To infinity and beyond … to streaming.
The film stars Chris Evans – not Tim Allen, which he certainly was very cool if it’s not all Buzz Lightyear stuff – like the “real” Buzz, or at least the voice of the character in Light yearswhich was presented as the old film that Andy from Toy Story franchise watched as a kid and fell in love with, making him want the Buzz action figure we saw in those movies.
Light years received decent reviews from critics, but failed to score at the box office, grossing only $215 million worldwide against a reported budget of $200 million, making it the lowest-grossing film in Pixar’s history Forward, which came out just before the Covid pandemic started shutting down cinemas. The previous three Pixar films — Soul, Lukeand Turns red – everyone went straight to Disney+, bypassing theaters entirely.
Light years was on the lower end of recent Pixar films; Turns red and Soul were both clearly better, but it was about on par or slightly better than Luke. Still, it was a fun and entertaining sci-fi movie with some interesting themes. Here is an excerpt from ours review:
If we’re being completely honest, Light years doesn’t quite live up to its premise. A series of opening title cards explain that in 1995 a kid named Andy got a Buzz Lightyear action figure for his birthday because he loved a movie – this movie. I was around Andy’s age in 1995 and I can tell you; they didn’t make films as beautiful, thoughtful or sensitive back then. But taken on its own merits, Light years works.
In other words, if you were turned away by the bad buzz (Ha! Can you believe this website is free?), it’s worth at least giving the movie a try on streaming. If you already have a Disney+ subscription, what do you have to lose?
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