Cert: PG Runtime: 94 mins Director: Pete Docter & Ronald Del Carmen Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Richard Kind
Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems
The wait is over and Pixar are back with their latest Inside Out. Potentially one of the most interesting premises for a film for a long time. Pixar haven’t had the best run as of late we have had Cars 2, Monsters University and Brave I haven’t been overlay amazed by them. Inside Out promised to be Pixar back on form and back with fresh ideas. They will also be bringing out The Good Dinosaur later on in 2015 so double the Pixar goodness. What is Inside Out about you say? Pixar’s latest imaginative adventure takes us inside the mind of a 12-year-old girl. Have you ever looked at someone and wondered: what are they thinking? Well the latest movie from Pixar, creators of Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E, provides the answer. Young girl Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) has just moved to a new city with her Mum (Diane Lane) and Dad (Kyle MacLachlan). She must adjust to a new environment and school – but the real adventure is taking place inside her head as Riley’s emotions, Joy, Happiness, Fear, Sadness, Disgust and Anger, try and steer her through this topsy-turvy period in her life.
There was a lot of hype going into Inside Out but Pixar are back. I wasn’t to sure of Lava it wasn’t bad but I was slightly bored. This is by far one of the most original movies in a very very very long time. The premise alone is one of the most imaginative premise Pixar has done. The animation is breathtakingly good, like all Pixar films. Pixar still knows how animate humans and it shows in this movie. In San Francisco, the animation is very down-to-earth, and what life should be. In Riley’s mind, it’s more creative and colorful. Riley’s mind takes place most in headquarters, but when Joy and Sadness gets lost, we are introduced to very creative places like Imagination Land and Hockey Land. I love how long term memory is depicted as long shelves that hold core memories. Memories in this movie are depicted as glowing balls that are different colored depending on which emotion. It is very well beautifully animated. The voice acting is phenomenal. Amy Poehler as Joy is great, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, and Lewis Black as Anger are all perfectly cast as well. The characters are great too. Joy is the head of the group, keeping Riley happy throughout the day.
The other emotions get good amount of screen time, but the film mostly focuses on Joy and Sadness. Riley is a great character too. She’s also the main focus in the story. I find her interesting because the emotions are in charge of her. Every thought she thinks, everything she says is all the emotions. Riley becomes uncontrollable when Joy and Sadness get sucked out of headquarters and into long term memory. No joy equals no happy Riley. The writers make her pretty likable as well. The film becomes a tearjerker probably when we meet Bing Bong (voiced by Richard Kind), Riley’s imaginary friend from childhood. He is introduced in long term memory, and his fate might have you tears. What can I say other than Pixar is back? The animation is brilliant, the characters are all likeable, it is very emotional and funny, and the story is fantastic. Michael Giacchino’s score is absolutely beautiful, his best score since Up. His score is this movie is some of his best, if not his best of his career. The short film before the film Lava is pretty good too, but Inside Out knocks it out of the park.