Well we are a little late to the party, but just having seen this with my children, here is the review for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out,
I will start this off a little differently and review their short film Lava first which was shown before the feature film. For an animated short, the ability for Pixar to make you care and feel for the characters within 5 minutes is truly amazing. Who would have thought a love story about two volcanos could be so moving, heart-breaking and inspiring.
Then there is the animation its self, which is flawless, practically crossing the line into reality, its smooth, polished and just so realistic, in short, its breath-taking how far Pixar have come. I can’t praise this short enough and I hope it gains the recognition it deserves.
Now for the Main review, Inside out is a unique concept, with the main characters existing within the mind of a young girl. We have several hilarious characters here: Joy, Sadness, Anger (my personal favourite) disgust and Fear.
The Young girl in question is Riley, who’s world is turned upside down when her family move to San Francisco, Joy has her work cut out for her trying to keep Riley happy throughout the whole situation. But when things inside Riley’s mind spiral out of control, that’s when the real adventure begins.
Riley’s core memories are lost along with Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) leaving the worst of her emotions at the controls, could Riley ever find joy or her best memories again?
As you would expect with Pixar, along the way we bump into some memorable characters. The animation again is what you would expect from modern day standards, but their attention to detail in the smallest things makes you appreciate it all the more.
Throughout the film, myself and my two boys found ourselves engrossed in the story. This maybe the most heart-breaking tale Pixar have ever told. Who wouldn’t shed a tear for the beloved character Bing Bong (seriously it was just a little dust in my eyes, I’m fine!)
It’s not all sad though, we get some hilarious glimpse into how the emotions of others react within their minds, Dad’s being the highlight of these). What is interesting though is the concept that we are not the ones in control, we are guided by our emotions and ultimately they make our decisions for us. But obviously take this for what it is, an out the box idea for a great children’s film.
Pixar’s nearly unblemished track record (nobody mention cars 2 …. Or planes 2!) speaks for its self here and it’s easy to see why this has become a smash hit. Its engaging to all ages, thought provoking and dared to show a lot of real emotion.
Not every Pixar film can be a classic, but this one has all the makings of a timeless and memorable story that can be enjoyed as a family for years to come. So Bravo Pixar, this one will be hard to follow up.
Pixar’s next feature “The Good Dinosaur” (out in November) will have a lot to live up to, as honestly, Inside out has raised the bar for them.
This is a Beautiful looking film, with a heart and that on its own makes this great
5/5 Stars, Pixar have done it again, the emotions of this film will stay with me for a long time.
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