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‘Inside Out’ an emotional rollercoaster

22 Jun

Disney PIXAR’s latest film Inside Out offers one of the most heart-wrenching, emotionally charged creations to date.

Which I should’ve expected seeing as the movie is literally about an 11-year-old girl and her emotions.

Very little about Inside Out‘s plot was ever divulged to the public, and writer/director Pete Docter helped keep a majority of the details under wraps. Several characters and plot details were completely withheld from any trailers or teasers. When I walked into the movie, I expected to cry but not the flood of tears I sobbed multiple times during the film.

Joy  (voiced by the always perfect Amy Poehler) loves her job as acting chief of pre-teen Riley’s “headquarters.” The audience is treated to the beauty of seeing Joy be the very first emotion and core memory that Riley feels in the movie. Shortly joining Joy, however, is Sadness (Phyllis Smith of The Office) who serves as Joy’s foil. Duh, they’re opposites. Anger, Fear and Disgust (Lewis Black, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling, respectively) round out the Headquarters crew. When Sadness accidentally threatens the safety of Riley’s happy core memories (and Joy’s proudest accomplishments) the two get sucked into a vent and tossed into the rest of Riley’s brain, leaving Anger, Disgust and Fear to rule over Riley’s emotions until Joy and Sadness return. The plot thickens when Anger suggests running away from home to help Riley cope with a new city. If her happiest memories were made in Minnesota, why stay in San Francisco? Joy and Sadness then race against the clock to stop Riley and the remaining emotions from doing something she’d completely regret, an action that would emotionally bankrupt Riley.

What makes the movie so spectacular is that it forces introspection of its audience. A film about the human mind, adolescence and feelings would have to induce some form of self-evaluation for viewers. However, Inside Out never once becomes preachy with its message that Sadness –like Joy– has its place at times, and ultimately, our lives are constructed of moments of mixed emotions.

Visually, the movie is STUNNING. The emotions are crafted with hazy, soft edges. Riley’s brain is constructed with the creativity that Inside Out’s subject demands. The scene in Abstract Thought was easily the most enjoyable, as artists rendered actual cognitive theory in a visual format. So. Incredibly. Brilliant.

Inside Out serves as the pinnacle (for now at least) of Pete Docter’s writing and directing skills. Yes, that means Inside Out is better than Up. It’s even more tear-jerking than Toy Story 3, a feat I never thought possible. The script engages all ages, which is one of the most profound aspects of its inherent relatability. The dialogue never seems too hokey for the respective characters, which is impressive given that Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear are characters literally founded on basic emotions. Each character finds development while still staying true to their namesake emotion.

This might just be PIXAR’s best film to date. The concept is fresh, stunningly original and poignant in ways few other animated movies have been in recent years.

Verdict: GO SEE INSIDE OUT. Now. What are you still doing reading this? Seriously. Leave and go see it. Bring tissues. And once you’ve had your fill of emotional wreckage for the year, get ready to buy the movie as soon as it hits DVD. It truly is a PIXAR classic.


PIXAR Releases First Full Trailer for “Inside Out”

11 Dec

Fans have been waiting patiently for a full trailer of PIXAR’s new film “Inside Out,” and today, they finally got the satisfying trailer they wanted.

While the initial teaser introduced us briefly to Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), audiences were still left wondering what the context was for, well, everything. Who was the girl? What was her story? How were those emotions going to function inside her head?

Most of those questions got answered with “Inside Out’s” latest trailer (and thank goodness, because I was dying).

The trailer expands the snippet of the dinner scene from the teaser. (Kids, great news! You’ll finally see what goes on in your parents’ heads!) We see a bit more of Riley’s personality (well, technically, Anger getting hold of the control panel) and her interactions with Mom and Dad (played by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan, respectively). The premise for the movie follows Riley and her emotions as they navigate a new life after being uprooted to a new city.

Of all base Pixar plots, this one sounds the least interesting on the surface. A girl moves from one town to another and has to cope with her emotions? Hello, 99 percent of teenage flicks. BUT leave it to PIXAR’s innovative crew and Pete Docter’s incredible writing (Up, Monsters Inc.) to put a twist on a simple concept. Also, audiences should brace themselves for unexpected tears, as Docter’s screenplays have a tendency to make the toughest of men weep (ahem, the Carl/Ellie montage).

Inside Out is slated for release June 19, 2015.