It’s not hard to make me cry, because I’m a weeper. Seriously, I will cry at anything.
30 seconds in to Inside Out, I was sniffling.
I didn’t cry though the whole thing, and I was never reduced to sobs. (A mercy that I didn’t go to brunch before seeing it, because if I had a drop of alcohol in my system, things may have been different.) It’s a deeply emotional movie, given that it is quite literally all about feelings.
Basically, we are taken inside the mind of Riley Anderson, an eleven year old goof ball, who loves her friends, family and hockey, on the week that she’s moving half way across the country. In the wake of all of these changes, the little emotions in her mind, Disgust (Mindy Kaling…and my next cosplay, probably…), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Joy (Amy Poehler), are doing their best to keep Riley, well, Riley, but when Joy and Sadness find themselves lost in Riley’s memories, Fear, Disgust and Anger may ruin everything.
If it sounds simple, it is, and that’s what makes it wonderful. Joy is a compelling protagonist and her learning that without the flip side of her coin sadness, Riley will never grow is a really inventive arc to take, and also doesn’t serve the more predictable vein of “Happy feelings are great and bad ones are always bad.” No, all of Riley’s feelings have a place and a job.
It’s visually stunning and inventive, but it’s Pixar, so duh.
The voice acting, particularly the five feelings is top notch. For one thing, it’s just five comedy heavyweights doing their thing. Joy gives Amy Poehler another perky go getter, Disgust is Mindy Kaling’s masterpiece, with Kelly Kapoor’s vapidity mixed in with Mindy Lahiri’s intelligence, Fear is Hader channeling every fussy comedic straight man that came before him, and if anyone other than Black had taken on Anger it would have been a travesty, and Phyllis Smith sells Sadness’s deep despair in wonderful ways. Both Joy and Sadness are real treasures for the Disney-Pixar Pantheon of buddies, definitely able to stand up with Woody and Buzz and Mike and Sully.
I also have to note that the illustration of depression in the movie doesn’t focus on sadness at all. It’s what happens when Anger, Disgust and Fear are driving.
The short preciding it is a delightful little song about anthropomorphic volcanoes who are in love with each other called Lava. I’m not doing it justice, it’s adorable.
Go see Inside Out, it’s wonderful. Really.
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Inside Out
- Jurassic World
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Pitch Perfect: 2
Shaun The Sheep: Still looks cute, still probably a skip for me.
Minions: Duh, it’s the minions, who doesn’t love those little guys? I’m looking forward to it.
The Good Dinosaur: Pssh, what, Pixar dinosaurs? That’s not going to be THE BEST MOVIE EVER or anything!!!!
Zootopia: Do you think that this takes place in the same world as Robin Hood? I think so. I’m assuming so until we’re told otherwise.