Ah, Inside Out: the Pixar film that nigh everyone says is a masterpiece, an absolutely marvelous film! Do I agree with this consensus or do I think that this film is overrated? Well, read on to find out!
The film is about a 12-year-old girl named Riley. Actually, that’s only partially correct. The focus is actually not on Riley, but on 5 of her inner emotions. They are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger, voiced by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, and Lewis Black, respectively.
They work in the “headquarters” of her mind and do their best job at protecting Riley, helping her make good decisions, and keeping her happy, overall. Joy is the leader of the emotions and so far, Riley’s life has been well-managed by them. However, when Riley’s parents decide that they need to move to another state, the emotions are somewhat taken by surprise! With regards to moving somewhere totally new and meeting total strangers with hopes of becoming friendly with them, Riley isn’t all that happy about the change.
In fact, she literally starts to have a mental breakdown as Joy and Sadness get lost in the inner workings of her mind thereby leaving only Fear, Disgust, and Anger to take care of Riley. It’s up to Joy and Sadness to find their way back to headquarters before Riley does anything drastic!
Ok, so do I think this film is a masterpiece or do I think that it’s overrated? I THINK THIS FILM IS A MASTERPIECE!
I LOVE this film! This is one of two films (the other being Spirited Away) that I’m literally jealous of, mostly due to the writing. The way the writers thought up a story to explain abstract concepts such that a young child can understand and relate to is simply phenomenal! Some of these concepts include change, loneliness, fears, train of thought, déjà vu, memory loss, earworms, long-term memory, memory recall, apathy, imagination, dream production, and abstract thought.
Every time I watch the film, I always notice something new and realize that the animators/filmmakers really did their homework with this film. For example, one thing that I’m curious about is that in the inner workings of Riley’s mind, there are “workers” who take care of her memory. But, these “workers” are not designed in the same way as the emotions. Whilst the emotions are more figurine-like, these “workers” appear to not have any design at all besides that of roundish blobs! Why is that? Does this mean that they’re not fully developed in Riley’s mind, hence their design isn’t fully developed? Does anyone know? Am I just looking too deeply into this?
Another thing to mention about this film is that it is quite emotional! I’m happy (well, that’s too strong a word, but still) to say that this is the first movie that I’ve ever cried at and I’m sure if you’re a movie crier, you’re definitely going to be bawling at this film!
Regarding the technical aspects, the voice acting is really good even resulting in Annie Award nominations for both Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith. The animation is good as well, making some of the emotions more ethereal in looks rather than simply solid. I also think the score is amazing, as well! I’m a guy who almost NEVER notices scores, so the fact that I noticed this one AND am able to remember it afterwards really says something!
Summing up, this is an amazing film and if it doesn’t win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, something’s gone wrong! Heck, if it doesn’t get a Best Original Screenplay and Best Score nomination, I think something’s gone wrong! If this film could get a Best Picture nomination, that’d be awesome! I doubt it’ll happen, but it’d be no surprise if it did! It hasn’t taken over Monsters, Inc. to become my favorite Pixar film ever, but it has surpassed Toy Story 3 to become my second favorite Pixar film ever!