Published on July 24th, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
MOVIE REVIEW: Inside Out
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters.
After a two year absence and a trio of below par to OK movies in Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University, Pixar are back with their most inventive, thought provoking and tear jerking movies yet. Director Pete Doctor, who brought two of Pixar’s best, Monsters Inc. and Up, had the idea of seeing a young child’s world from the emotions inside their head over 6 years ago. This tiny idea has blossomed into a staggeringly emotional roller-coaster, one which will have you laughing and crying even within the same scene.
From the moment a new-born Riley opens her eyes we’re introduced to Joy, an almost annoyingly positive emotion who rules Riley thoughts and tries to keep everyone positive. When Sadness suddenly starts to change some of Riley’s memories, the two are accidentally transported to long term memory and have to try to find a way back to headquarters. This isn’t made easy with Fear, Anger and Disgust in control. With this simple premise it gives the makers a rich base to throw up all kinds of coming of age scenarios which every cinema-goer will have had at one time in their lives.
The voice cast are top notch, like every other Pixar flick, with Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith being the standouts. Everyone else has their moments to shine as well, even with the littlest of roles getting some kind of emotional pay off with Richard Kind’s character Bing Bong getting this writer right in the heartstrings. The other interesting plot points are seeing other people’s emotion as well and the difference they are from person to person.
This universal idea is why people from 5 to 100 will have a ball and as it’s not an overly childish flick it has jokes for all ages. This is in my top 5 movies of the year and you will not be disappointed either, go see it now.
‘Inside Out’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Pixar return with their most deliriously enjoyable movie in 5 years, it's good to have the good times back.