Inside Out

by | Jun 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Pixar Amazes Us Yet Again

Pixar has done it again. After every Pixar movie, since Toy Story I’ve always asked myself the same question: “how can they ever top this?” Every subsequent Pixar film is better and more creative than the last. Their latest film, Inside Out, doesn’t fail this trend at all; in fact it might be one of the few flawless films in quite some time.

Inside Out takes place mostly inside an 11-year-old girl, named Riley’s, head. In her head we see a control room that is run by Riley’s emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Riley is a generally happy person, but suddenly she and her parents are forced to move from their home in Minnesota to San Francisco. This causes for some serious tumult with her emotions, which result in Joy and Sadness stuck far from headquarters in long-term memory with Riley’s displaced “core memories.” Core memories are the essential memories that make one’s persona: think of them as traits. So essentially the film gives us a road journey for the kids to enjoy (Joy and Sadness’ journey) while the adults deal with the more philosophical aspects of the film.

I have to confess that I am not able to find one single moment that outshines over the rest. Every scene is absolutely perfect, and what’s more is that the film makes sense. What I mean by that is: in most films you find the story is moved around a lot by luck and non-credible circumstances, Inside Out however, had perfectly mapped out its story so that, essentially, the film makes logical sense. I think that it’s this aspect of carefully preening the storyboard, which allows for every scene to be enjoyed. Plus this allowed for the writers to insert an insane amount of comedy, where I think every joke worked perfectly for its designated audience.

What I think Pixar has always done well is that it doesn’t make films only for kids. It makes films that have an almost balanced entertainment level for both kids and adults. And this can range from the character choices, to the story, and of course the comedy. With Inside Out I found that Pixar had found a way to appease a greater amount of people: teenagers, movie buffs, and philosophers.

I don’t want to give too much away from the film, because the real magic has to be experienced. I only have to say that you will undoubtedly be wowed by its originality, laugh at its jokes, and cry at its moments. 







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