Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inside Out

Movie Name: Inside Out
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Stars: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paula Poundstone, Paula Pell, Bobby Moynihan, Frank Oz
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8

"Inside Out" marks another success story for Pixar, after a string of disappointing sequels and less than inspired original stories. Director Pete Docter achieves the rare feat of creating yet another classic and daring animated feature, following his previous hilarious forays "Monsters, Inc." and "Up". "Inside Out" follows the story of Riley, a young 11 year old, whose personality is overseen by different components, comprised of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Joy is mostly in charge of Riley's reactions and memories, however when Riley moves from her home state of Minnesota to San Francisco, a lot of her memories start getting tainted by Sadness. When the sparkly Joy tries to change the outcome of these memories, both she and Sadness get sucked out of the main "control room" and sent to the storage area of all memories. They both have to be resourceful and try to get back into the control room and help Riley avoid some seriously bad decisions. 
Pixar has always been smart in the way it combines stories that appeal to children, but also to adults, tackling issues that are complex using metaphors that are easy to digest to all crowds. It's a difficult task to achieve, and "Inside Out" is brilliant in the way it represents the inner depth of someones personality and reactions, in a way that is both inventive and endearing. Giving each side of Riley's personality a typification, allows the dynamics of this small group to be quirky and dynamic. It also allows to build the message that every part of someones life is tainted by both sadness and joy. It's a remarkable way of delivering a hefty message to an eclectic audience. The animation is simply stunning, as is the case with all the features delivered by Pixar. This time around it's fantastic that the story and film-making are on par with the visuals. A very good film!