Toy Story 4 | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #54

Toy Story 4 was a good *maybe* final installment in the franchise.  Fun new characters and a fresh story line and lovely animation.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Toy Story 4

Dusty: Loyalty is important.

  • Woody demonstrated this with his attitude of “leave no toy behind”.  This is how we all should be in regards to family, friends, work and anything else important in our lives.

Bo Peep leading the way

Sky: Where there’s a will there’s a way. 

  • Forky wouldn’t be dissuaded from getting into the trash and found multiple ways to end up there.  Woody as well wouldn’t be dissuaded from saving Forky and keeping him around as one of Bonnie’s toys.  If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way to accomplish it.

No more perfect fit for the motorcycle stuntman Duke Caboom than Keanu Reeves

Dusty: Stealing a Kidney from someone is wrong.

  • Besides murder, you can’t get much more evil than this.

Sky & Dusty:  Listen to your inner voice… that’s just your gut or your conscience telling you to do the right thing. 

  • Of course Woody always follows his conscience because he is a very good toy. Buzz Lightyear didn’t understand the idea, but eventually he got it and followed his own. And even when his own inner voice wasn’t saying what he thought it should, he kept questioning it and pushing the button over and over again. So he was actually listening to his inner voice because he knew that that other voice was wrong.

Bunny and Ducky were fun additions to the toy menagerie

Sky: You can get what you want by buttering them up.

  • Bo Peep convinced Duke Caboom to do what she wanted by saying all those nice things, so he relented and helped them save Forky.  You know what they say, “Flattery will get you… everything.”

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The Critics (98%) and Audiences (95%) on Rotten Tomatoes agree on this one.  Highly recommended to see.

Sky has chosen Spider-man: Far From Home as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we learned from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017).

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #37

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was a beautifully crafted and fun final installment of the trilogy.  Sky enjoyed it much more than Dusty, but both agree that the characters are compelling and the story was fun and well-paced.

Lessons Learned from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 

Sky & Dusty: Pick your battles

  • Hiccup going out and taking out ships and freeing tons of dragons brought the dragon-hating world to his doorstep, and he finally encountered somebody he couldn’t defeat (at least at first).

Dusty: Never underestimate your opponent. 

  • This is a ubiquitous lesson that movie characters, both good and bad, seem to forget all the time.

“Demon!”

Sky: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

  • Putting all the dragons in one place makes you a juicy target for dragon haters.

Dusty: If you run from your problems, they will catch up to you.

  • People hate those dragons, so they’ll just follow you to your new home.  Running does no good.

Sky: Don’t let your boss make a mistake.

  • Eret told Hiccup that Grimmel was the worst of the worst, but left it at that and it was obvious to the audience that this would lead to issues for Hiccup and his people.

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Yay, great Rotten Tomatoes scores from both!  Audience at 89%, critics at 91%.

Dusty has chosen to revisit Avengers: Infinity War as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Alita: Battle Angel.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #35

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was a lot of fun for Dusty, but Sky wasn’t such a fan.  Dusty enjoyed how they put lots of small new tweaks to things like songs and intros that they did in part 1.

Lessons Learned from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Sky: How you respond to your situation is up to you. You can let it change you for the better, or for the worse.

  • Emmet allowed being stuck under the laundry machines turn him into a big jerk.  He became a victim.

Dusty: Don’t try to change someone else. The only person you can change is yourself. Also, you do not know what is best for the person. Maybe what you want is worse.

  • You goal should just to improve yourself daily, and be an asset or positive force in the lives of those around you.

Gotta love Emmett’s positive outlook

Sky: Know your parents. Some give open threats, others follow through. If you have the follow-through type of parents, you better do what they say.

  • If your mom’s going to make you put all the LEGO’s in storage, don’t tick her off.

Dusty: Communication is the key to relationships.

  • All movie/tv logic breaks down when characters don’t talk to each other.  Same thing happens in real life.

Sky: Do not act with a lack of information.

