Inside Out – Review

26 Jun

There’s movies that come out once every so often that grab you by the head and makes it loud and clear that you are watching a work of greatness. Fortunately for Pixar, they’ve done that quite a bit with the Toy Story films, Monsters Inc., and Up.  I’m proud to say that they’ve done it again with their latest film, Inside Out. I didn’t know a lot about what the movie was about going into it other then the basic idea of it, nor was I extraordinarily excited about it, but this movie completely blew me away and will have me thinking for weeks.

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Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias) is a normal young girl with loving parents who one day has to undergo a move from her house in Minnesota, leaving her hockey team and friends behind, to San Francisco. While normally keeping things under control in her mind’s control room, Riley’s emotions begin spiraling out of control not being sure on how to handle something like this. Joy (Amy Poehler) is getting increasingly worried that Sadness (Phyllis Smith) is going to turn all of Riley’s “core memories” into sad ones, which she doesn’t need at this point in her life. This clash of interests sends Joy and Sadness on a journey through Riley’s mind, leaving Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) in charge. While Joy and Sadness work to get Riley’s life back on track, the other emotions may inadvertently cause her to do something drastic.

While Toy Story and it’s sequels appealed to kids who obviously love their toys and Monsters Inc. let kids face their fears in a humorous way, I’m not very sure that Inside Out will stay with kids as much as it will teenagers and adults. This movie deals with complex human emotions using different personifications and metaphors to explain them, that I feel only people who is of the age to wrap their head around these ideas are going to feel the overwhelming happiness and appreciation that I have for this movie. Like the emotions and processes of though that it is personifying, this is actually a pretty complex film.

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What other movie can you say actually had its characters ride the Train of Thought? That’s only one example of the fine creativity that is at work here. There’s another great scene where a few of the characters enter the realm of abstract thought, resulting in some great animation but also unusually intelligent psychological banter. Really, the whole world of Riley’s mind is a place to behold. It’s so colorful and full of movement and different mind employees that there are plenty of things to laugh at and enjoy onscreen at any one moment. It’s no surprise that this movie looked so beautiful, considering Pixar has never really made an ugly movie.

Once again, like all of the emotions of Inside Out, your own emotions will run the gauntlet. This is promise you. Remember the first 15 minutes or so of Up? The movie doesn’t quite hit you that hard, but the sadness that you feel is a kind of nostalgic sadness. There are moments in this movie where you’ll look back on your own childhood and remember feeling a way that is shown in the movie. In that same vein, however, this movie will make you laugh, and laugh a lot. How extreme the emotions act with each other is such a joy to watch along with all of the mental puns thrown throughout. Also, the fact that Anger is always reading a newspaper can’t be a coincidence. It’s a perfectly casted movie with nearly perfect writing.

Simply put, Inside Out is probably going to be one of the best films I’ll see this entire year, and definitely one that’s destined to be a classic. I don’t mean that just for animated movies, but for movies in general. While I can’t say it’s exactly for kids, I’m sure kids will really enjoy the movie, but adults are going to have the times of their lives with this movie. It’s undeniably smart, highly emotional, and just completely beautiful. It would be a sin to miss out on this film, so please don’t.

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