“Inside Out” – Review:

Do you ever imagine how the voices inside your head interact with one another. What makes us feel the way we feel? Amy Pohler and Bill Hader star in this Pixar animated feature that will answer those questions.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding this film. It’s been one of the most anticipated of the year and it’s finally here. Pixar has a pretty stellar track record, usually you are guaranteed at least a good film when you see the lamp hopping around. Pixar has however shied away from its original content to do some sequels to the hits that got them to where they are today. It seems like Inside Out is going to get them back on the side of originality instead of sequels. The concept is intriguing and the voice cast is great.

Riley is young and has been forced to move by her parents from her life in the Midwest to San Fransisco. Her emotions which are Joy (Amy Pohler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) conflict on how to navigate a new town, school, and house.

Words can’t describe how great this movie is, but I’m going to try to do it anyway. Fans of not just animated films but film in general are going to like this. The story really hits you hard because we can all relate to what was going on. We all have voices and triggers inside our head that make us feel a certain way. The plot moves quickly and you’re invested from the very beginning. The director Pete Docter really keeps this movie going at a steady pace.

The voice acting is great, from Riley and her family to all the voices in her head. Amy Pohler and Bill Hader are pretty recognizable start, but you really wouldn’t have known it was them unless you knew before hand.

As the film goes on you sympathize with Riley, and you’re rooting for her to be happy and for her to be able to transition into her new life smoothly. That’s where the film really works, at that point if the audience wasn’t invested in Riley, the whole thing would’ve fallen apart, but thankfully once things start to break down inside her head you really just want things to return to normal and for her to just be happy.

The sequences in her head were phenomenal. Obstacle after obstacle are thrown in Joy and Sadnesses way and you just keep rooting for them throughout. One of Riley’s imaginary friends Bing Bong (Richard Kind) comes into play and is one of the best characters in the movie. As you get to know him you just want him to succeed with Joy and Sadness. That’s the recurring theme here. You fall in love with Riley, her family and the abundance of characters in her head. There’s islands in the film like Honesty, Family, and Hockey which show what’s important to Riley in her life and it’s a nice touch.

I really have nothing negative to say about this film, I’ll have to see it a couple more times but this could be in the top five Pixar films ever. Can it stand the test of time like Toy Story and Up? Maybe, only time will tell. As 2015 goes it’s one of the years best.

10/10

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