So it should come as no surprise that the minute I saw the trailer for Inside Out that I was excited. You know a trailer is doing the right thing when it makes you laugh your ass off and want to see more! And it looks like I’m not the only one – because since its release, Inside Out has been met with overwhelming critical acclaim. Not since Frozen has there been a film with this much hype – in some countries (like Mexico) it’s even BEATEN Frozen at the box office – and that’s no small feat.
But, with all the positivity surrounding it, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype. You may remember when I reviewed Frozen on my last blog I considered it a good film, but overrated. So recently I went to my local cinema (or movie theatre depending on what country you’re from) and watched it in glorious 3D.
So – does Inside Out deserve the hype?
Two words… HELL YES!!!
Now, I don’t wanna really spoil too much about the plot so I’ll just give the basics. The story focuses on Riley, a girl who is controlled by five emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Joy tries to maintain control and keep Riley happy, but when Sadness starts to interfere with her core memories, they are accidentally sucked from the control console and into Riley’s mind. With Anger, Disgust and Fear controlling Riley, Joy and Sadness – with the help of Bing Bong (at one time Riley’s imaginary friend) they must get back to try and fix Riley before her emotions run out of control.
Animation wise, it’s just perfect to watch. Just like any other Pixar film, each frame is beautifully detailed and colourful – the 3D really helping to bring out the colour. Even though most of it is mostly fantasy (or rather a fictional interpretation of the inside of someone’s mind) the world feels real and imaginative enough for you to believe this could be how the human mind works!
The emotions themselves are extremely well thought out and each character is wonderfully crafted. With the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Kyle MacLachlan(and even Frank Oz in a minor role) bringing each of them to life in turn, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. Even Joy, who is somewhat controlling and overly optimistic is a brilliant protagonist – with Sadness being another one that you can’t help but love. Myself, I really loved Bing Bong and Anger – his outbursts were just hilarious. And Bing Bong was a great addition to the cast and really added a childlike POV to the story.
And prior to the film we got a little animated short called Lava. I never thought I could feel sorry for a volcano – but that’s the Pixar way!
Once again Pixar have outdone themselves by creating a movie that is beautiful, imaginative, funny and downright sad. Only Up has ever taken me on such and emotional journey and made manly tears drop from my eyes more than once. Then again, this film WAS directed by Pete Docter, so it’s not surprising I keep making comparisons. Dare I say it – it has more emotional depth and psychological impact in just five minutes than Frozen did in its entire run. Well, in my opinion anyway.
Inside Out definitely deserves all the hype it’s been getting – and if anything it deserves MORE hype! I cannot recommend this film enough whether you’re a casual viewer or a fan of animated films. Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy as your eyes will need a clean by the end of it.
All above images owned by Disney/Pixar.