Howdy people of the internet, time for a new film review and the film I’ll be discussing today is Inside Out. Now I have been waiting to see this film for what feels like the longest time and the fact that the US have had this film for a whole month before us in the UK has just made the wait that much worse, but it FINALLY came out today and I’m ready to pass judgement!
To put it simply I really liked the story. Besides a few hiccups in the filmography, Pixar have always found a way to be incredibly inventive, smart and relatable with their plots and Inside Out is no exception. While it is a film primarily focused on the emotions in one girl’s head, there is a big adventure that takes place not only inside her head but also in the real world around her that affects her parents and interactions with everyone else she meets. And just like the best of Pixar’s films there are lessons to be learnt and dramatic moments that make you feel. This film not only demonstrates the importance of balancing one’s emotions, but also the pros and cons of using/ignoring certain ones in specific situations. Also there were at least two or three moments where I felt some man tears coming up as things got pretty heavy emotionally and i swear Pixar know how to touch that emotional nerve in such a beautiful way. Oh and I the film is incredibly funny with some stellar jokes and physical humour that just killed me. I will say that there were some aspects of the story that did annoy me or I felt weren’t as strong as some of Pixar’s previous efforts but those were nitpicking issues at best.
As for the voice cast, they were amazing. Amy Poehler as Joy was just incredible. Joy was this energetic, caring and high-spirited emotion who was the core of Riley and one of the centers of the film. Poehler was simply great in this role, you could hear her pouring her heart and soul into this role as feel so engaged in her character. Someone who is just as important is Phyllis Smith as Sadness, this character was very depressing and gloomy, and while she wasn’t around to intentionally cause trouble, sometimes she did. What I liked about this character is that she’s down in the dumps, but is also very funny and relatable and Smith just kills with her voice work. Together Poehler and Smith have wonderful chemistry with awesome banter and emotional moments. Then there’s Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger and Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and they were all great. Each of them have their moment individually to stand out but it is when they’re together, that’s when the magic happens, Fear is a nervous wreck and is quick to caution, Anger is just ready to find a reason to be aggressive and Disgust is so sassy and disapproving and it’s fun to see them interact. I would say that Anger was my favourite because Black’s voice just made me smile so much. Oh and then there’s Richard Kind as Bing Bong, this had to be one of the best characters in the film because he was so funny, strange and lovely, but also provided some of the best moments in the film and Kind’s voice work was excellent. Kaitlyn Dias was pretty good as Riley Anderson, while Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan were completely unrecognisable to my ears as Riley’s mom and Riley’s dad, but they were great in their roles too.
When it comes to the presentation it was great. Visually the film was just beautiful with such detailed CGI for the humans and realistic locations, but even more impressive was the use of colour, textures and shape for all the emotions and other characters that occupied Riley’s head. I also loved the physical representations of how the mind works, how personality and memories were put together and there was just SO much creative and wacky things that I loved. And there’s the music which was done by my man Michael Giacchino, I swear this man can do no wrong. While it was certainly not as easy to recognise as some of his previous work I will say that it had that emotional impact and lovely versatility that was needed for a film like this.
In conclusion Inside Out is definitely a return to form for Pixar. This film demonstrates the studio’s creativity, innovation and fun factor in a really wonderful way with a solid story, memorable characters, plenty of laughs and the emotional core that these films are known for. While I wouldn’t say its my favourite Pixar film, it is definitely on the higher end of the list of their work.
So have you seen Inside Out and if so what did you think of it? Do you believe that it was a return to form for Pixar or were you expecting more? Please be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