Monday, June 28, 2010
The More You Know
You are now realizing that Toy Story 3 is not only a sequel to a series of award-winning kid's movies, but a prequel to the 1993 classic "Philadelphia."
The boy known only as Andy, now older and off to college, has been living in a childhood fantasy realm with his favorite action figure, Woody the cowboy. He emulates Woody during his college years by studying to be a modern day lawman, and in time becomes a promising court lawyer. Eventually he travels to Philly in an effort to further his career.
Andy (Beckett, as we later discover) is also influenced by the cowboy mystique in darker ways after embracing his latent homosexuality. It is the era of public homosexual emergence, and ironically, coincides with the HIV epidemic. Andy's sexual exploration and ignorance unite as he reaches a great arc in the story; an anonymous tryst in a pornographic theater. This is where the film "Philadelphia" picks up the tale of Andy's life and eventual death.