|Table of Reviews|
Lightyear – Review
Pixar’s Lightyear – Budget of $200 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes
The ship, also known as the turnip, wakes up Buzz from hypersleep. The ship’s sensors detected life on the planet nearby. Buzz wakes Commander Hawthorne to take a closer look at the planet’s inhabitants and collect soil samples. While discussing the pros and cons of rookies, a vine attacks them. They make it back to the ship and try to fly away, but Buzz crashes and cracks their fuel cell, and they don’t have another. Til they can create another fuel cell that can get them into hyperspace, the crew can’t leave the planet.
The crew created a colony and a new fuel cell within a year, and Buzz boards XL-1 for a four-minute test flight around the sun and back. Buzz gets 60% into hyperspace before the fuel cell dies, and he lands. He notices things are different. Buzz finds Commander Hawthorne, and she helps Buzz understand. The trip lasted 4 minutes for Buzz, but it’s four years for the colony. To help Buzz acclimate, Hawthorne gives Buzz a robotic therapy cat, Sox. Feeling like a failure, Buzz decides to go on missions to test the hyperspace until they get it right. Sox worries about Buzz, but Buzz tells the cat to help by fixing the fuel. Sox says ok. While Buzz tests, Hawthorne develops the colony, teaches future rangers, and has a family.
Fifteen missions later, Buzz comes home to find that Hawthorne died. She left a video message for Buzz with her granddaughter, Izzy, sweetly interrupting. Commander Burnside walks into Hawthorne’s old barracks and tells a weeping Buzz that the fuel mission is over. The colony decided to end the space ranger program, stay on the planet, take Sox, and create a laser dome to keep out the planet’s dangerous inhabitants. Buzz panics and runs to his barrack. He tells Sox the mission is over, and Sox is disappointed because he figured out the formula. And it has an 87% chance of working. So Buzz grabs Sox, creates the fuel cell, and steals a ship. Buzz and Sox accomplish their mission and land on the planet but can’t land on the colony because of the laser dome. Buzz finds the safest landing spot, and someone in a suit approaches him and tells Buzz to be quiet. The person pulls Buzz away while a robot scans the ship. The robot places a device on the spacecraft, causing the robot and spacecraft to disappear. The person in the suit sees Buzz’s name tag and tells him that her name is Izzy, Hawthorne’s granddaughter. It’s been 22 years since Buzz left.
Since then, an enemy spacecraft came to the planet with a legion of robots. Their commander is the evil Emperor Zurg (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The device transports anything it touches to Zurg’s ship. After Zurg arrived, his army waged a constant attack on the laser dome. Izzy remembers the stories about Buzz and knows he is the missing link to Operation Surprise Party. They will take out the mothership controlling the robots to save the colony. But they need Buzz to get them to Zurg’s spacecraft. Izzy introduces Buzz to her team. First, Mo is an enthusiast but quits during difficult situations. Second, Darby is an elderly parolee with explosive expertise. Buzz respects Izzy’s lineage, but he doesn’t work with rookies. However, Izzy and her crew aren’t even rookies yet. While Buzz doesn’t want their help, he will need it to save the colony, defeat Zurg, and redefine his mission.
In 1995, Andy got a toy inspired by his favorite movie. Lightyear is the movie. So this adaptation isn’t a remake or a sequel; it’s a prequel for Andy’s world in Toy Story 1. Fans get the catchphrases, the bad guy, and the hypersleep pods (Buzz Lightyear’s standard packaging). In a touching montage, you see Hawthorne’s life with family, friends, and love develop each time Buzz returns from another mission. Pixar animators did a stunning job creating a colonized world on a dangerous planet. And their space animation is second to none. As Izzy floats through space, viewers only hear her breath while seeing the vast emptiness. While creating a world of space travel, animators included geometry. Yes, Buzz is a mathlete. Buzz manually determines a way to get his spacecraft on target when IVAN (Internal Voice-Activated Navigation) system won’t. And let’s not forget the quiet love letter Pixar sent to classic Nintendo fans (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While this is an animation, the complex storyline is for 1995 Toy Story fans, not their kids. However, its action and jokes will entertain parents and their children.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Yeah, but in a supportive way – Commander Hawthorne
My mission is to help you, and I’m not giving up on my mission – Sox
I got off on good behavior, not good attitude – Darby
I surrender – Mo
You don’t need to save us. You need to join us – Izzy
Wait, was that for me in case I got out of line – Lightyear
Where the Crawdads Sing – Review
Where the Crawdads Sing – Budget of $43.7 million – 2 hours and 5 minutes
On October 30th, 1969, in Barkley Cove, North Carolina, two boys riding their bikes along the marsh find Chase Andrews’s body. Police officers look around and can’t find footprints other than theirs and the boys. They determine that Chase fell from the fire tower. They go to the top of it and see a piece of grate missing. The fire tower has no fingerprints, including Chase’s. They find red fiber on Chase and have a lab examine it. The forensic scientist concluded that it’s a red fiber from a hat or a scarf.
The officers go to the bar, and everyone talks about the case. Tom, a retired lawyer, overhears the whispered commotion. There were rumors that Chase was secretly dating the ‘Marsh Girl’ and someone heard her threaten him.
The police go to see the Marsh Girl the next day. They discover her front door open and let themselves in. They look through the girl’s things and unearth a red hat. They hear a sound in the lagoon and see the Marsh Girl getting away by boat. With the police in pursuit, the Marsh Girl jumps into the water and tries to swim away, but they capture her by her overalls. They take her to jail while the town hurls insults. When the lab determines the hat matches the fibers found on Chase, they charge the Marsh Girl with murder.
Tom walks into the jail cell and introduces himself to the Marsh Girl. But he knows her as Catherine Danielle Clark, but her family calls her Kya. Kya resided alone on the marsh since she was a child. Her mother, Ma, left Kya and Kya’s siblings with their abusive alcoholic father, Pa. When Pa started to abuse them, Kya’s siblings walked out and never returned. Kya, a child then, decided to stay with him and be invisible. When they go into town, Mabel and Jumpin’ take pity on the sweet girl with no shoes. Mabel and Jumpin’ are married and own the local tackle shop. When Kya comes into the shop with a bag full of fresh mussels, they know Pa died, and she has no one. They decide to trade Kya’s mussels for their food, services, or clothes. And they chose not to report her to social services. The town knows Kya is alone in the marsh, but they spend more time starting rumors than helping. Tom offers to represent Kya in the murder trial but pleads for Kya to open up to him. Tom knows that the jury will use their preconceived notions against her. Tom needs to prove Kya’s innocence and place in society. Or she will get the death penalty.
Based on Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, be ready to feel the words jump off the page (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The director used the marsh, lagoon, and swamp to narrate pages of complex land descriptions. At first, the swamp looks daunting and frightening. As Kya grows into a young woman, the swamp is inviting, loving, and full of life. Both actresses did an impeccable job playing Kya, a shy and intelligent young woman that embraced the harsh world and people around her. The mystery unfolds with flashbacks and courtroom questioning. The flashbacks introduce you to Kya, her family, first love, heartbreak, and manipulator. It lays down the foundation of who could have killed Chase. The questioning gives viewers reasonable doubt. At times, these two intertwining storylines conflict or compliment each other. It’s a mystery that waits for the last 15 seconds to give you the killer and the reason.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Please stay – Kya
I can’t help you unless I know you. Even just a little bit – Tom
It don’t say that in the Bible. Be careful – Mabel
I got all day – Tate
I never thought you were trash – Chase
Kya, look at me – Jumpin’
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