I would have had a review up for this a while ago, but that whole Covid thing managed to knock my entire family out of commission for a few weeks. During this time, the reviews about Pixar’s return to the cinema have certainly been mixed, so I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I saw it with my eldest son. When I come to evaluate what is essentially a film for children, things get a bit difficult for me. There aren’t many situations where I’d seek something like this out. So I try to take it from the target audience’s perspective. Would the film keep my son’s interest (which isn’t an easy feat)?
‘Lightyear’ was full of heart and uplifted the people in our theater in a way only Pixar can. The animation was, of course, crisp (which is to be expected). I thought that both Chris Evans and Keke Palmer did a fine job playing their respective roles. Evans is not Tim Allen, who, of course, is Buzz’s OG voice, but we are talking about Apples and Oranges here. This is a different tale. This is one about both the origins of this iconic toy and forgiveness, which packs a great message for kids. The film maintains some elements that we expected but manages to have just enough twists to keep my son intrigued until the end.
While some might want to pick it apart because of its very loose ties to ‘Toy Story,’ remember that this wasn’t even on the table when that came out. They are working backward here, and the final product is more than worth your time this summer.