Pixar has always had an uncanny ability to tug at my heartstrings better than any studio. As it stands, the score for making me cry during a movie has Pixar in first place with a score of 5. Scratch that, 6. The sixth Pixar film to make me feel a knot in my throat/water to come to my eyes not only did it once: it caused the feels three times!
Inside Out follows that inclination you've always had to personalize your emotions, bringing the five main emotions (Joy, Saddness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear) to the screen as accurate and hilarious cartoons, introducing a new world and provoking my imagination to run wild. Pixar does this almost after every movie. Toy Story is perhaps the best example. It introduced this world in which our toys came alive. I don't know about you, but I treated my toys with a certain respect after watching Toy Story. Inside Out is a lot like that. As I sit here typing this review, I'm thinking about my memories and personifying the five core emotions reacting. Possibly Inside Out's best accolade is one that most Pixar movies share, and that is its originality.
Another huge plus for this film would be its performances. Amy Phoeler, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith are the three big standouts to me. That's not to say everyone else does a bad job though. Everyone delivers at least one guffaw of laughter or a pull at the heartstrings. That being said, Lewis Black (Anger) delivers the most laughs and giggles. Just saying.
No movie can be perfect however. Inside Out does stumble in a few places. Something I felt was a bit lacking was the score. As stupid as this may sound, I felt the score was a bit childish sounding at times. Michael Giacchino's score while admittedly good didn't have the same impact it did for me in other films such as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes or Up. I know, I know, scores for family films are a bit more lighthearted and such. All I'm saying is that it didn't really impress me. Another fault in Inside Out is that the movie slows down in the middle somewhere, but it picks up relatively quickly after that little lull in the film.
It doesn't matter who you are, what age you are, or what type of movie delights you. Inside Out is guaranteed fun, laughs, and feels. It's a true family movie. I.e. it's a movie kids will like and adults won't feel their IQ drop. Let me put it this way, if you don't feel a twinge of emotion, you probably need to go back to the Borg Collective or Skynet. Best Pixar film since Toy Story 3. Go see it.