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Reviews for the week of December 6, 1999.

Monday:
Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2
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I didn't like the first Toy Story, and although I gave Toy Story 2 a fair chance, I didn't enjoy it either.

This movie has two target audiences: little kids, and people who are really impressed by fancy animated effects.

I've never been a big fan of animation, and this movie doesn't have any plot either. Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the two annoying main character toys from the original film, are back to further irritate moviegoers. This time, Woody is accidentally sold at a yard sale, and Buzz leads the other toys to a toy store to get him back. But by the time they arrive, Woody has made some new friends and doesn't want to return home.

Audio VersionI know a critic who swears he did not see the end coming in Toy Story 2, but I don't know how you could miss it. Everything is terribly obvious (or at least it was to me). The characters were tolerable for the first five or ten minutes, but they quickly became annoying. And let's not forget the sappy, vexatious music (one toy whines - I guess she's supposed to be singing, but it sounds more like whining to me- for what seems like twenty minutes about a kid who outgrew her toys). Give me a break.

My Rating = One Star

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Friday:
World is Not Enough

World is Not Enough
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Pierce Brosnan returns for the fourth time as James Bond in the terrific new movie The World is Not Enough.

This time Bond is assigned to protect an heiress (Sophie Marceau) from some bad guys who are apparently out to get her and her oil pipeline. (Things are not what they seem.) Not surprisingly, she seduces Bond (a ladies' man who sleeps with his doctor just so she'll give him a clean bill of health), then sends him on a misleading goose chase. It doesn't take Bond long to figure out her scheme, though, and he soon saves the day - with the help of an atomic scientist (Denise Richards) who becomes his next girlfriend.

The World is Not Enough features many exciting action scenes, including one where Bond and an assassin chase each other across a river on little boats (Brosnan even looks good soaking wet, with his hair all messed up). At one point, his boat submerges under the water in order to clear a bridge - that really surprised me. I was expecting the boat to fly over the bridge.

Audio VersionThe World is Not Enough is witty, action-packed, and amusing. Brosnan makes a great Bond, and I enjoyed most of the supporting actors (John Cleese makes a very funny protege to Bond's old inventor Q).

My Rating = Three Stars

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