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Movie Review: Inside Out

Posted June 28th, 2015 at 4:18 PM by Nolafus
Updated June 29th, 2015 at 8:14 AM by Nolafus

It was my turn to decide which movie my family and I would go see, and it was between Ted 2 and Inside Out. Considering that the last comedy sequel I saw, Paul Blart 2, was a complete disaster, I decided to go with Inside Out. I hop in my truck, melt away on the drive over because of the summer heat, and arrive at the theatre cooked to a nice medium rare. My mom handed me my ticket (since family is also another word for free), and found our seats.

As I was sitting there, I noticed that there was a large amount of kids. Not any teenagers or anything, but kids that probably just walked across the stage to receive their diploma for completing first grade. That worried me a little bit as it's no secret I don't like young children, and that goes for movies aimed at them as well. Inside Out caught my attention with its unique idea, and I wanted to see where they went with it. If I had to sit through an hour and a half of a sing along with a random creature that runs on song, I really should have picked the other movie with a teddy bear that no child should ever see. The lights dim, the intro starts rolling, and I brace for impact.

Never once in this movie did I ever regret my choice. With the bright colors, slapstick comedy, and silly character design, this is a movie aimed at children. However, the strength of those goofy characters, the storyline, and sometimes mature scenes really make the movie enjoyable for people of all ages. There's something for everyone to enjoy, and the writers did a very good job at setting everything up. Before we get to that, however, I want to take a moment to look at the concept, which is what interested me in the first place.

The creativity for this movie is ridiculous. I mean, making a story out of the emotions in someone's head is quite the idea to work with, but to pull it off they way they did is great. You can see the emotions not fighting over control, but working together as a team to make the main character, them. They attempted to tackle what goes on in people's minds in a fun way, and still make it simple enough for kids. It's not something I can really explain here, but there's a lot going on, and I give the movie some serious respect for pulling it all together without making it seem absolutely ridiculous.

I'm hesitant to talk about the story itself because I don't want to give anything away. Well, I guess I can give the introduction away. This girl, Riley, is living a pretty great life in Minnesota. She has a lot of friends, enjoys playing hockey, gets along with her family, and every day is pretty much perfect. However, things start to change when Riley finds out they're moving to San Fransisco. She's thrown into this strange environment, and it's quite interesting to see how her emotions try to work together to keep Riley happy. Of course things go wrong, as that's the way stories go, but that's all I'm revealing of the plot.

The animation is smooth and very high quality. I sometimes have an issue with lower budget animated movies and how choppy or fake their animation seems, but seeing as it's Pixar, they're not going to deliver anything but the best, and they delivered. The world (or two worlds) where everything takes place is beautiful, and there's nothing to complain about. I mean really, it's Pixar, of course it's going to look good.

However, one thing that did feel a little weaker was actually the characters. Don't get me wrong, the characters are really good, but the concept of the movie itself put the human characters at a major disadvantage. Seeing as the emotions are controlling the humans, by nature, the human characters aren't focused on, and you don't feel amazingly attached to them. The main characters are the emotions, and they're really good, but the human characters just kind of feel like shuttles for the emotions. It's the nature of the movie, and how heavily focused they are on the emotions takes away from other characters. The characters overall are very good, but they might have spread themselves a little thin by adding five characters for every one they had.

The storyline itself is very solid. Kind of dark at moments for a kid's movie, but those scenes are introduced maturely, and the entire movie flows very well. There are a couple scenes that don't contribute a whole lot, and they probably could have used the extra time to work on a couple other things, but they were over soon enough, and the movie picked back up. The scenes that do carry the weight hit like a truck, however, and given the nature of the film itself, are very relatable. I could easily draw parallels between my life and the movie, and I applaud the story for giving me room to do that. They aren't afraid to explore what goes on in someone's mind during a difficult time, and they pull it off well.

Being a kids movie, I was waiting for that painful scene producers like to throw in to make sure the kids are entertained. It often involves the main characters singing, some awful slapstick comedy routine that never seems to end, or even a joke about the bathroom that makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Thank the heavens because there isn't a scene like that in the movie. The writers had enough confidence in the script and visuals and respected the concept enough that they believed they could keep everyone entertained without it. I would love to say that they made the right choice, but I'm not a kid, so I can't really speak for them. However, I know the adults watching this appreciated it very much, and it made the movie that much better.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's a very unique concept that takes some creative minds to piece it all together. The characters do fall off a little bit, and some scenes don't really feel necessary, but a couple of bad notes aren't anywhere near enough to sour the tune this movie is singing. Yes, this movie is meant for kids, but it presents some pretty mature ideas that'll keep the attention of older viewers. It's a lot of fun, some events will lift you up while others bring you down, and that's exactly the way it should be.

I'll give this movie a 9/10

I don't want to give anything away, as it's something you should just see for yourself. If you're going to the movies and don't know what to see, I would seriously consider this option, no matter what your age.
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    I've been thinking about going and seeing this myself so this review is really pushing me into it, haha. Now to get the money and a partner... :(
    Posted June 28th, 2015 at 6:11 PM by Sydian Sydian is offline
 

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