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About the Movie
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 321
- Fresh: 315
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: On the scale of inventiveness, "Inside Out" will be hard to top this year. As so often with Pixar, you feel that you are visiting a laboratory crossed with a rainbow.
Fresh: Inside Out [is] a bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure that deserves an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
Fresh: Inside Out is the best American-produced animated film we have seen in many summers and deserves to be recognized as such.
Fresh: In the first half of the film, I was being piloted by Confusion and Dissatisfaction. But by the end, Joy was very much in charge.
A NEW PIXAR MASTERPIECE FOR THE MIND… AND THE HEART!
Over the past twenty years, Pixar has taken us to places and put us in unique perspectives we could only ever dream of: as a toy in kid's room, as a tiny fish in the Great Barrier Reef, as a rat in a French restaurant, even as a robot on the desolate remains of Earth. So how could a game-changing animation studio whose very name is synonymous with "imagination" possibly top themselves in the creative department? Why, by making a movie about the mind itself, of course. And boy, does that concept pay off spectacularly here. Branded as a major emotion picture, "Inside Out" delivers on that promise tenfold with one of the most creative premises of any flick, animated or not, in years. Not only does it prove that Pixar isn't afraid to take risks after all this time, but that they know how to do it in ways that never, ever stop surprising us.
We follow 11-year-old Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), who (like all of us) is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), a spritely bundle of energy, Anger (Lewis Black), a literal red hothead, Disgust (Mindy Kaling), a snobbish socialite, Fear (Bill Hader), a cowardly spindle, and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), a "woe-is-me" Debby Downer - each one of which navigate her through the several trials of everyday life. When Riley has to leave her ideal Minnesota life for San Francisco after her father lands a brand new job, though, her feelings struggle to adjust to the change. Things only get worse when a freak accident results in Joy and Sadness getting separated from the others, sending everything into chaos. As they make their way back to Headquarters before Riley's fragile mental state grows beyond repair, the two emotions learn a great deal about each other along the way.
Like with any great film, what anchors this one are its characters, and these may just be some of the best ones Pixar has ever created. Although the five emotions of Riley perfectly represent the feelings that literally define who they are, they don't necessarily stick to them, and that works greatly to the movie's advantage. Joy and Sadness, in particular, are given the most depth, although I won't spoil how. There's also a hugely memorable side character in the form of an abandoned imaginary friend named Bing Bong (Richard Kind), whose own backstory is a tearjerker. There's never once a dull moment when these three are on their road trip back to Riley's consciousness, whether it's through the loopy gag worlds of Imagination Land or the backstage excitement of Dream Productions, and the unbridled chaos that brews when Anger, Disgust, and Fear take charge is just as fun to watch. Even the scenes that follow Riley in the real world as she desperately struggles to get a grip on her emotions herself are truly fascinating. At some point, it's difficult not to ask who's really in control: the girl or her feelings. Yes, this might all seem like a lot to take in, even for a Pixar film, but with such confident direction, imaginative detail, and brilliant execution, the result will just leave you way more emotionally engaged than anything else, and the experience is made all the better for it.
When all is said and done, "Inside Out" shouldn't simply be classified as a kid's movie. It's a film for virtually everyone, essentially based on who we are and how we function. The daringly ambitious premise and thrilling plot alone are enough to warrant any human's time. Then again, there's also the hilarious one-liners, exquisite score from Michael Giacchino, and some of the most breathtakingly gorgeous animation Pixar has supplied us to date, so those are all just added bonuses to the enchanting brilliance of this movie. Perhaps my one and only complaint is that it didn't last longer. I just wanted to keep exploring the fantastical world of the mind a little bit more. But I'm sure there'll much more to rediscover once I see it again. This is easily one of the smartest, funniest, and essentially greatest animated films I've ever seen, and one you certainly won't forget anytime soon.
Rental worthy, not purchase worthy. All in all after seeing the movie I felt it was extremely over hyped.
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im debating buying this but it is definetly worth the watch whether or not you have to pay for it. the concept is amazing and it shows how one becomes depressed even by something as simple as a move. not only does it allow children- and adults- to understand their own mind but also brings awareness to parents that might not fully understand their childs depression. this movie really shows the symptoms, reasons, and affects of depression. it also reminds you you need your sadness to accept yourself and situation in order to be happy. supressing, denying, and keeping it bottled up is not what your suppose to do yet so many do. this movie shows why and how that happens. the level of depth in this movie is unimaginable. it also shows how your emotions are on your side even if it doesn't feel that way. anyway, this was an amazing movie and if you dont watch it you really are missing out on something special.