I had an odd experience at the press preview of Lightyear, Pixar’s keenly awaited Toy Story spin-off. Lightyear is a kids’ movie, but everybody at the press screening was an adult. With no kids there, I found it weirdly hard to tell if I was liking the film or not. In the row behind me there was a famous entertainment reporter with a very distinctive belly-laugh. He seemed to like Lightyear a lot.
Did I, though? I could see the film was visually brilliant. Computer animation keeps getting better and better. But was the story any good? Did it have enough heart? I’m really not sure. I can only say I’d have liked the movie more if I’d had a kid watching it with me, especially if that kid had liked it too ... [read more]