace.
Totally wonderful. If you don't enjoy this then you're almost definitely evil.