Thursday, June 18, 2015
Inside Out Review: Creative, Complex and a True Pixar Film
The plot of Inside Out takes place inside the head of Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias) as Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) shape the young girl's personality. However things get turned upside down when Joy and Sadness are sucked outside of headquarters after Riley develops changes in her memories. With the three other personalities trying to maintain stability, Joy and Sadness must race back to hq before Riley does something drastic.
The story of Inside Out certainly shows off Pixar's strongest traits. The studios have been known for taking simple ideas and making something creative out of them; and Inside Out is no exception. The concepts presented in this story are rich with imagination. In fact the plot left me wondering whether or not our personalities really are formulated as they are in this movie. Along with the story's simplistic concept and ideas was a matter of complexity. The main conflict to the plot deals with Riley moving to San Francisco and how she handles with the changes. The idea of life changes was a rather mature theme to deal with, but I felt that the filmmakers handled it very well. The plot to Inside Out did use elements that I found familiar to other Pixar films such as Joy and Sadness journeying back to their home. However thanks to the story's concepts and its pacing, the familiar elements did not feel rehashed as the plot of Inside Out was refreshing to sit through.
Inside Out was fabulous to the say the least; and (if I had not made myself clear) it was a very creative movie. The film takes a simple idea and makes it complex; all while staying true to the genuine nature of storytelling. With great characters and terrific animation, Inside Out proves that a movie like this is not just for one demographic as it is truly for anyone. Because of this, Inside Out is not only one Pixar's best movies since Up, but unless something steps up later this year: Inside Out is undoubtedly the best animated feature of 2015.