Movie Review: LIGHTYEAR

Movie Review: LIGHTYEAR


Director: Angus MacLane
Starring: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Uzo Aduba, Taika Waititi, Peter Sohn, Dale Soules, James Brolin, Isiah Whitlock Jr.

Pixar introduced audiences to the character of Buzz Lightyear back in 1995 when Toy Story changed the game of animation. Now, they’re going back to tell more of his story but with a twist in Lightyear. If you walk down the toy aisle in any store, many of the action figures are based on movie characters. In Lightyear, we learn that the Buzz Lightyear action figure Andy received is based on the movie we are now watching. It’s essentially a movie within a movie concept for Pixar. The character is now voiced by Chris Evans and not Tim Allen as he’s not the toy we are used to seeing. Buzz is a space ranger for Star Command who blames himself after his crew has been marooned on a hostile planet. He spends years perfecting hyper speed, but with each failed mission, years pass by for his crew as they age and grow old around him, including best friend Alisha Hawthorne (Aduba). During his latest mission, he crash lands on a dangerous planet overcome with robots and the dreaded Zurg ship. He teams up with Hawthorne’s granddaughter Izzy (Palmer) and a few other Space Rangers to defeat Zurg.

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