Movie Review: Lightyear

The logical reason why just about all Pixar movies are great is because so much time and money is spent creating amazing computer graphics it would make no sense to not also create a great story and screenplay to make sure that all the money spent is not wasted.

The overall ratings for the new movie “Lightyear”, the first spinoff of the great Toy Story movies, are average to bad because even though the computer graphics are once again spectacular, the story and the screenplay are not good enough. This is most likely the first Pixar movie that has not gotten the highest ratings, because this time around the ball was dropped for the most important part of any movie – the screenplay.

The story of Lightyear is about one of the main characters from the Toy Story movies – Buzz Lightyear repeatedly attempting the same mission to reach hyperspace (the speed of light), to ultimately correct a mistake and return the people on a remote planet back home. Due to Einstein’s theory of time and the speed of light as Buzz attempts mission after mission, he never gets much older and all of this friends on this planet age normally, as many as 60 years as this story unfolds. This part of the film gets tired very quickly, with a haphazard ending that seemed thrown together and did not make much sense.

The character that steals this movie is Sox the robot cat, who has the best lines and best scenes through these 2 hours. There were not many people in the theater I was in on this opening weekend, so this is one Pixar movie that might not be another expected big hit.

I agree with the 77% ratings on IMDB, with the very low 5.2 rating probably too low, considering so much work accomplished with the amazing computer graphics. This mostly disappointing Pixar movie is only for the most die hard Toy Story fans and I give only a very mild recommendation.