3/10 An obvious cash grab to cash in on well known intellectual property, “Lightyear” has been a box office failure for Disney/Pixar and after unfortunately viewing it, I can easily see why. Before I get to the reasons that Pixar is now beginning to put out more bad movies (“Turning Red”) than good ones (“Soul”), I will start off with the positive aspects of this movie. As per the usual for Disney/Pixar movies, the visuals are fantastic with some beautiful shots and great cinematography, especially when it comes to some of the outer space moments. Most of the voice cast is solid (we will get to the problems with the voice cast later) and this has a good amount of action, which most Pixar films lack, so seeing it here is a welcome addition. Even though the score isn’t memorable, it works in the moment and fits the themes/action well. Those positives aside, this movie feels more like it is pushing a radical, far left agenda while trying to cash in on the “Toy Story” name, without the high quality that every “Toy Story” film has previous exhibited. While we don’t need a “Toy Story 5” (we didn’t need a fourth one), I would have rather seen a fifth film in the franchise with all of those lovable characters then get a spinoff that absolutely no one asked for. I could care less about LGBT content in adult films as I thought that both “Brokeback Mountain” and “Moonlight” were both great films but none of this content belongs in children’s movies. As opposed to “Onward” where we get a super subtle reference to a character being a lesbian, “Lightyear” shoves it into our face here, which was pretty cringe worthy and inappropriate. Children don’t need to see sexuality of any kind, straight or otherwise. Yet if you have followed some of the leaked Zoom meetings between Disney/Pixar employees, you will know that Disney cares more about pushing a far left agenda (trying to make 50% of their content for kids have LGBT characters, which is VASTLY over representing their percentage of the population) than greenlighting solid scripts with strong, emotional stories and likeable characters. Woke, politically correct nonsense aside, the script/story both fail to inspire here and end up being the movie’s greatest downfall. The overall plot is too complicated for children and simultaneously too uninteresting for adults, satisfying no one. There are so many individual moments that just make zero sense. The space suits that our characters wear have shields that pop up over them, sometimes to protect them from enemy fire and other times to render them invisible. When we get a glimpse of this in the movie’s opening, the shields last about ten seconds. Later on in the movie they probably last closer to one minute. The consistency was nonexistent but either way, why would you make a shield that lasts for such a short amount of time? You could argue that their batteries were running low but then why wouldn’t they fully charge them before going out on a mission? The robot cat character known as SOX, which only exists as a merchandising tool to sell toys in real life, acts as both an ex machina to save characters at the last second and is used for exposition. SOX is equipped with so many tools that you would never equip a robotic cat with, but they force these magical tools into SOX because the script requires characters to get out of certain dangerous situations. Similarly, one character’s suit is equipped with a pen, which makes no sense until a character needs a pen like object for a moment later on in the movie. This is all lazy screenwriting that makes no practical sense but only serves as a “get out of jail free” card for the screenwriters. Some bad guys also want to come take SOX away from Buzz Lightyear and even though he is gone for years at a time, they wait until he is back to come take SOX away just so the script can allow Buzz and SOX to escape. Speaking of Buzz, Tim Allen gets replaced by the generally smug Chris Evans in a total downgrade for the character. While the movie tries to explain that “Lightyear” is the movie that Andy from “Toy Story” saw as a kid which inspired him to buy the Buzz Lightyear toy, it would still have made more sense for Tim Allen to voice him in this fictional movie, as well as the toy. You wouldn’t have Robin Williams voice the Genie in “Aladdin” and then make every Genie toy with the voice of Danny DeVito. That kind of marketing makes no sense. This was purely a political move on behalf of Disney since Allen doesn’t toe the party line, whereas Evans shills hard for his side. All in all, the pacing felt slow and I wasn’t invested in what was happening at all. Kids shouldn’t be subjected to this movie but neither should adults since Pixar has decided to swap out quality entertainment for soulless, woke cash grabs. Hopefully the poor box office for the movie will teach Disney/Pixar a lesson, but something tells me that I doubt they will learn from their mistakes.

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