WHY IT GOT SO MUCH ATTENTION:
There was a huge gap between Toy Story 2
and Toy Story 3
and during that time, Pixar built themselves as an untouchable force of CGI, churning out hit after hit of quality and original stories. So when it was time to dip back into their first well, of course audiences got excited.
WHY IT WAS OVERRATED: This was one of those movies that people didn't really like all that much when it first came out. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't HATED, but now it seems like it's up on a pedestal as one of Pixar's best, which it is far from being. It didn't tug on the heartstrings as much as the first one did and it didn't have as much comedy as the second. The storyline was forgettable and there was no huge advancement in technology since the second. People wanted to love this movie so much that I think they convinced themselves that it was better than it was.
WHY IT GOT SO MUCH ATTENTION: Obviously, Batman Begins was an incredible reboot. Heath Ledger's untimely death also lent a lot of credence to the film as the superhero genre was struggling to gain traction.
WHY IT WAS OVERRATED: Because of Ledger's death. Hands down, the best thing about this movie was Heath Ledger's surreal portrayal of Joker. It was brilliant and deserved the posthumous Oscar received. Unfortunately, that was really the only GREAT thing about this movie. It was a much bigger film than Batman Begins, both in budget and story arc but it felt flat. All of the memorable scenes are attributed to Ledger and nothing else stood out. The biggest failure of the movie was the inclusion of Two Face. The majority of his screen time was lying in a hospital bed and then he took a couple people hostage and died. Is that really a worthy storyline of one of Batman's biggest villains? The Dark Knight almost felt like it served as a steep learning curve for director Christopher Nolan, bridging the gap from the low-profile first film to the all out blockbuster of the third.