‘Lightyear’ – A good Sci-Fi Film But Have Its Flaws

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Lightyear was one of my anticipated films from Pixar, especially as a long time Toy Story fan. This film just delivers as a complete package on what makes a sci-fi film. Even though I left the film with excitement and a smile on my face, is it one of Pixar’s best? Read and find out.

Lightyear follows the origin of story of Buzz Lightyear, the Space Ranger that inspired the toy in Toy Story. After being stranded on a hostile planet with his commander and crew, also light-years away from earth, Buzz is trying to find a way back home. As Buzz doesn’t give up going through time and space, he joins a a group of recruits and his companion bot Sox. While things gets complicated on Buzz’s mission, he has to deal with the arrival of Zurg and take him down to stop his agenda.

Regarding the the writing of the film, was it one of the best Pixar has delivered? No, but it’s a very straight forward and to the point, so it’s just fine. I thought some character developments were done amazingly, while others are a bit lack luster. Having Buzz be in a crew with Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel compliments each other well, but sometimes when they’re not with Buzz, characters like Mo Morrison and Darby Steel starts to feel like an afterthought. Also, I thought I would hate Sox, but he was my favorite character in the film.

What really made me enjoy the film is the references and dialogues used in the movie because if you’re a Toy Story fan, you’ll notice things easily. Right off the jump you get a reference from the first Toy Story and I almost lost it in the theater. Stuff like that was a treat to see in Lightyear. One thing that caught me off guard was a twist in the film, and as someone who watched Toy Story 2 many times, I wondered how they would pull it off, and I was surprised.

Lightyear might not be the strongest written film from Pixar, but it’s hard to hate it. Also, definitely a fan of all the nostalgia references that was put in the movie. If there’s anything that I do want after watching Lightyear is a spin-off series with how it ended, something like Buzz Lightyear of Star Command to be exact.

I’ll only will be talking about the main characters of the film since they’re more prominent in Lightyear, than the ones who were just in temporarily.

Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear is just fantastic casting! I was amazed how well he can capture Tim Allen, while also making it his own role. Plus, he played Steve Rogers in the MCU, so it’s not too far off from that.

I loved was Keke Palmer as Izzy Hawthorne. She really did well playing someone who’s trying to fill in her mother’s shoes. She’s the heart of the movie.

I enjoyed the comedic timing of Peter Sohn as Sox. Again, I didn’t know I would like the character that much, but I was sold. That’s a testament on a good job Dale did in the movie.

As much as I love Taika Waititi, this wasn’t one of my favorite performances he’s done. Taika as Mo Morrison was just him doing Taika stuff, which he does often in the roles he play. Sometimes it works, but for Lightyear, I wasn’t a fan.

I think Dale Soules as Darby Steel could’ve done more if the character was written better. Not saying she was bad in her role, but she felt more like an afterthought because of how the story was done.

I wished Uzo Aduba as Alisha Hawthorne and James Brolin as Zurg were used more in the film. I thought their performances were great even if it was a short amount of time. I felt like it was somewhat a missed opportunity.

The greatest thing about Lightyear is how incredible this film looked! I watched the film in IMAX, and I was just in awe with how beautiful it looked. Pixar with every film just keep getting better and better with CGI. It’s crazy to see how far they’ve come since their first film.

Character designs and cinematography were just just blowing my mind. One scene in particular was a space scene when Buzz and Sox were in the ship flying, really loved it. I don’t know how Pixar does it. Another thing, they killed it with the action scenes.

I thought the score was genius! Having Michael Giacchino to compose the score was such a big brain move. If there’s anything that’s just perfect about Lightyear is the score.

Lightyear has both strong and weak moments. One thing is for sure, it’s not a bad movie at all, I just wanted certain things done better. The nostalgia and references is what really sold the movie for me because even though I have my cons, I still left incredibly happy and had fun! I hope Pixar is thinking about a spin-off series because I would watch the hell out of it.

Lightyear is worth the watch, especially if you’re a Toy Story fan. Also, watch this in the best theater possible because it’s such an incredible looking and sounding film.


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