Well, sorry for the delay guys, I got caught up in all my university admissions, so I might not be able to put up stuff as soon as I want to, but don’t worry I don’t intend on stopping this by any means. So with all that said, let us move on with the review. Inside Out has been getting a ton of attention lately, it’s earned praises from many everywhere, and since I am a fan of Pete Docter and the fact that this film has been under my radar way before the film even got a title (I read stuff on Wikipedia, okay), it was natural that I would be excited to watch this movie, and boy did it deliver.
This is without a doubt one of Pixar’s best, well rounded works I have seen from them since Up and Ratatouille. It’s imaginative, it’s new, it’s creative and it’s engaging in the best possible way. Inside Out just gets it right. The story following that of an 11 year old girl named Riley who has moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, and the emotions inside her head, Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness. The movie follows her emotions trying to help her while she deals with moving away from her home and what follows is something I personally decided not to spoil, even though this film already came out in the U.S, I just stuck with not spoiling it, it is just too good not to.
What makes Inside Out work for me is how smart and inventive it is. It is the first Pixar film not to have a villian, it is something that I only realized after I finished watching it. The inventiveness comes from the world that Pete Docter creates and uses to its full potential, I mean never once in the plot did I find anything to be conveniently placed, never once did I feel it pulled off a Deus Ex Machina, because everything is so well placed and so well thought out it is just genius, and you know that a film is genius when it can do things like that, what surprised me about this film is that it was able to sell me on the fact that a world within our mind exists, it explains so many things like why forget stuff, why we become sad and down on our luck all of a sudden sometimes or how we just have upbeat moments, it is just classic Pixar in terms of great world building and storytelling.
Now, the voice acting is just spot on, in all honesty I cannot imagine anyone else doing the voices of these characters, I mean Amy Poehler as Joy (who was my favorite emotion), Lewis Black as Anger (who was my second favorite), Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Bill Hader as Fear, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, were perfect and not just them, even Katilyn Dias was an overlooked aspect of this film, who voices Riley, who just nails the spirit of being a 11 year old perfectly and she knocks it out of the park when it came to the emotional sequences that just made her my favorite part of the film. It all comes down to the great casting, and each character is so distinct in design, color and personality that you just recognize them instantly.
The animation, needless to say is astounding to look at, there are so many worlds, lands that just burst out with imagination, and you can’t expect to comprehend such things without great animation and design, and Pixar just nail it, it’s fluid, colorful and basically it’s Pixar at its best. It is no wonder that this movie took 3 years to make. The score by Michael Giacchino is one of the best parts about this movie, the music for every scene just works, the joyful scenes, the emotional ones, all of it just play so well together to make up for one of my favorite scores of all time, they are just to the point, and in many scenes, the music just defines the moment perfectly and adds the emotional weight wherever it needs to, it is seriously well done.
So with all that said, my only issue was that at times the film felt a bit too drawn out with the adventure of Joy and Sadness, it was well done and well executed but I think it could have been cut a bit short, but really apart from that, I hardly had any issues to begin with. Inside Out is Pete Docter’s masterpiece, it has terrific writing, probably one of the best I have come across ever, and it has great animation, phenomenal voice acting, a to-the-point score, great world building and above all a great concept that is executed magnificently. It provides a great message when it concludes, one that will stick with me for the rest of my life. It is one of the best Pixar works and if you are wondering where it stands on my list, it probably would make number 3, and if you really want to know, yes I cried while watching this movie. It is the best film of the year so far and without a doubt gets an ‘A+’.
Final Rating: A+
So there is my long awaited review, sorry for the heavy delay guys, I am just caught up in all these college admissions, so I am really busy, I will release my countdown list as promised by tomorrow, I will try my best, if not definitely by day after, but it will come, after that, there might be a longer hiatus as I am not really watching any movie soon, but don't worry I will try to come up with something, but until then guys,
Cheers...and take care