Archive: Inside Out (2015) A Review

To date this is my favourite of Pixar’s films that I have seen.  I loved it when I saw it in the cinema and it still makes me happy after so many re-watches.  A strong Recommend!

Certificate: U

Director: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen (co-director)

Screenwriter: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen

Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Genre: Animation, Kids

Runtime: 95 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Star

Reviewed by: Pearl

After Riley and her family move from Minnesota to San Francisco, her emotions Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear have very different idea about how they should process the new environment.  But when Joy and Sadness get lost, they have to watch as her emotions go wild and the Riley that they love starts to disappear.

This is a great concept for a kids film.  We all know that Pixar love to put a message in their films, and this one is the best at doing that.  It teaches children about their emotions, and that it is OK to not always be OK, but it does in with bright colours, witty dialogue and a fluffy, pink elephant-cat-dolphin.  This is my favourite of the Pixar library that I have seen up til now.  There are parts that will make you laugh, parts that you will be able to empathize with, even as adults, and parts that actually get really emotional (Take her to the moon for me ☹).  Altogether this film comes together to make a pretty great package.

Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith play Joy and Sadness and they have a great relationship.  As they really are the backbone of the film as the entire story revolves around the two of them, their performances really are what the film hinges on.  Below par voice acting from these two would have meant a sub-par film.  But luckily, they, and everyone else in this film, give a great performance.  They bring all their individual emotions to life in a really fantastic way and it’s a joy to watch (no pun intended.)

The imagination that must have gone into the creation of the world is astounding.  They really have thought of everything.  I was blown away by the things that they managed to bring to life here and the complex way that they created the whole working environment.  Huge credit to the creative minds behind this film.  The little peeks into the minds of the surrounding characters also add a great bit of humour to the film too.

A few of the heavier and more technical aspects of the film may go over the head of younger viewers who will just watch it for the bright characters and kid like humour, but for older kids and adults this is a real treat.  For those with Disney+, Inside out is free to stream now.

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