Lightyear: Directed by Angus MacLane. With Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn, Taika Waititi. While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source.
I know they say it opens tomorrow, but AMC doesn’t play by anyone’s rules, so I saw it tonight. Take a bit of time to wrap your head around this: This is the fictional movie that the fictional character from “Toy Story” named Andy saw when he was a kid, so it’s a movie that was from a movie that was then had a toy tie in action figure. That tie in action figure from “Toy Story” also had a made for television movie and television series that is never touched on in any form from any of the four “Toy Story” films, nor in this film. Is that confusing enough? No? Then let’s talk about the actual movie to add some confusion to it.
It’s about a serious of a science fiction film that we’ve gotten from Pixar yet. Maybe “Wall-E” has a slightly more wonderous science fiction feel, but “Lightyear” is military science fiction through and through, and for that I love it. The plot is somewhat less loveable with some well traveled shenanigans that I’ll not get into a pre-release review, but suffice to say, Chris Evans (the voice of Buzz) is no stranger to these types of shenanigans.
While I wasn’t all that blown away by the story, the set pieces, the technology, and the basic concept of the Space Rangers had me entertained for the entire film, so if you’re a military science fiction fan, this is a must watch.