Movie 411: Inside Out

Directed by: Peter Docter (Toy StoryMonster’s Inc.) & co-directed by Renaldo del Carmen (BraveMonster’s University)
Screenplay by: Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Peter Docter
Rated: PG
Released: June 19, 2015
The Hook: I knew there were voices in my head!

There are so much good things about this story that I don’t know where to start!

So, let’s start with a summary.

Plot Summary: The story starts off at the beginning of our emotions, with the birth of Joy and Sadness in this little girl names Riley. As she grows and her emotions develop, we not only meet Joy and Sadness, but also Anger, Fear, and Disgust. The run the control center which creates memories and sends them into our consciousness that eventually creates our personalities.

Everything is running smoothly. Riley has a pretty good life. She has friends, she loves her family, she’s good at hockey and at the core of these experiences, Control Central runs smoothly, with Joy at its head. And, as with all life experiences, life takes an unexpected turn and Riley’s dad is relocated from Minnesota to California for his job. Not good. And as you can imagine, this upsets the perfect balance of emotions Riley’s experiences so far. As with any life change, our emotions run wild and we see how that affects Riley as the movie progresses with Joy and Sadness struggling to set things right!

There’s not much you can say about acting when the movie is done in CG and that about sums it up with Inside Out. The actors and actresses who were the voices for the core emotions were awesome though. Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger), and Mindy Kaling (Disgust) really set the tone and gave the characters personality. The casting for these parts were spot on. The graphics (I’ll group this together since in a CG movie, these two elements would be considered “acting”) were awesome as well. I hope the inside of my head looks like that. From the memory shoots to the Imagination Train to the Sub-Consciousness. If my brain looks that fun, I’m a happy camper.

The soundtrack for the movie didn’t particularly stand out to me, but it helped to move the story along. I’ll have to take a closer look, and listen, to really have an opinion on it, but as I mentioned, the story movie along well enough and seemed balance enough that all components that make a good movie a good movie were met.

Which brings me to the story, the only thing that can make or break a movie for me. And this one knocked it out of the park. It was different, unique, fun, and all around enjoyable. I thought Pixar and Disney were smart to do a movie on emotions. I mean, we are talking about the same guys who proved our suspicions that toys really do come to life (in a good and positive way! thank you), that cars can talk, and rats can cook. And I loved the way they presented it. The way they got all the parts of our brains to mesh with what they were trying to present, that emotions aren’t always black and white. Sometimes, we have mixed feelings.

This is definitely a DVD worthy movie and considering the graphics, I would shell out for the HD version.

Favorite scene: Believe it or not, my favorite scene is the end credits, when the film pops in and out to other people’s “emotions.” That was pretty cool.

And since I don’t know if that can really count, no matter how cool it is since it’s not really scene, let me provide another answer. If I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be when Joy sends all the emotions, linked to different memories of course, to the memory bank which fuels the different core personalities.

My second favorite scene is when Joy and Sadness raid the Dream Center, trying to wake Riley up so they could catch the Imagination Train to Control Center.



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