theatrical movie review
Date Stamp: June 19, 2015
Studio: Pixar / Disney
Reviewed by: Jordan C.
It’s hard to lose with a Pixar film. Child, adult, or smelly old person, these films tend to satisfy all. However, with their first collabo with Marvel, Big Hero 6, just recently under their belts, all that’s on my mind when it comes to Pixar is The Incredibles 2. CG and capes are a match made in Valhalla and I want more! So, up against that complete bias, what did I think of Pixar’s latest offering, Inside Out? Loved it.
If you haven't figured it out yet, Pixar want to make you cry. Forget their mastery of CG, this team specializes in pulling heart strings. If you can make it through Inside Out without waterworks, congratulations, you are a cold-hearted bastard. And not only is this film full of feeling, it's really smart too! Like it could double as an educational video for schools, the way it expertly teaches us about the brain and its inner workings. Children most often act out due to factors out of their control and usually beyond their current comprehension. This movie manages to serve us these complex ideas in bite size morsels (or more aptly, illustrates the ideas with colourful characters). Our main character is a 14 year-old girl named Riley and we get to see what’s going on in her head. Once inside, we meet five personified emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust) and are given the basic layout of the brain. This reference is going to date me, but Inside Out is similar to the ‘90s sitcom Herman’s Head…if that show actually had a brain.
Like most Pixar movies, Inside Out is full of top notch voice work. How can you not appreciate the brilliant casting of Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) as Disgust, Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins) as Fear, or Lewis Black (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Anger? And vet Richard Kind (Gotham) steals the show as Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong. Even Yoda himself, voicing legend Frank Oz shows up in a cameo role!
Disney catch a lot of flack for Disney-fying their snatched up subsidiaries, but Pixar has always carried the Disney torch and do an amazing job of keeping old Walt’s dream relevant. Inside Out is a prefect example.