Film Preview: Lightyear (2022)

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Page Revisions:

(October 31, 2021) Original
(February 13, 2022) New Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)
(May 1, 2022) New Trailer (#3) — New Poster (#3)
(June 12, 2022) New Posters (#4-#12)

Release Date:

June 17, 2022


From IMDb: “The story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C+ / C+ / B- / C+ / C / C (3) / D+ / C- / C-

Review: (#1) While it certainly tells the audience all they need to know about the film’s subject, it’s not that interesting.

(#2) Another bit of nostalgia-pushing and with a few extra details making it look a bit more interesting, but insufficiently enough.

(#3) As with the prior designs, the effort is meant to draw attention to its origins, but then doesn’t inspire, which is a shame.

(#4) A dully arrayed design with all of the characters, but none of the fighting spirit. (#5) Actiony, but still rather dull. (#6) Another agonizingly simple design that completely lacks enticement. (#7-#9) The comparative similarity in these designs doesn’t inspire confidence. (#10-#12) Of varying quality, the continued effort to make unique designs for separate sound formats makes for nothing of merit.

Trailer Rating: B+ / B- / B+

Review: (#2) We don’t get much about the narrative in toto, but what we do get is rather stunning. Whereas there’s a certain glossy sheen to the Toy Story films, this origin of the astronaut play toy of those films has a nice sheen of realism.

(#2) The forced humor makes a poor fit for a trailer that’s trying to establish itself as something more than pseudo-prequel to Toy Story. That said, there are still some elements that look interesting even if the Disney Formula is also making an appearance.

(#3) We finally get enough of the narrative to fully understand what’s going on in the film and it certain makes it a lot more compelling than the prior efforts, though I must admit I miss the “Starman” accompaniment.

Oscar Prospects:

A surefire Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature and it might even win.

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