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Toy Story 3 (2010)
A Review by Ben Hunter
5 Out of 5 Stars

Before I begin, let me just say this, Toy Story 3, Hands down, my most favorite movie of the year!!

Going into this film one wouldn't expect it to blow you away, in the way it does all its viewers. You're sitting there thinking, "Okay this should a cute little fun movie. Nothing to shake a stick at, nothing serious. But a good movie nonetheless." Boy will you be wrong!

Pixar truly deserves to be put on a pedal-stool and praised for their top of the line quality filmmaking. Their stories are solid. They take a couple years just to plan out the story line, before they even start to animate. A good story will triumph any cool special effect or what not. This is a perfect example of such. A good story will get people on board and support your film, regardless of how good the quality of the picture or sound may be. 

I don't want to give away the story but all the points were well aligned in this story. We see their importance to Andy and how he really feels about them. How they all end up in a new location and how they react with the new toys there. How a new character plays an importance later in the film and how they're perfectly introduced in the middle of the film, to the sentimental ending. 

I just kept telling myself, "they couldn't have ended this any more perfectly". And I truly mean every bit of the word "perfect". Pixar couldn't have ended this saga any better! It's so sentimental, it leaves you feeling good about the characters, knowing everyone will be okay. I fell in love with this movie. My number one picks of the year always blow me away and get me on the band wagon in support of the film, it was clear this was going to be that movie this year, just like Inglourious Basterds was last year. A good story will do this to people. Which is why the concept of story should be highly focused on in film schools. Develop storytellers first. Once anyone in cinema gets a hold of the concept everything else in their career will be that much better, because they understand what's going on.

Any and everyone can see this film. It's perfectly marketable for anyone of all ages. Which is another reason why my hats off to Pixar. They make family movies, everyone in the family can partake. 

No other film I've seen can touch this movie. There are some good movies this year but nothing surpasses Toy Story 3 simply because they don't move you as powerfully as this one. 

Toy Story 3, hands down, my most favorite movie of the year!!

Toy Story 3
Family, 103 Minutes, G
Written by: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, and Michael Arndt
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Jodi Benson, Emily Hahn, Laure Metcalf, Blake Clark, Teddy Newton

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