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Pixar’s films have always brought out the Joy and Sadness in all of us but with their 15th feature they’ve literally made them the main characters.
‘Inside Out’ is touching and heartfelt and clearly crafted with as much love as its characters have for the human girl they reside within. The film asks the question: what goes on inside a child’s mind when their entire life is upended and their personality undergoes a dramatic shift? Quite a lot as it turns out. When Riley moves from her childhood home in Minnesota to the unfamiliar neighbourhood of San Francisco she struggles to connect with her new way of life, thanks to the ongoing conflict between Joy and Sadness in her mind that ultimately lead to the other emotions, Fear, Anger and Disgust being left in charge.
‘Inside Out’ is a complex film and, like ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Up’ before it, one with as much depth for parents as there is excitement for children. Remarkably it juggles its many overlapping stories and themes without any of them feeling inorganic to the story or its characters, right down to the perfectly executed ending that packs an emotional punch while revealing a powerful message. Even though the stakes are the emotional wellbeing of an 11-year-old girl, ‘Inside Out’ feels as suspenseful and thrilling as any save-the-world blockbuster thanks to the vivid and dynamic world of the mind where the majority of the film takes place.
Joy and Sadness form the heart of the film and are wonderful characters in their own right, especially Joy, voiced with the necessary pizzazz by the hilariously upbeat Amy Poehler, who undergoes the powerful arc of the film.
‘Inside Out’ is a heap of fun too, of course, it’s mental, it’s imaginative beyond measure, but most of all it will forever change the way you perceive the way people think.
This is Pixar’s best film since ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Up’ and easily goes toe-to-toe with each of them when it comes to quality.
‘Inside Out’ is a must-see adventure for adults and kids alike and it really will blow your mind.
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