The gospel according to the Tomatometre has decreed Toy Story 2 is no longer the best movie made in the world’s cinematic history.
Rotten Tomatoes has a new favourite film, Lady Bird, which has knocked the Pixar sequel – a rare Hollywood successor success – off its top spot like Mr. Potato’s ever-unstable top hat.
Let’s take a moment to remember why Jessie and Co. were so loved by all:
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Of 163 reviews, Toy Story 2 had an average rating of 8.6/10, aggregated to create that magical unicorn of cinema critique: the hundred per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But with an average of 8.9/10 over 170 reviews, Lady Bird‘s high score of 100 per cent has more clout with the critics.
Toy Story 2 revisits Andy and his cartoon friends, who come to life by magical cloak and dagger, right underneath the ignorant humans’ noses.
This time, when Wheezy gets tossed into the discarded toy pile of the garage sale, our hero Woody saves the squeaky dog and in the process, gets snapped up by toy collector Al (who likes to dress like a chicken).
Woody meets fellow oppressed toys, Jessie, Bullseye, and Stinky Pete the Prospector – animated hilarity, a roller-coaster ride of emotions and a moralising tale ensue.
But cinema is evolving. While Toy Story 2 is timeless, other titans of film come to the forefront fighting for the validation of critics and for the enjoyment of silver screen enthusiasts across the land.
The latest champion is Greta Gerwig who wrote and directed Lady Bird, which is already out in American cinemas, but will be released on February 16 for UK audiences.
It has been created under ground-breaking distribution company A24 who are credited with changing the landscape of cinema, apparently.
Greta Gerwig told Rotten Tomatoes:
We put our heart and souls into this movie, and the last step of this deeply collaborative art form of filmmaking is giving the film to the audience and the film critics.
That there has been such a warm reception is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has seen the film and has written about it so thoughtfully.
We are all on cloud nine and using our tomato emoji more than we ever thought possible.
You can watch the trailer below:
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The cinematic endeavour marks a new chapter for Gerwig, who up until now has dazzled in Jackie, Maggie’s Choice and Frances Ha.
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges, the film follows the coming of age of Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson, a California Catholic school girl who wants more.
Rated R for ‘teen partying’, as well as strong language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity, it has grossed $10,726,097 (approx £8m) at the box office to date.
Comparatively, Toy Story 2 on its opening weekend saw American audiences part ways with $57,388,839 (approx £43m) but gain a whole lot of moralising tale.
But then again, Toy Story 2 – for all its glory – did not ‘understand late adolescence as the endless accumulations of tiny humiliations and a deep, unutterable yearning for escape’, as did Lady Bird according to one reviewer.
Can’t really argue with that. Lady Bird sounds like the world’s best therapy. Sign us up.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.