An assumption people had for a long time was that Pixar can do no wrong. For the most part, they’re kind of right. Very rarely does Pixar produce a dud and even when they do, there’s often still something redeemable about the film that prevents it from being bad (with the exception of Cars 2, which I just couldn’t stand.) The general confesses for the past few years is that Pixar’s best days are behind them, with films like Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University not preforming as well critically as other Pixar’s classics. (Though I personally consider Monsters University to be one of the studio’s more underrated films). With that said, many people were still looking forward to Pixar’s latest creation, Inside Out. The film had a unique concept that seemed to draw people in, so much so that it currently holds the record for the highest box office opening for an original film since Avatar. (A pretty impressive feat right there.)
For starters, this is probably Pixar’s most abstract movie to date. not just in concept, but in execution as well. The story beats shown here are not uncommon for an animated family film, but the way they’re presented is wildly creative. Each of the main emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger all have moments to shine and it’s likely that many will differ on who their favourite character/emotion was. The way Inside Out depicts the mindset of a child is extremely clever, and Pixar is once again proving themselves as one of the more “out of the box” studios when it comes to creativity. Like almost every Pixar film that came before it, Inside Out really is just as much for adults as it is for children. I think adults might get a BIT more out of it than kids though. The theatre I was in was full of young ones asking their parents questions about the plot and to be fair, this is a film that you really have to keep up with in order to fully grasp the plot, so young ones might find this one a bit harder to follow than say, Finding Nemo or Toy Story. That being said, this film is still bright and colourful and full of funny characters that will keep their attention, so I still think it’s a good film for the whole family to see. Just be prepared to have to answer a lot of questions about the film if your kid is below 7 years old.
There’s not anything i can say about the animation that you don’t already know. It’s Pixar. it’s beautiful. You know the drill by this point. Inside Out does manage to stand on it’s own though as one of of the more simplistic looking styles that Pixar has produced. The emotions have very basic shape-like appearances, but their simplicity is part of their charm. The film’s story is sort of split in half, providing two slightly different animation styles. On one half, the story takes place in a very realistically portrayed world where we see a young girl named Riley just to moving into a new house in San Fransisco. The style presented in the scenes involving Riley and her parents are very grounded and not very exaggerated, focusing more on realism than the cartoony character designs that Pixar is usually known for. Once the film’s plot focuses on Riley’s emotions and the adventure they embark on however, the style becomes a lot more bouncy and cartoony as well as very vibrant colourful. It reminded me a lot of Wreck it Ralph, which is another great film that befitted from having a very bright and colourful world to explore. There are moments when the film does take some darker turns, creating more sinister or quieter environments. These moments are very effective and like most Pixar films, you’ll probably need to break out the tissues because this film can get very emotional. (pun intended.)
Inside Out will feel like a return to form for many Pixar fans. While I personally felt like “Monsters University” was their real comeback, Inside Out is still a tremendously creative film that’s already making Pixar the king of the animation world again. if you’re sick of sequels and craving something that’s fresh and more original then any other film currently in theatres, then Inside Out is the way to go. One of the must sees of the year.