Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Inside Out Review

Finally Hollywood throws us a bone with Inside Out.  Originality happens so infrequent I almost missed it. And Disney/Pixar's latest efforts certainly did not disappoint. 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith - love her!). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. 
 
What's most brilliant about this luminous movie, is how director Pete Docter not only connects beautifully to those emotions, but he turns them into relatable characters. Inside Out is easily the most high-concept piece Pixar has ever done. More than just talking toys or cars, it’s extremely abstract. It's playfully funny, thought-provoking and mood-moving all in one. The stellar animation not only speaks volumes, but its powerful message is everything. That is to say there is opposition in all things - light & dark, day & night, Joy & Sadness. You cannot have one without the other. 
Rating: B+ 

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