Pixar makes its latest cinematic outing in Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Carmen, a comedy drama about the inner workings of the mind, specifically about the emotions that control and usually work harmony inside the mind of Riley, an 11 year old girl who moves to San Francisco with her parents but misses home, the film stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane.
Inside Out is a film with a lot of heart and emotion as you would expect, with the emotions inside of peoples head being personified characters, in Rileys case you have Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black) all voiced with a lot of enthusiasm, the cast makes for a great set of characters and their interactions in the story itself is a great part of it. The interaction between the emotions is a huge part of the story and is quite funny as well as they’re supposed to be one dimensional because of the emotions they represent but they still make for interesting, fleshed out characters, the relationship between Joy and Sadness in particular was quite important and also made you think about the wider message the film could have been sending out.
And while the film is emotional in a few places, it never gets too bogged down in these moments and the light, jovial feeling of adventure definitely stays present, conveyed well with the overall look of the characters, great upbeat music and the well done comedy. There are a few creative things featured in the plot as well that flesh out the world of the mind from the idea of storing memories to dreams which I thought were pretty cool and well thought out plot devices.
I found that the film is deeper than it initially looks, the premise sets up an interesting story but as the plot goes on, things develop in an interesting way and we find out various different facets of the human mind, it is a kids film but a surprisingly deep one at that and Pixar once again succeeds with taking a unique idea and crafting an engaging, fun world coupled with an engrossing story.
And while things may be a bit formulaic here as with more or less all Pixar films in terms of plot and acts, it’s still a lot of fun and an engaging thrill ride which goes to some surprising places, the animation is great and the simple family story presented here with the emotional moments landing well, great to watch.
. Great set of fun characters
. Great, well executed premise
. Formulaic but fun plot