Friday, June 17, 2022

Disney • Pixar’s Lightyear Movie Review - “A Buzz Kill”

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Score: 2 out of 5
Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 45min

Lightyear arrives in theaters nationwide today, 6/17! See it for yourself. 

My family and I were so excited to see the Disney•Pixar’s Lightyear film. Sometimes, the anticipation of the movie can build it up and lead to a let down if the movie doesn’t in fact live up to the hype. But, that wasn’t even the case here. This movie is not out of this world, it’s a buzz kill! I left with no happy emotions, it was depressing.

This sci-fi action adventure and origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, “Lightyear” follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. 

In 1995, Andy gets a “toy” Lightyear that is supposed to represent his favorite movie…let that sink in for a minute, this is that movie! Hmmm…it makes me wonder why Andy didn’t get a toy cat named Sox?!?

Buzz feels guilty for a mistake he made in the mission and spends the next 60+ years trying to rectify it. Tom Cruise pulled off a similar hot-dogging piloting maneuver in the recent Top Gun: Maverick movie with much success, it all felt eerily familiar. Except, Buzz didn’t make it and damaged the fuel cell in the process leaving the crew stranded on a remote planet. He then attempts to reach hyper speed to be able to take the crew back home and discovers that after his first failed attempt it was only minutes for him, but for everyone else on the planet, years had gone by. He is greeted with a robotic companion cat named Sox. Sox is adorable and you’ll grow to love this cat as the film continues on. It was really the main highlight. To make matters worse, however, things keep changing after the continued hyper speed attempts and Zurg arrives on the scene. We’ve seen this storyline before, a group of unlikely characters with a lack of skillset get paired with Buzz, it is a very odd combo for a kids movie too.

At some point, I expected to see the green alien guys have a cameo, but nope…another disappointing piece of nostalgia we were all longing for. The film concludes on a melancholy note and I certainly think the directors left room for a sequel. Maybe an additional film is needed to perk me back up!

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