  • Emmet, if he would’ve listened to his friends who he came to save, wouldn’t have smashed Queen Whatevra’s home and caused the “ar-mom-ageddon”.

Dusty: It’s much easier to be friends than enemy.

  • Being cool and kind with others is the way to go.  Set aside your differences and work to build friendships as opposed to working on being better or putting them down.
  • Watch out for “resting bitch face”.  If they look angry/mad when resting, they’re an unhappy person in life. Angry face = angry life.

Bonus Lesson: Be yourself.  If others don’t like you for it, screw them.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

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It’s only been out for 5 days now, but the critics and audiences are simpatico: 85% for critics and 79% for the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Alita: Battle Angel as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993).

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #28

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse blew us away!  This may be the best Spider-man movie ever.  It was genius how they brought together so many “new” heroes to the movie-going audience and they made it work (too bad other superhero movies can’t always do the same).  The story was incredible with great voice talents and surrounding everything was amazing animation that was like a comic book come to life.

Lessons Learned from Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse

Sky: Make the best of the situation you’re in.

  • Miles Morales didn’t like going to that school and didn’t want to be Spider-man.  But, both happened to him and by the end he accepted each and tried to make the most out of them.

Dusty: With great power comes great responsibility.

  • When you’re blessed with something other people don’t have, you’ve got a responsibility to do something good with it.

Sky: We learn best by doing.

  • Miles was forced to be Spider-man in order to survive.  Getting out there and doing will teach you more in life than any book can.

Dusty: With great responsibility comes great need for resolution.

  • You’ve got to know what you stand for in order to exercise your power for the betterment of others.

Loved the new Spider-peeps in this movie

Sky: You are never truly ready for the most important things in life. You just learn to deal with or survive those things.

  • Miles could never be ready for being Spider-man, but when it came, he worked through it and survived.  A real-life example is having kids.  Sure, people can tell you what to expect but that’s never going to fully prepare you for what parenthood is like.  You’ve just got to learn to deal with it as it happens.

Dusty: Great need for resolution comes great need for action.

  • Following through with your great power, responsibility and resolve requires taking action and doing what you know needs doing.

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You know a movie is good when the Rotten Tomatoes critics score and the audience are both over 95%: Audience at 95% and critics at 97%.

Sky has chosen Bumblebee as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Thor (2011).

Ralph Breaks the Internet | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned #25

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet was a worthy sequel to part one.  We learned so many lessons from it regarding internet usage, interacting with your friends and being prepared for the worst life can throw at you.

Lessons Learned from Ralph Breaks the Internet

Always have a backup plan.

  • There is a reason why Dusty and I work for ourselves and try to create plenty of streams of income. If we somehow lose one, we’ll have the others to rely on. When Vanellope’s (Sarah Silverman) game got shut down, she had nowhere else to go and had to rely on the kindness of Ralph (John C. Reilly) and others.

“Necessity is the Mother of invention” & “Where there is a will, there is a way”

  • When your life or home or job is on the line, that motivation will push you to find a way.

Focus on the solution, not the problem.

  • Vanellope wanted to leave the internet when she thought their predicament was impossible and she was fixated on losing the game. Ralph was intent on finding a solution and kept her there in search of it

2a. You can make money online.

  • Too true.  We are both proof of this.  Figure out what you can offer to the world and step into action to create additional streams of income.

2b. But, do not read the comments

  • There are trolls out there, so don’t let their negative comments derail you from achieving your goals.
“Jabba the Hutt”

Don’t be the guy that your friends are worried about hurting your feelings. Be even-keeled, understanding and roll with the punches.

  • If you keep getting butt-hurt over things, like Ralph does with his insecurities, your friends/family will stop spending time with the Debbie Downer you are.  Be Petey Positive instead!

Do not get emotional in your bidding on “Eboy”.

  • Emotions will cause you to over-bid on that item that you “just must have!”

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

One of those few movies where the critics are higher than the audience: 87% versus 67% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dusty has chosen Captain America: the First Avenger as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Overlord.