(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
Inside Out is a very smart and feel good movie that shows why Pixar still remains supreme in entertaining children and adults alike.
Finally I get to talk about Pixar. They didn’t have a movie last year when I started this whole blog, but now they not only have a movie, they have two coming out this year. I believe Pixar is one of the greatest things to happen in the cinematic world. They were innovating by using computer animation to make a great movie not only for children, but for adults as well. Toy Story is what got the ball rolling, and it has never looked back. Not only do they create a world that is great on the eye, and making it hilariously funny, but they actually take the time to make a great story that can be so emotional to make a grown man cry. I have practically enjoyed all their movies that came out, and after the Marvel Cinematic universe, it is one of the greatest film companies that Disney has invested in. (Disney knows what they are doing, so don’t doubt them, even after Tomorrowland.) Some of my favorites are Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Up. Even their shorts before the movie are emotionally great as well. I have enjoyed all of the Pixar movies, (even Cars 2 which I found ok) and will be there first in line when it comes out, and reminisce with my future kids in the future. Just seeing that jumping desk lamp in the beginning, I’m ready to be entertained. Now with Inside Out, an original movie from Pixar I knew this would be good. I wasn’t wrong.
What I Like: Let me start by saying that the writing for this movie was beyond superb. They really took the time to not only make a good story but to add some psychological science to make this movie really authentic. I studied psychology in college, and i got what the movie is implying, and was really impressed with the way they animate it to bring this psychological story together. It was mind blowing (pun intended), and shows why Pixar is great in making a good story. It was also entertaining which is also what makes Pixar great. Probably the funniest part was the Bubble Gum commercial memory that always pops up, and the adult joke about puberty got me chuckling as well. The movie developed the characters really well. i mean, the names of each character can develop these characters and it would be ok, but the story really shows that there is more than just their main personality trait. You have Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, who is the leader of the mind Headquarters and always wanted to make the girl they control, Riley Anderson voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, happy. You have Sadness, voiced by Phyllis Smith, who always seem to be the downer and mess things up by spreading her sadness around. You have Fear, voiced by Bill Hader, who always play by the rules and is careful, though not very strong in the headquarters. Then you have Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling, who is another minor character who really makes Riley hate broccoli. Lastly, and my personal favorite, you have Anger, voiced by Lewis Black, who really takes control when Joy and Sadness gets lost, and to me the funniest character in the whole movie. The way his head catches fire everytime he gets mad just added to the hilarity factor. Some moments I like was when Riley and her family are talking, and you see their mind Headquartes working with the other people as well which was fun to watch. The powerful moments was the beginning when Riley was born and seeing how the mind Headquarters get started. Some superb animation there. When Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong voiced by Richard Kind, knew that it’s his time to be forgotten by Riley, and sacrifices himself to get Joy back to Headquarters. Lastly, the real message when Joy realizes that Riley does need Sadness, whom everybody dislikes, and for Riley to experience pure joy, she needs Sadness to relish the moment. Shows that Sadness does have a purpose in life, and that is always good to learn. The main part for Riley is the experience from moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, and shows the emotions a person really goes through when they are moving to a new place. The way the story intertwines everything was written and transitioned beautifully to make this movie one to remember. Showing how the mind really works makes you wonder how everything does have a purpose, and why you need it. Pure enjoyment for children and adults alike which makes it the perfect family movie. Lastly, I did enjoy the short before the movie called Lava. I enjoyed the song with it’s Polynesian influence (makes me reminisce and miss my time spent in Hawaii). That short really got to me about the power of love, hope, and happiness which almost got me emotional before the movie even started. Great job Pixar.
The So So: I may be nit picky here, but some minor things did bother me. Like the family just moved to a new city, and they let an eleven year old girl just walk around a big city by herself? Not that safe if you ask me, and how does she know how to get to one place to another when they just moved? Also wouldn’t the bus company be suspicious when Riley is trying to run away, and that an eleven year old girl is riding by herself with no adults? With that said, it did work well for the story, and maybe i might be nit picky, but I believe they could’ve done these parts slightly better, but it still works as a good movie in general.
What I Didn’t Like: Practically nothing, which is why it tops my list of Best Movies of 2015 so far.
Overall: This is a perfect family movie for everyone to enjoy. It is a smart and feel good movie with a great blend of everything you want in a movie. I strongly recommend it, and this movie proves that Pixar still has its flair to make great family movies!!!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
(Sidenote: Blackhat- This is Michael Mann’s directing at its finest. However, maybe the subject he chose was probably too technical. Pretty much the movie is about cyberterroism, and recruiting a professional hacker in prison named Nicholas Hathaway, played by Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor), to help stop this cyberterroist named The Blackhat, played by Yorick van Wageningen from his plan of greed and destruction. The movie had its thrilling moments, and showcasing the beautiful Chinese actress Tang Wei, playing Chen Lien. However, all the politics and technical stuff about computer hacking and what not really made me drift in and out of the movie. When it gets going, it was like I almost didn’t care, but I stuck with it. The ending was somewhat fulfilling, but the endurance was rough. It’s great for all you techy people, so I hope you all enjoy it at least.
Rating: 3 Stars)