At a screening of Toy Story 3, I was sitting between a couple of colleagues — a pleasant situation that, by the end, turned just a little uncomfortable when I realized how hard I was working to conceal my tears. I’m not just talking about shedding a tear or two, or having that Brian’s Song lump in the throat. I’m talking about that soppy, awkward thing where you make sounds. So now, I’d like to own up to my inner sap and ask my fellow male moviegoers to join me in saying: I cried at Toy Story 3, and it’s okay!
”As much as the lessons and themes were relevant for people of all ages, I definitely felt a special connection to them…. There were tears,” shared one 20-year-old man on EW.com.
Wrote another reader: ”I raise my hand and, without shame, add my name to the list of adult males who shed more than a couple tears at this movie. It was such a beautiful full-circle ending for the toys, while simultaneously being a beautiful transition ending for Andy’s childhood. Truly incredible.”
So what’s the moment that got to me? When little Bonnie starts to play with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang, it’s more than a cuddly sentimental homecoming. It says: The spirit of imagination hasn’t gone out of our world — it’s there every time a child picks up an inanimate object of fun and sees, feels, experiences the hidden life in it. And for men, like me, who grew up with cowboys and soldiers and spacemen and Mr. Potato Head, there’s something deeply special and transporting about seeing those old toys find a second life in a brand-new era. It says that they — and we — are going to be okay. As long as we remember that our inner child isn’t what we’re told, but what we invent. — Owen Gleiberman
What’s next for the stars of Harry Potter
Get out your Time-Turners, folks, because we’ve reached the end of an era: Filming of the Harry Potter series came to a close earlier this month. It must have been a particularly sad moment for the trio of young stars who have charmed audiences since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2001. We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint literally grow up before our eyes, and although so many child stars get stuck in an Azkaban prison of typecasting, these three seem to have bright ? futures. Sure, they still have another year of appearances for the two Deathly Hallows films (plus promoting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park that opened in Orlando last week), but then what? Radcliffe has said that he’s going back to Broadway to star in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Following that, we’d expect a slew of serious roles for the actor, in ? the same way that former mega-franchise stars Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood have sought out heavy parts in small films. Grint will keep doing what he’s been doing for the past few years: appearing in cool, quirky British movies. His career will likely resemble that of Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg: He’ll be a strong comedic draw in Britain, and while people here will always like him, he won’t feel the need to be an A-list leading man. Watson’s future is less clear. The actress, who just finished her freshman year at Brown ? University, has often said she’s not in love with acting. If she does pursue the art, she’ll display great range, along the lines of Keira Knightley’s — and she’ll always look beautiful on the red carpet. — Grady Smith
EW.com Poll: What is the creepiest toy?
Clown, Poltergeist, 37%
Chucky, Child’s Play, 26%
Talky Tina, The Twilight Zone, 9%
Teddy Ruxpin, 8%
Big Baby, Toy Story 3, 5%