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image A scene Disney’s newly released origin story ‘Lightyear.’

June 22, 2022
‘Lightyear’ dips well below infinity

“Lightyear” opened last weekend to an underwhelming performance at the box office. 

A quick search online and you’ll find theories on why this is, but most of them are overlooking the obvious — the controversy behind a lesbian kiss scene, Tim Allen’s absence from the film, and Disney’s involvement with Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill.

Personally, I’m against politics creeping their way into a kid’s movie, even when I agree with the politics — which is in very few instances. 

Movies aren’t meant to preach to the audience, they’re meant to entertain them. That’s why I think mainstream movies should be delicate and avoid controversial political topics; otherwise, they’ll end up alienating a large portion of the population.

That’s probably going to be “Lightyear’s” downfall. 

I’m well aware of the change Disney is trying to make, all I’m asking is that they be more sensitive to people on both sides of an issue. I’ll get off my soapbox now and get back to telling you whether the movie is worth your dollar.

“Lightyear” is the origin story of the beloved toy from the “Toy Story” films. The film sets itself up as Andy’s, supposedly, favorite film back in 1995 that prompted him to buy the toy. 

Besides this, it has little to no relation to the original “Toy Story” films.

Buzz, voiced by Chris Evans, and his Space Ranger companion, Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, are exploring a possibly habitable planet when they discover it has hostile life. 

They become stranded there along with hundreds of scientists. After repeated escape attempts, Buzz may have discovered a way to get off the planet, but a new threat has surfaced that is even more dangerous than anything he’s encountered yet.

It’s difficult to tell who Disney’s intended audience was for the movie. Was it for the older generation who’re reminiscent of the “Toy Story” films of their youth? Or was it to create that same magic for the kids of this generation? 

Whichever one, they missed the target on both. 

Fans of “Toy Story” will be disappointed at the lack of callbacks or easter eggs to the original films; and kids are not likely to get anything out of it, except maybe a snooze-fest.

During the showing I was wondering why the theater was so quiet. It wasn’t until after the movie ended and the lights came on did the kids start waking up and I realized why.

As an origin story, “Lightyear” falls flat, rehashing plots Disney’s been using for years — and not even the good ones. 

Ultimately, its biggest blunder is it makes us more confused about who Buzz Lightyear is. He is nothing like the character introduced to us in the original “Toy Story,” from the way he dresses, to the villain he fights, even down to how he says his famous catchphrase. 

If each difference from the original film were a plot hole, then the entire movie would be just one big black hole. 

And as far as a spin-off goes, the movie’s just not entertaining.

The only positive aspect to the film is that the animation is stunning. With a budget of $200 million, the filmmakers made it look like it cost that much. Besides that, it has nothing to offer.

If this was really Andy’s favorite movie back in 1995, he had terrible tastes. 

I’m giving “Lightyear” a 3 out of 10. Not worth your dollar.

The film is rated PG for intense sequences of action and peril.

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