Sunday, June 20, 2010

It's all about the story.

You can have GREAT characters.

You can have a KILLER scene.

You can have GORGEOUS scenery.

But it's NOTHING without a story. And yes, I'm looking at YOU George Lucas and that abysmal movie called "The Phantom Menace."

Why do I bring this up?

Well, for Father's Day, my children took me to see "Toy Story 3."

I can't tell you how many times I saw both "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." My kids grew up with them....and loved to watched them over and over again.

And I'll tell you a little secret. So did I.

"Toy Story 2" followed a long line of what I call the 'Golden Sequels:'

"The Empire Strikes Back," is one. "Godfather 2" is another.

But see, both the Star Wars and Godfather franchises fell down with #3.

"The Return of the Jedi" was a teddy-bear nightmare. And Sophia Coppola single-handedly ruined the Godfather series forever.

And don't get me freakin' started on the Star Wars prequels.

So it was with some trepidation that I went into the theatre for "Toy Story 3."

My children are older now (fourteen and ten respectively). But they were really excited so I held my misgivings in check. After all, Pixer is an unbelievably 10-0 on wonderful stories.

Hell, "The Incredibles" is still one of my all time favorite flicks.

The lights went down, and the story began. Andy, it seems is a couple days away from heading off to college and he has to decide what to do with his old toys. Take them with him? Store them in the attic? Throw them away?

I won't give any more away...but I will tell you that the story was wonderful.

As for my misgivings?

Well, my guess is very shortly you'll hear that Pixar is 11-0.

Andy, age seventeen, has a decision to make.


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