Inside Out (2015)
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Richard Kind, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan
Directed By: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Written By: Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
Using the superb movie Inside Out as a guide. I think I started out my day with Disgust at the controls. Which doesn’t sound all that good I’ll admit. But it’s certainly a nice change from weekday Anger, and Friday night’s unbridled Joy session as I celebrated the end of another week with a very large beer. Such is the case I fear for most 40+ year old people. Weighed down under half a lifetime’s worth of responsibilities and commitments.
By the end of the movie Inside Out however, both Joy and Sadness were hand in hand as I processed this terrific film. Only Pixar could make a movie about an unhappy child entertaining, thoughtful, and incredibly moving.
Riley, the central character in Pixar’s new movie may not have adult sized problems yet, but she’s still got plenty to process after her family moves to San Francisco. And as the film expertly shows us, as we mature, our emotions and how they apply to our memories, become more complex.
As I understood it, Inside Out was about Riley coming to terms with the first real set back in her life. The move away from her childhood home and her friends. And as much as this is her story, it’s also Joy’s. As she also has to mature and understand the importance of Sadness, and how all Riley’s emotions need equal time at the controls.
I loved how the inner workings of the human brain were presented in this film. From the formation of new memories, to the personality island theme parks based on each character’s core experiences. Inside Out is incredibly well designed, and animated. It’s a story that both adults and children can relate to, and it certainly proves Pixar is still capable of producing high quality family entertainment.
This is certainly one of Pixar’s best, and if you’re a fan, then you won’t be disappointed. Some of the movie’s themes however, may be hard for really young children to process. Also, stay in your seat after the end of the film as there are some extra scenes included that take us into the heads of the other characters in the story. Even a dog’s and cat’s brain too. The inner workings of the cat’s brain were spot on!
This is a great looking film, and very funny. A crowded theater will give you the best experience with Inside Out.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
There are so many really great moments in this film, but one that made me laugh out loud was near the end when Riley bumps into a boy. The scene quickly jumps into his head, and the alarm bells are ringing. With large screens flashing the word ‘GIRL’ in bright red, and we see Fear rocking back and forth on the floor in the fetal position.