Inside Out warms you Outside In
G 94 mins
Director: Pete Doctor
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Kyle MacLachlan
Plot: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Review: From the brilliant studio that brought us unforgettable films such as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc and Up we now get the instant classic Inside Out.
When Riley, a beautiful baby girl is born she has only one thing in her mind, and that's Joy. But things soon get crowded as she feels other emotions and they all vie for control of Riley. Now eleven years old Riley is upheaved from everything she knows and loves with a move to San Francisco, and with Sadness slowly taking over will Joy be able to keep things from falling apart or will Fear and Anger destroy this once bright mind.
Pixar have without doubt brought us one brilliant film after another, there are some that aren't as strong but they are all great in their own right. Inside Out carries on this tradition but also carves its own unique way through. The story is very well played out and very well written to keep audiences engaged, also with a runtime of just over an hour and a half it is the perfect length of time for children before it starts becoming a chore to sit and watch. The voice casting is as usual on point with Amy Poehler in the lead as Joy, the full of beans enthusiastic part of Riley's mind that always looks for the positive in any situation. We also have the great voice talents of Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust and the brilliant Phyllis Smith as Sadness. But let's not forget the minor roles in comparison of Riley herself voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as Mom & Dad and the always brilliant Richard Kind and John Ratzenberger who both have several Pixar credits to their name.
The animation is the best I've seen to date and just invites you in to become part of the fun. The film is bright and quick flowing so will keep the children amused and with the few but not distasteful adult jokes will keep everyone happy. Unfortunately there are some minor negatives, not because of film or storytelling errors but just things that will make the difference as a viewer. First of all there is what I consider to be a massive plot hole, however for the sake of having a running time of 94mins rather than 40mins I'll forgive them (Also it could be possible most people won't even think about it). The other problem with the film is, if you or your child is of a sensitive disposition take some tissues. There are moments throughout the film that will inevitably have your child crying if not in an incredibly sad mood, however this isn't a negative as much as it might sound because it is this feeling of sadness that as a viewer creates a emotional connection between you and the characters. So the negative is actually still a massive positive because just like the intro sequence in Up it will have you teary eyed but for all the right reasons.
So if you weren't already going because it's a Pixar film (and we all love those really) or because you just think it would be an hour and a half of quiet to take the kids, go! I don't even think you need a child to go see this as I would happily of gone without my daughter, she just made the experience mean so much more. Go and see it, go right now! ***** 5 Stars
There is also the added bonus as with the Pixar films of a short story before the feature. This in itself is very sad but also very joyous, maybe a good emotional warmer for what you are about to watch. *** 3 Stars