Pixar's latest animated adventure focuses on five emotions in a little girls head. When Riley's core memories are knocked out of place, Joy and Sadness must embark on an adventure through Riley's mind to restore them and stop Riley from making a huge emotionally driven mistake.
Finally we in the UK have been graced with Inside Out, the newest film from Pixar, the studio best known for Toy Story, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. Was it worth the wait?
Absolutely it was, Inside Out is an absolute masterpiece. Pixar have only had a couple of blunders in their resume as of yet but Inside Out is certainly one of their all time best. Inside Out is filled with adventure, humor, great characters and a whole lot of emotion. Inside Out's premise is nothing greatly original, but it's all in the execution. Pete Doctor, the director responsible for two of Pixar's most respected flicks (Monsters Inc, Up) does a fantastic job here. The world that he creates within the mind of Riley is a deep, lively and interesting one. What I always admire about Pixar is that the world is never literally ending, but that's the emotion that the characters are feeling and with Inside Out, the stakes feel incredibly high. Whereas I felt Pete Doctor's Up peaked within it's first tear jerking 10 minutes, Inside Out gradually and gradually becomes more emotionally investing.
Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) are the five emotions driving Riley through all of her decisions. Just from the names and designs these characters may look like they'd be very one dimensional, but there is a lot more going on with each of these characters. Riley is a young girl and of course at that age she's experiencing many different emotions which makes the whole film feel incredibly unpredictable and all the more thrilling for it.
The story is pretty simple but what makes Inside Out such a special film is the connection you will feel towards Riley. You spend the majority of the film inside her head, you know what she loves, what she hates and what she's feeling in every single moment, so by the end of the film, it's almost impossible not to get a little bit choked up. Joy is the character we follow throughout and her connection to Riley was incredibly endearing.
As a child in a very happy family, a lot of Riley's memories are joyful, but as she matures, emotions like Sadness begin to take over uncontrollably and this is what sets our story in motion. When Joy and Sadness are lost within Riley's long term memory, Anger, Fear and Disgust are left fumbling at the controls, unsure of how to keep Riley functioning normally and desperate for Joy to return and bring back Riley's smile.
Much like the majority of Pixar's 15 films, Inside Out is not a children's film, it just so happens to be very child friendly. This film carries a lot of mature themes, some that children will struggle to understand, but the humor, characters and vibrant visuals should keep those of a younger age entertained throughout. The script is wildly funny and contains many jokes that only adults will understand, the gravity and sophistication in which Inside Out's story is told might make this film Pixar's most mature to date, despite the child friendly appearance. If you're looking for a straight up kids movie, then Minions might be the one for you, but if you want an intelligent, witty and absolutely beautifully put together film, you won't do much better than Inside Out.
Inside Out is by far one of 2015's absolute best and is one you will not want to miss. Not a lot of films are perfect, but Inside Out is pretty darn close.
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