Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)


We are all slaves to our emotions; joy, sadness, anger, disgust and fear. Inside 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), Joy (Amy Poehler) has most of the control, helping curb the influences of neurotic Fear (Bill Hader), aggressive Anger (Lewis Black), cynical and sarcastic Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and most importantly of all, depressing Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Inside Out is Pixar’s 15th animated film.

In cinemas, the film is preceded by the musical short Lava, which was absolutely fantastic. I will always be impressed by the way Pixar is able to build a connection between viewers and inanimate objects in just a few minutes, when other films struggle to make this connection in hours

+ first and foremost, the film simply looks amazing. All the characters, human or emotion, move fluently, and particular detail is placed on the facial expressions of Riley, as her Emotions alter her emotions accordingly
+ Joy (Amy Poehler) takes centre stage as the most featured Emotion, and acts as a mixture between her Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope and Tinker Bell
+ although Joy is the ‘main’ emotion portrayed, the most amusing moments come from Sadness and Fear. Sadness (Phyllis Smith), in particular, received the biggest laughs, purely because everything she does is just so depressing, and she sucks the joy out of every situation (except Joy herself). Similarly, it is the way Fear (Bill Hader) jumps and twitches at every little thing, whilst babbling in Hader’s distinguishable voice (he was Flint Lockwood in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) that ensures his different style of humour shines
+ not all laughs, the film is able to become genuinely emotional at times, and a few tears were nearly shed

Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, the Emotions inside everybody's head
Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, the Emotions inside everybody’s head

+ many supporting characters (including one un-advertised extra that had a surprisingly large role in the film) give reasons to laugh even when only appearing for a few lines each
+ Riley’s parents, voiced by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan, but never named, are the emotional support, and the few glimpses into their heads provide more laughs, which older viewers may connect with more
+ further insight into the minds of the film’s minor characters over the credits were very enjoyable

> one scene in particular legitimately left me a bit creeped out, but I know my fears are not reciprocated by others. Maybe I’m just a coward

Should you see this film: Absolutely. This film will keep young viewers occupied with bright colours and sight gags, but I think it is the older viewers that will get the most out of the jokes and certainly the messages the film is sending. See this movie, with anyone you can get to go with you.

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