This week at the movies brings the return of Pixar’s most iconic heroes (Toy Story 3, with voice work by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen) as well as a supernatural bounty hunter (Jonah Hex, starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox). What do the critics have to say?
Few (if any) studios can boast a critical and commercial streak that’s been as astonishing as Pixar’s. Now, with Toy Story 3, the company’s creative minds have reprised the characters that have long been their trademark, and the critical response has run from positive to borderline ecstatic. In this third (and most likely final) installment, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang have been mistakenly donated to a day-care center; pretty soon, the toys are planning a daring escape, all the while dealing with complex, bittersweet emotional issues. Critics say it should hardly come as a surprise that Pixar’s latest film is a remarkably assured blend of action, comedy, and pathos, one that should appeal to kids of all ages. As of this writing, the Certified Fresh Toy Story 3 is, like its predecessors, at 100 percent on the Tomatometer, and is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. (Check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we run down every Pixar feature in chronological order.)
From the top of the Tomatometer to the bottom we go. Critics say the stylistically bold but haphazardly structured Jonah Hex is a modest showcase for the talents of Josh Brolin, but fails on nearly every other level. Based on the cult-classic comic book, Hex stars Brolin as the title character, a disfigured gunslinger who wanders about a neo-western landscape and, eventually, attempts to thwart a terrorist plot on our nation’s capital. The pundits say Jonah Hex is loud, incoherently edited, and, at 81 minutes, mercifully short.
Also opening this week in limited release: