Lightyear - Review
To Infinity… 4 / 5
Released in UK Cinemas: 17th June 2022
Directed by Angus MacLane.
Legendary Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion Sox.
It's easy to see that Lightyear is a Hollywood attempt to squeeze any final life signs from the Toy Story franchise, banking on your nostalgia and repackaging it with recognisable faces, colourful merchandise-ready characters, and dialogue filled with callbacks. But I am a corporate shill so I was there on opening night, pointing at the screen whenever he said "Buzz Lightyear Mission Log."
Pixar's main competitor is Pixar - where this is a pretty solid animated film, it fails to stand up to Pixar's own high standards which only brings more attention to the reason behind this film's existence. It follows a standard space action formula but is missing that spice that makes the studio's film so effective and timeless.
That being said outside of comparisons, there aren't many faults. There's a montage that gives the opening of Up a run for its money, the animation is expectedly gorgeous and despite forgettable characters, there are some captivating moments.
In a meta backward way, this is supposedly the film that created the toy that Andy wanted so bad which kicked off the Toy Story franchise but I refuse to believe that a child would come out of this film and want a Buzz Lightyear action figure over a Sox plush - who I would obviously give my life to protect.