Toy Story 4 is not a children’s movie. It has an appeal to children, but the story line and themes are for adults.
The best things in life come at a cost, and unlike Captain Marvel (or even Captain America), we only get one life to live spend on them. When Dr. Strange held one finger up to Tony signifying the 1:14,000,000 scenario of this battle ending in victory, it was significant because it meant Tony had to lose.
The climax of the movie is early, and it is the best ten minutes had in a movie theater this year. The Shallow performance was used as a marketing tool, a trailer, a hit song, and more than anything, it is the thesis for the movie. It is the axis by which this movie turns, and Cooper’s visual language shows us that Jackson Maine gladly descends into the background as Ally ascends to center stage. Both are fulfilled by each other and the roles they play in each other’s lives.
I remember sitting on the edge of my sitting having to remind myself to breathe. The climatic scene of the Joker holding a city hostage by booby trapping the bridges and ferries built to a stunning anticlimax. Out loud, I leaned back in my chair with a big sigh said, "what the hell?" Why was I so disappointed? I was disappointed because Christopher Nolan led the audience to an inevitable climax, and then he didn't pay it off. The Dark Knight is a top ten movie for me, but it's not a great movie. It's a very good movie with significant flaws. Let's discuss.
The movie's title is another ironic play, this time on the title of Walt Disney's planned city in Central Florida. It was to be an urban utopia where housing, work, play, and transportation were all provided. It was to be called EPCOT, but it's code name was The Florida Project. Instead of that, Sean Baker is saying The Florida Project is Disney's legacy instead.