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PanamaTrickster Reviews: Lightyear (2022)

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PIXAR’s latest addition to its arsenal of immediate classics was a good, but fundamentally safe movie. Right off the bat, the quality of animation overwhelms you with breathtaking visuals, which seems is in line with each PIXAR movie that proceeds the next, and displays it as a true testament to just how far we have come with CGI as a whole.

Some points about the movie that didn’t feel as strong as other is its use of repeat jokes. About five jokes were continuous throughout the movie, and started to make you roll your eyes after the third time. It is worth noting, like most PIXAR films, that Lightyear was targeted specifically at kids. But that doesn’t usually take away from being a movie that everyone in the family can enjoy with little to no issues.
The themes Lightyear discusses range from simple, easy to understand and straightforward – to overly complicated and a bit more difficult for children to follow, which is strangely reminiscent of a common trope that has been on the forefront of cinematic experiences for four years. But, when it comes down to it, Lightyear is a classic Action/Adventure story that really is entertainment for the whole family. Something strangely unique to this particular animated tale, is that the voice over work, specifically referencing Chris Evan’s voiceover work, was exceptional. Many times, it is all too apparent that the voiceover actors may distance themselves from one another in the recording studio, and read their own lines with little to no outside context or emotion. That simply was not the case with Lightyear. The flow of conversation, and the emotion attached to each line delivered, felt so undeniably human.

The score was nothing memorable, but at times, it did feel like it was heavily inspired by the early career of John Williams, which subliminally got your heart rate pumping at the times the movie wished for it to. Michael Giacchino, who’s other work includes Ratatouille, Inside Out and The Incredibles, is no stranger to getting the audience to feel exactly what he wants, when he wants them to. I assure you that he has not lost his touch in this film.

All in all, take your Space Rangers to see this movie. It is full of everything little astronauts and dreamers alike would love to see on the big screen at a young age. To Infinity… and Beyond.

6.5/10

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