Inside out- Review

Inside Out (2015) Poster


Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler Amy Poehler
Joy (voice)
Phyllis Smith Phyllis Smith
Sadness (voice)
Richard Kind Richard Kind
Bing Bong (voice)
Bill Hader Bill Hader
Fear (voice)
Lewis Black Lewis Black
Anger (voice)
Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling
Disgust (voice)
Kaitlyn Dias Kaitlyn Dias
Riley (voice)

Plot- 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.

Review- Inside out is Pixars 15th film and it’s a masterpiece of imagination and thought, (even if it does appear to have been stolen from The Beano’s  strip The Numbskulls,) it shows that sometimes it’s all right to be sad and that message is a very valid one.

I’m also not certain that it’s a childrens film.

Let me explain.

This is an animated film, that (when it’s inside the child’s head,) is bright and colorful and full of beautiful imagery, with lively characters and a fast moving plot. However, its a deeper film than you would expect. Dealing with questions about the mind, and about forgetting the past learning to move on, that whilst highly effective on me, completely lost several of the younger members of the audience (especially one young group sitting directly behind me.)

With that minor quibble aside, this is an amazing movie and defiantly a return to form for Pixar after a string of highly profitable but creatively bankrupt ideas. The characters are well thought out and the script successfully juggles what is essentially two story threads with both directly impacting the other. (The world inside Rileys head as well as the real world)

The voice-work is all spot and there was definitely  an onion cutting ninja lurking around my seat at certain points.

The film is also preceded by a rather good short film about a lonely volcano called Lava. 

Aside from keeping the under 8’s away from this film do I have any complaints? No. None. The more I think about this film, the better it gets.

Rating- See It Now! 


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