Inside Out (2015) – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… Inside Out
This kid really has some serious emotional-control issues.
Young Riley is lead by her emotions, literally. Deep down in her brain, core emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger regulate Riley’s feelings. The team is lead by Joy, and their goal is to keep Riley happy.
But when Riley moves from Minnesota to San Francisco her emotions heighten and become unstable. Even worse, an accident occurs and both Joy and Sadness get lost in Riley’s long-term memory. This leaves Riley unable to feel neither joy nor sadness, and as a result cannot cope with her feelings. To save Riley from breaking down, Joy and Sadness must find their way back but this turns out to be quite the challenge.
Should I Watch It?
Inside Out is an animated movie produced by Pixar. This will already draw many people to the movie, but let me tell you; I am not one of those. Do not get me wrong, I think most of their movies are fine. And the beginning of Up was nothing short of pure cinematic brilliance. But I do not praise Pixar as much as others. I think it is a talented studio that produces beautifully animated movies that tell decent stories and make fine films.
With that out of the way, I think it is save to say that I thought Inside Out was rather enjoyable. It is colourful, cute, and has some nice moments here and there. The animation is great, it is set in an imaginative world, and the characters, one-dimensional they may be, are fun.
The voice actors were great. Every single one was perfectly cast for their role. I especially liked Amy Phoeler and Richard Kind as Joy and Bing Bong, but I could not critique any of the others for doing anything wrong. It is just a personal preference.
What I can critique, however, is the story. On one hand it is fun and enjoyable, but on the other it never really stands out. There are no amazing dramatic climaxes, surprising plot twists, or memorable quotes. It does not pull on your heartstrings or makes you laugh uncontrollably. It just tells a story. Considering the setting of the story, I think they could have done more with it.
Inside Out is a movie that plays it safe and does nothing wrong. It is not Pixar’s worst, but it doesn’t get close to movies like Toy Story or Finding Nemo either. It is a fun movie for children, or for killing time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In the end I will recommend this movie, just don’t expect anything mind-blowing.
Yes, watch it.
Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.