Inside Out has been getting a lot of hype. I mean, first of all the reviews are glowing much like the main protagonists. And secondly, it's a Pixar film; one that's not Cars 2 or Planes. I have to admit to feeling rather disenfranchised by Pixar - Wall-E and Up both started out well then devolved into stupid trash. In fact, the only two Pixar films that I hold up as excellent are Monsters Inc. and Toy Story.
|That is one high volcano...|
So what's the story of Inside Out? Well, we meet Riley (or rather, the voices in Riley's head). These consist of the emotions joy, sadness, disgust, fear, and anger. The basic plot-line involves Riley moving from Minnesota to San Francisco with her parents - and the ensuing mental confusion. In the emotion visual representation, both Joy and Sadness are cast into the recesses of memory, and have to find themselves back. So which of these is the main storyline? Probably the one inside Riley's head. Of course, neither of these plots matter all that much, it's Pixar's messages that really count.
|The real world...|
The music is typical Pixar fare - piano buildups and gentle serenades, and I couldn't fault the voice acting. The ending sequences also provide an emotional hit. I have never been one to become excessively emotional at the movies, but all around me I could hear wailing as people lost their inhibitions! All in all, it's funny, intelligent, and emotional. Yet it hits the Pixar wall, whereupon it's still a Pixar film and cannot transcend that. But yeah, it's true, this is the best Pixar film yet.
|Inside out gets 4 stars!|