TOYS (Theatrical Release USA 1992)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Stars ìììì

Toys—is an imaginative film that supports itself on the talents of Actor Robin Williams and Actress Joan Cusack. The film’s cinematography is unusual, slightly reminiscent of the Wachowski Brothers’ efforts in Speed Racer. Some camera scenes seem to move too fast and hinder perception while the film as a whole seems a pinch boring even as it moves toward its climax. However, the scene where the toys 'face off' fills the action requirement quite nicely. On the whole, the movie serves an adult rather than a child audience contrary to the allusion implied by its title. Some nudity and sex.

Storyline

The inheritance of a toy factory falls to a brother, Lieutenant General Leland Zevo (Michael Gambon), rather than to a son, Leslie Vevo (Robin Williams), of the owner. Leslie finds it necessary, despite his peace-loving nature, to wage war to re-establish the toy factory to its original mission’s intentions after he discovers his uncle is turning the factory into a miniature war machine factory.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Barry Levinson for his directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Mark Johnson and Barry Levinson for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Alsatia Zevo (Joan Cusack), Gwen Tyler (Robin Wright), Captain Patrick Zevo (LL Cool J), Kenneth Zevo (Donald O’Connor), Owen Owens (Arthur Malet), Old General Zevo (Jack Warden), and Nurse Debbie (Debi Mazar).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?
 
Maybe. It’s a pinch slow and a bit boring.

Ben Meyers

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