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FANS of 'Toy Story' in all its iterations are invited to return to infinity and beyond in Pixar and Disney's 'Lightyear' (2022). Introduced as the film which spawned the action figure that Andy gets in the 1995 original, 'Lightyear' presents Chris Evans as the titular Buzz Lightyear.
If you're looking for the action figure's origin story or an easy prequel to the classic animated feature, co-writer and director Angus MacLane's film isn't exactly that.
There is no Woody, and Buzz isn't a toy, rather a real life Space Ranger in Star Command, whose best friend is commanding officer Alisha Hawthorne voiced by Uzo Aduba.
Beginning in media res as Buzz, Alisha and a novice ranger explore a seemingly hospitable planet, 'Lightyear' dives right into the action where Buzz's failed heroics effectively strand an exploratory vessel and a thousand strong crew on a hostile planet.
Wracked with guilt and determined to complete the mission, Buzz volunteers to test the hyperspace fuel which will allow the crew to move on. As the crew settles a colony on the planet, Buzz heads out into hyperspace, but the tests fail and cost him four years each due to time dilation.
As everyone ages and has full, meaningful lives, Buzz stays the same age and keeps going out into hyperspace, missing it all, save for his check-ins and pep talks with Hawthorne and, eventually, also with a robot emotional support cat named Sox who is, frankly, adorable.
Exploring vivid and beautifully wrought space, as well as heavier themes of guilt, purpose, death, heroism, teamwork and friendship, 'Lightyear' is a progressive, LGBTQIA+ affirming and bittersweet film that draws on a number of popular space adventures and concepts via Pixar's incredible animation.
Also starring Keke Palmer as Izzy, James Brolin as Emperor Zurg, Taika Waititi, Dale Soules and Peter Sohn as Sox, 'Lightyear' brings Buzz to a life in a way that is unexpected and ambitious.
Not as lighthearted as its source material but not without humour, action and plenty of heart, 'Lightyear' is worth a watch for Buzz fans, Pixar stans and intelligent life forms.
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