The first Toy Story was an instant classic which changed animation forever. However, its sequel, Toy Story 2, is so utterly exceptional in so many ways that it deserves nothing less than to be referred to as absolute, solid-gold perfection. To me, this is it. The greatest movie in the history of cinema.
Toy Story 2 is a tale unlike any other, a story overflowing with excellent moments and surprises of every kind. Every single character is funny, wonderfully witty and fits into the story perfectly, with their every line of dialogue memorable. Every single scene, from the explosive opening to the thrilling, heartfelt climax, is an utter delight and absolutely essential to the movie's rich and beautiful tapestry. There's not a single moment that feels out of place. The adventure to find Woody is so incredibly fun, hilarious and gloriously detailed that it's impossible for me to criticise any facet of it. It's just so monumentally likable, involving and varied that it never runs out of steam. Every character gets their chance to shine, every one of its themes are universally identifiable, and its messages are unforgettably poignant and never cease to inspire me.
While the first Toy Story's animation looks ever so slightly dated now, Toy Story 2's is nowhere near dated. It's remarkable, being constantly colourful, realistic, artful and always appropriate. As for the soundtrack? Once again, it's perfect, and Jessie's song, "When She Loved Me" may be the greatest song ever written for a film; a magnificently touching and deep song about the heartbreak of being abandoned, briefly reunited and then abandoned once more. The film's ending is also, in my opinion, the greatest ending any film can have, wrapping up everything in exactly the right way. I can honestly not find a single solitary flaw in this film, and it's the only film I've ever seen that I can truly say is 100% flawless.
Toy Story 2 isn't just a masterpiece, it actually goes beyond that. It's an astronomically tall peak in the history of mankind, the kind of movie that comes around just once and is never, ever seen again. It's such an immense cinematic achievement that I am completely certain that no film ever released in the future will ever top it, no matter how big or ambitious it is. Toy Story 2 is the magnum opus of magnum opuses, a diamond that will shimmer eternally.