Friday, May 13, 2016

Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

Movie: Inside Out (2015)

Directors: Pete Docter & Ronnie Del Carmen

Writers: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley

Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, & Kyle MacLachlan

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A young girl (Dias) is forced to move with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco and her emotions inside her head try to figure out the rest.

Did Pixar do it again or did Pixar do it again.  Let's just make a quick run through all of the movies Pixar has come out with so far.  But first, how about that trailer.  Pretty much perfect.  OK, onto Pixar's track record.  The film company has come out with 16 movies so far and their batting average is pretty much unparalleled.

A Bug's Life
Cars, II
Toy Story, II, III
The Incredibles
Finding Nemo
The Good Dinosaur
Monsters, Inc./Monsters University

I love pretty much all of those movies.  I haven't seen The Good Dinosaur yet, I don't like the second half of Brave, and I'm lukewarm on the Cars 2, but besides those three, the other 13 movies are all pretty great.  Not only are they utterly innovative and creative, but they're all both funny and emotional.  The perfect balance for a kid and an adult.  In fact, they might be even more skewed to adults than to kids, and I'm obviously completely OK with that.

Inside Out is brilliantly written and both the inside world and outside world stories are equally compelling and interesting.  Phyllis Smith (also Phyllis on The Office) is the absolute perfect casting as Sadness and steals the movie in my opinion.  All the other voices match their individual emotions as well but none of them to the extent of Phyllis.

I don't want to get to intricately entangled in the story but there's a reason it won the Best Animated Movie Oscar at this year's Academy Awards.  That's pretty much all you need to know in order to want to see the movie.  Have you liked the past Pixar movies...yes?  Well, this one won a fucking Oscar, so watch it.

Rating 9/10

P.S. Be sure to watch into the credits as the different 'Inside' cast of characters is hilarious.