Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inside Out

Rated PG / 1 hr 34 min / Comedy - Drama

What is it about?

Inside each of us there are various emotions at play within our heads controlling our every move. Anger, Gummy Bear, Joy, Fear, Silly String, etc. are all characters vying for control. Riley has had a happy childhood with Joy at the controls. Sadness is a kleptomaniac who wants to take all the memories for herself. Joy confronts her and challenges her to a duel to the death where Twizzlers are the only weapons. The fight ends with the two of them being sucked out of the control room and into the maze of long term memory. Sadness knows the way back, but she is far too sad to move. Without Joy at the controls everything is falling apart. Now she must fight her way through a cotton candy monster, a clown, and Lakitu.

You will like it if...

You like movies made by Pixar. Pixar has had a bit of a lull with Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University being decent films but not fulfilling their promise of greatness inferred from their previous films. I have no idea what possessed them to make Planes with Dane Cook as the lead, or how Planes got a sequel. It's one of the great mysteries of film, like how Brandon Routh got to play Superman. Inside Out is a return to greatness for Pixar and it reminded me of what they are capable of. It plays out as a roller coaster for your emotions. I don't know why it's listed as a comedy. A few amusing moments do not magically transform a movie into a comedy. Harry Potter couldn't pull off that trick. Perhaps I feel that way because many of the funnier moments are in the previews or perhaps because of how powerful of a drama it is. The animation is flawless. Pixar always seems to find ways to innovate in the realm of 3D computer animation, and this film is no exception. The cast does an excellent job, but without a doubt Lewis Black is the absolutely perfect person to play Anger. Go to see this film. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Inside Out is an emotional tugboat that will entertain anyone that can get past the fact that it is an animated film.


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