Movie Review: “Inside Out” – Feelings Have Feelings

Written by Samah Ali July 01, 2015

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Pixar has continuously outdone itself for the past twenty years. After debuting with their first movie “Toy Story”, the brains behind the company obviously have an attachment to emotions. What if toys had feelings: “Toy Story”. What if bugs had feelings: “A Bug’s Life”. What if fish had feelings: “Finding Nemo”. What if cars had feelings: “Cars”. Robots: “Wall-E”. And to continue their meta analysis, what if feelings had feelings: the perfect leeway into “Inside Out”.

“Inside Out” follows Riley, voiced by Kaitlyn Dias, and the little characters inside her head – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), and, of course Sadness (Phyllis Smith) – as they help her maneuver through her world and be the best daughter ever. After her family uproots her Midwestern life and moves to San Francisco, Riley’s emotions begin to conflict on how to navigate through her life in the new city.

“Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”

“Inside Out” hits the ground running with massive attention from its stacked cast of comedians. With Poehler, Hader, Kaling, Black, and Smith, “Inside Out” is an absolute tearjerker. It has levels of comedy that satisfies kids and parents, more so on the parent’s side; proving most children’s movies are for adults. Not to mention the wit, innovation, and creativity that soars in every scene and gives “Inside Out” the Pixar Perfect stamp.

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Every nook and cranny of the mind was rationalized in this movie: the unconscious mind, lost memories, short and long term memory, imagination land, and even a physical train of thought. The creators thought of everything that is stored in the brain, including the little brain cells that help manufacture, break down, and rebuild different sections – or in this case land and memories – as Riley develops and gains more experiences. “Inside Out” is brilliant, an absolute pleasure.

“Take her to the moon for me, Joy.”

In true Pixar fashion, “Inside Out” reuses several of the production and cast that works on all of their films. Richard Kind played Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend and easily the Olaf of the movie, and was also featured as Van from “Cars” and Mort from “A Bug’s Life”. The movie was also co-directed by Pixar alum Pete Doctor (“Toy Story”) and Ronaldo Del Carmen (“Ratatouille“). Pixar is definitely a tight-knit group, and their quality movies show their great chemistry with each other.

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Amongst all of the jokes, “Inside Out” is all about emotions, literally and figuratively. By the end of the movie, tears will be shed from Sadness’ ongoing gloom and Joy’s dwindling enthusiasm. But laughs also will prevail from the impeccable comedic timing Kaling and Black bring and unethical screams from Hader, making “Inside Out” an emotional rollercoaster. No eyes are safe.

“Inside Out” is a must-see and is one of Pixar’s best movies to date. It’s fun for every audience and opens up a new world for meta-discussion (What if skin cells had feelings? Viruses? Oh wait, that’s “Osmosis Jones“). Watch this movie, it’s an absolute joy.

 Rating: 8/10

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About Samah Ali

Samah Ali

With a deep admiration for film, television, and music, Samah spends most of her free time expressing and sharing her love for the arts. Studying Creative Writing at Western University, she enjoys writing about film & music and shapes her passions with the latest movie or album available.

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