When is a sure thing not a sure thing?  Seeing that the critics had this movie at a 98% rating and the audience had it at 95% on Rottentomatoes.com, I thought for sure that this would be a great movie and probably much better than Secret Life Of Pets 2 (4.5 Icees).  Everyone was saying how great this movie was.  How could it go wrong, right?

Now in the interest of full disclosure I stopped watching these movies about midway through #2.  It was just lost on me that these things keep coming out.  Yeah, the first one was great because we were exposed for the first time to the thought that toys could lead their own lives.  Then they tried to weave some other storylines in there, and that’s the same with this entry into the franchise.  The introduction of “Forky” was something that I was thinking could be hilarious… and it was funny at times, but not nearly as much as it could have been.

So for me the best this movie can get from me is 3.5 Icees (and that’s being generous).  When I go to a kids’ movie I expect to laugh and I laughed some but not as much as I had hoped during this film.  More importantly was the fact that the kids in the theater didn’t laugh that much either.  Don’t get me wrong… the story was fine, the “villain” sufficiently creepy, but just not enough laughter for me.  Also, they focus too much on just a few of the toys and you don’t get to see the others do too much and that’s a mistake in my book.

I’m sure people that have loved this franchise will enjoy this movie more than I did.  Now, I did give this 3.5 Icees so it’s not like I hated this movie or anything, but it just wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  It’s a pleasant way to take your kids to the movie for a couple of hours (runtime listed at 1hr, 40min), but don’t go in thinking that this will be all that and a bag of chips because then you might just be disappointed.  You’ll come away having enjoyed it, but thinking that you’re kinda hoping this was the last of the franchise.

There are 2 scenes during the credits and one after.