Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems – An Inside Out Review


Ladies and gentlemen. Pixar is back!

Inside Out is the story of Riley, an 11 year old girl from Minnesota who life is turned upside down when her family moves to San Fransisco.

The Good

  • In traditional Pixar fashion, this is a movie both kids and adults will enjoy (I’d actually go so far as to say adults will get far more from this than kids will)
  • It’s really, really funny, but at the same time I wouldn’t describe it as a comedy
  • It’s very smart (seriously, it would take forever for me to list all the clever little touches in this film)
  • This film is undoubtedly one of the most moving stories I have ever watched in cinema
  • How the story plays out in relation to Joy’s and Sadness’ relationship is fantastic
  • Superb voice acting from everyone involved (special mention goes Amy Poehler as Joy, and Phyllis Smith as Sadness)
  • The soundtrack for a lot of scenes was very unique and actually took center stage for me a couple of times
  • Great visual translations for some very abstract ideas

The OK

  • The beginning is a bit slow
  • I think we may be hitting the point where people aren’t bowled over by the technical prowess of these films, because as much as the animation is great, it’s not the star of the show
  • There are things you could nitpick, especially considering where the majority of the story takes place, but these things are minor in comparison to what the film does right

The Bad

  • Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Final Thoughts

The last Pixar movie that I truly loved was all the way back in 2010 when they released the third Toy Story film. Since then it’s been either very average original storiesĀ (Brave) or sequels which no one really wanted (Cars 2, and Monsters U). Despite this five year slump, I’m pleased to announce that the Pixar we all loved is back.

And that’s all I’m going to say in relation to this movie.

Seriously. I actually had no idea that Pixar was releasing this until two weeks ago when I saw the trailer. I went in relatively blind, and that’s how I want you to go into this film (trust me, the points I’ve covered above don’t even scratch the surface of this film). Just do yourself a favour and go watch the movie.



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