Shannon’s July Movie Reviews

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TOY STORY 4
5/5 STARS

24 years since Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear first appeared on screen in Disney Pixar’s Toy Story​(also the first computer animated film ever created), the toys are back in town once again with Toy Story 4​ proving to be the perfect extension of a previously thought untouchable trilogy that had seemingly come to a conclusion with 2010’s Toy Story 3.
An exciting, hilarious and touching adventure catering to everyone from small children, their parents and especially the 20-something year olds who grew up with these beloved characters, you best be ready to be transported right back to your childhood as Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to voice the iconic duo in one of the greatest films you’ll see this year.
Two years following the events of Toy Story 3, Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack) and the gang have a new lease on life, always getting played with by their five year old owner Bonnie. Just starting kindergarten, where she unknowingly creates a new toy in class by the name of Forky, the gang soon embark on a road trip where adventure soon turns into an unexpected reunion for Woody, stumbling into his long lost-friend Bo Peep (Not seen since Toy Story 2)​.
As Woody remembers the old days and takes Forky under his wing much like he did Buzz all those years ago, he realises it may be time to finally achieve what he truly wants from life as a toy.
Featuring beautiful animation a true testament to just how far Pixar has come since their
humble beginnings and a standout directorial debut from director Josh Cooley, the returning voice cast of all your favourites also adds the charm of Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as brilliant new toys Duke Caboom, Gabby-Gabby, Bunny and Ducky.
Yet another outstanding instalment in the best animated franchise that continues to get better years after 1995, prepare yourself to shed a tear or two with an absolutely stunning film you will love to infinity and beyond.

YESTERDAY
4/5 STARS

What do you get when you pair two of Britain’s greatest filmmakers together to tell a crazy ‘what if?’ scenario depicting a world where The Beatles never existed? A bloody well made romantic comedy titled Yesterday​ written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings & A Funeral​, Love Actually​, About Time​) and directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting​, Slumdog Millionaire​, 127 Hours​).
Starring Himesh Patel (Eastenders) in a breakout role as a struggling musician who finds himself the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles, Lily James (Baby Driver​) Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon and pop star Ed Sheeran also star in this charming little British flick which brings you in with the interesting premise it promises but leaves you somehow appreciating the musical genius of Paul, John, George and Ringo even more.
Not really getting anywhere with his singer-songwriter aspirations, Jack Malik (Patel) has the talent and support of his childhood friend turned manager Ellie (James) but lacks the way to make it happen. After a global blackout causes an accident and Jack awakes in
hospital to discover no one else on Earth has the slightest idea who or what The Beatles are, he begins writing down the lyrics to their songs the best he can, later performing them to crowds.
Attracting the attention of Ed Sheeran who is blown away by what he’s hearing,
Jack soon becomes a worldwide sensation thanks to claiming one of the greatest bands of all time’s work as his own. Struck with the moral dilemma of whether what he’s doing is right or wrong, all he knows is this – a world without The Beatles’ hits is a world he cannot live in and neither should we.
A crowd-pleasing cute little rom-com benefiting from the use of most of your favourite Beatles tunes and starring two very likeable leads in an inspiring, gleeful fantasy with an endearing love story thrown in for good measure, Boyle and Curtis team together well to add another notch on their belts as the undisputed kings of top quality British entertainment.