Review: Inside Out

Synopsis: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Smith
Release Date: 18th June 2015

I have seen Inside Out a total of three times. Three times since it has been released in Australian cinemas and it still reduces me to tears every time I see it. Inside Out is an incredibly special film, set in the mind of 11-year-old Riley, as she tries to get used to her new living situation.
Like many Pixar films, the animation is incredible. Every scene and image is immaculately beautiful and innovative. It’s dazzling intricate.
Those memory balls, or obs, have the most satisfying sound I’ve ever heard in cinema. It has a spectacular score crafted by Michael Giacchino; his fifth collaboration with Pixar.
The story itself has been executed so wonderfully, particularly when you think about how difficult the process must have been.
How do you show what happens inside someone’s head? How do you show their thought process, their emotions?
Pixar and Pete Docter have answered those questions in the form of 5 emotions: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust.
We follow the 5 emotions as they dictate Riley’s thoughts and personality.
Amy Poehler is remarkable as joy. She brings life, sweetness, energy and, of course, joy, into a character, that in the hands of someone else, could have been found to be annoying, arrogant and overpowering. While Joy is all these things in the beginning, she goes on her own journey to realise that other emotions, like Sadness, do have a purpose.
Sadness, voiced by The Office’s Phyllis Smith, is extraordinary. Smith brings the perfect amount of nuance to the voice of Sadness; she makes us laugh, she makes us cry. Another actor that needs to be mentioned is Richard Kind, who voices Bing Bong – Riley’s imaginary friend. It is his scenes that had me welling up, trying to tell myself not to cry. I won’t go into that too much, for fear of spoiling the story for you.
Inside Out digs deeper than any other Pixar film.

After a slump in their most recent productions (Cars 2, Monsters University), Inside Out is a perfect example of the type of movie that Pixar has become a powerhouse for. They make movies with powerful messages and impacts. Movies that tug at your heartstrings and tear up your eyes. They’re movies that appeal to everyone and will leave an impact of everyone who watches it. Inside Out is a perfect encapsulation for what Pixar stands for.

Inside Out is clever, powerful, ambitious, intelligent, emotional and one of Pixar’s best.

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