Inside Out: Movie Review
With "Inside Out", Pixar is stamping its foot once again and proving that they still have it. After a few years of (honestly great) sequels, we finally get a taste of something creative, original and innovative from the outfit once again. This is where Pixar is usually at their best form and with "Inside Out" they didn't disappoint. The result is something magical, influential, powerfully deep and moving.
Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), born in Minnesotta, has five manifestations of her emotions inside her head: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black). For 11 years, these five emotions have controlled how Riley reacted to her world - with complete success. But suddenly, Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in the emotion's Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Worse, when Joy and Sadness are accidentally booted out of HQ, Riley is left without any inkling of Joy and Sadness - only Fear, Anger and Disgust - to go by her day-to-day life. As Riley's life is slowly being destroyed, Joy and Sadness must find a way back to HQ before its too late.
"Inside Out" is a landmark film for Pixar, one that proves that they still have it. This is their first original major picture release after a half decade and we do wish Pixar does this more often in the coming years. "Inside Out" may look bright and colorful to be a seriously deep film but don't let its vibrant exterior fool you - it is a film that skillfully plays with how the human psyche works and how one person may interact with another one (much as how the emotions inside Riley's head interact with each other too). It is also a film that caters more to the older crowd as it seems to be designed to make the audience nostalgic; rekindling their past memories (childhood, friends, loved ones, imaginary friends, etc). And that's probably the very minor gripe we have with "Inside Out". It seems that it could easily alienate its younger audience with its more mature plot and theme. Overall though, "Inside Out" is a film that features a deep, involving and ingenious plot, great voice acting and extremely crisp visuals and most importantly one that will stab you at the core of your emotions and mind. This one is another original Pixar classic hands down.
Rating: 4 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- this is one film that could stand as one of Pixar's greatest
- great voice acting and chemistry from the cast
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film might alienate the younger crowd with its more mature theme
Labels 3D, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, comedy, computer-animated, Diane Lane, Disney, drama, imax, Inside Out, Kaitlyn Dias, Kyle MacLachlan, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, movie review, Phyllis Smith, Pixar, Richard Kind