Inside Out Review

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Inside Out doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it's a great film from Pixar with a strong universal message that will please both kids and adults.


Disney and Pixar have returned with another original animated film titled Inside Out, which follows the mind of a young girl as she struggles with a big family move. Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen‘s Inside Out is a sweet and touching film, reminding us that it’s okay to be sad sometimes.

Young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her parents have lived in Minnesota their whole lives and now they’ve made the leap to San Francisco due to her father’s job.

Now, she’s got no friends and no happy memories to cling onto as she finds her life drastically changing with no idea how to control it.

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out gives us a first hand look at emotions and how they function inside the brain of a young girl dealing with many changes.

It’s a sweet film that’s creative and touching, always poking at the heart in the most intimate of ways. And it’s not afraid to get dark and depressing and even sad, because it reminds us that sadness is okay and that being down is a natural and important part of life, because it leads to getting back up and enjoying everything that this huge world has to offer.

Pixar hasn’t been at the front-lines of Disney’s animation for a few years now, with most being turned off by Brave and the rising power of Disney Animation’s Frozen and Big Hero 6.

Also, Pixar has been doing a lot of sequels to established properties like Monsters University, Toy Story 3 and too many Cars movies.

But now they’re back with something completely original and it works. Inside Out feels like Pixar’s most human film yet, focusing on a real world situation and only making it “kid-friendly” as we venture into young Riley’s mind.

Everything on the outside isn’t too exaggerated or meant to make you laugh and smile, which is a welcoming change for a Pixar film.

Watching the popular animated studio take on such a task is a stunning accomplishment, because Inside Out‘s ability to dig deep and do more than entertain is quite surprising.

It strikes directly at the emotional core inside of all of us and it handles said emotions with the proper care needed to develop a story for all ages to take away something.

Kids might cling to the simple cute stuff, but adults should have no problem keeping their eyes peeled and maybe learning a thing or two as the film progresses.

And while Inside Out achieves all of that and then some, it’s still hard deeming it an instant classic or one of their best films ever. It’s a great one and one that carries a lot of weight, but I found myself struggling with calling it amazing.

The characters aren’t nearly as memorable as other Pixar classics. I found myself more invested with the overall story than everything inside of it that made the story stick so strongly.

Most of the voice acting is decent at best, with not one character truly sticking out and becoming something that I’d remember after a few weeks. But maybe that’s the point?

Maybe Pixar wanted to focus on an ensemble cast of decent voice actors and on-screen representations and less on creating timeless characters that will live on forever?

Inside Out doesn’t reinvent the wheel or change the game for animated original films whatsoever, but it does a fine job conveying its somewhat risky message and I applaud them for sticking to such a complex story. I don’t however feel the need to revisit the film anytime soon or even recommend it as something that you should rush out and see.

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