Review: Pixar makes another winner in “Inside Out”


Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, and Kyle MacLachlan
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Rated: PG
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In the latest Pixar movie, we get to meet the emotions that live inside our head. In this case, we get to see the ones that live insider 12 year old Riley’s mind as she tries to adjust to life in San Fransisco after she is forced to move there from Minnesota.

Pixar is known for creating these movies and characters that can anybody of any age can relate to. This movie is no different. While the movie takes place inside a 12 year old girl’s head, both males and females ages 4 to 104 will walk out of the theater knowing they just watched something special.

To the kids, they may not quite fully understand the struggle of the emotions that we have, while the adults will understand it all too well. (especially the scene when you get to see the ‘emotions’ inside the parents’ heads).

The actors to play the voices for the emotions were absolutely perfect (with Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith leading the charge). As you can imagine, those two emotions butt heads and it takes a little adventure for Joy (Poehler) to see that sometimes you need Sadness (Smith) to enjoy Joy. This is probably the best themes that the movie portrayed.

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Unlike many other (perhaps all other Disney/Pixar movies), this movie centered around a family where both parents (yes BOTH parents) where alive and well. The story shows how strong a family bond can be (when formed correctly) and how they can be the one of the staples that make up a person. The theme of ‘family’ is apparent in every one of Pixar’s films because that’s what Pixar and Disney promote. The importance of families.

The movie is certainly one of the better Pixar movies, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s the best (though the box office might make it seem like it is). It doesn’t have that charm that Up has, or the “quote ability” factor that Finding Nemo has, but it does have the ability to make you want to re-watch, and that’s really all you need.

The digital short before the movie called “Lava” was a beautiful story of a volcano looking for ‘lava’ aka love. The song is Hawaiian themed and definitely will tug on the heart strings. It sets the tone for the movie and compliments it well.

Inside Out is a fun movie that fits right into the mold that Pixar has become known for. It’s a timeless kind of movie that anybody can enjoy and relate to. And just like every other Pixar movie, it dives deeper into the human emotion but gives you that feeling that everything is going to be all right.

Rating: A

What did you think of the movie?



One thought on “Review: Pixar makes another winner in “Inside Out”

  1. Loved it! Thought the Lava short was kind of corny though haha. But for the feature? This is wonderfully simplistic and complex at the same time.

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