Whenever we use the phrase, “I wonder what goes on inside your head”, you think it’s like a control panel where every different emotion controls it and programs you how you feel or react to things.
Welp, examples have happen before but nothing on the scale as of this latest animated movie from Disney and Pixar.
Ah, yes, Pixar. You knew them as the top dogs of animated movies that filled you not only with laughs but with a lot of emotion and originality behind it, but unfortunately like any other studio or person, they hit a bad turn when movies like Cars or Cars 2 was bad, Brave was underwhelming and Monsters University was OK but not top Pixar quality.
Now with Inside Out, we were curious to see if this could be the movie that restores Pixar back to its glory….and hopefully not fuck up like Brave did.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
They’ve done it. They have done it. Pixar proves to everyone why they are the best animation company in the US because Inside Out was everything you wanted out of a Pixar movie from the laughs to the emotional weight, especially since the movie is about emotions and while it can be entertaining for both kids and adults, we does explore something more for adults as the movie digs deep when it comes to explaining the memories, the feelings, how can emotions conflict with each other when faced with difficult tasks like altering to a new life and every nook and cranny that goes up in Riley’s head and that’s all thanks to director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.), who really knows to struck your ‘emotions’ right. (That word is going to be used a lot during this review.)
The main story dealing with Riley and her family moving from Minnesota to California is what many audiences find relatable as you can relate with what she’s going through (although I bet most of you would question about her moving from Minnesota to SanFran is a bad thing…….well, she doesn’t have that mindset many of us got and I personally don’t care for Minnesota….Hell, I don’t care for what I’m at now.) and trying to keep a happy face around her parents while adjusting to it while inside her head, you have Joy and the rest of the emotions trying to keep things happy for Riley as it happens but you also have some great character development for them, especially towards the end (which is too good to spoil to you all.)
Now let’s get to the meat of the story…..and that’s the actual emotions.
Joy is basically if Leslie Knope was in charge of your head and surprisingly it fits and that’s due to the voice of Amy Poehler. This is probably the best chosen voice cast in a Pixar movie as you got the perfect embodiments of the emotions from these actors. For example, Phyllis Smith as Sadness…..oh, I can believe her as sadness ever since watching The Office and apparently the producers did, too, but that was when one of them saw Bad Teacher (yeah, remember that movie? Of course you don’t.) Mindy Kaling as Disgust and Bill Hader as Fear are also a great highlight especially with Bill, who is more of a chameleon actor than the rest and Mindy doing Disgust….I can see it if you think of her from her role in The Office. Now, of course, you know who I got to say one person played their role well and that is Lewis Black as Anger. Hell, he is ANGER and he got the most laughs out of me during the runtime of the movie. If this wasn’t a Disney-Pixar movie, I wonder how far he would’ve went with Anger.
And Bing Bong…….oh, Bing Bong…..I’m not spoiling anything but you’ll love the hell out of Bing Bong at the end and Richard Kind definitely played that role well. Oh, and you also have some good voicework from the actress who played Riley, Kaitlyn Dias along with Diane Lane (the mom) and Kyle MacLachlan (the dad).
FINAL VERDICT: It’s a return to form of Pixar for making an innovative yet entertaining movie that’s great for people of all ages and could be used for studying purposes. This is not only the best movie of the summer but possibly the best of the Year. Hell, I bet this year they’re going to win Best Animated Feature….actually, you know what? They should win Best Picture if no one else better is competing for that.
How much joy did I get from watching Inside Out?
10/10 – HALL OF FAME! You damn right it’s a 10/10. And also on the KING SEAL OF APPROVAL!
And that is all from me. I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the emotions to one person at a time.
INSIDE OUT – courtesy of PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS / WALT DISNEY MOTION PICTURE STUDIOS