Film Reviews

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by The Kitsap Scene


‘Inside Out’ will have you laughing, crying, and everything between

By Evan Coleman

Joy. Sadness. Anger. Fear. Disgust.

According to Pixar’s Inside Out, that’s the entire gamut of human emotion.

Then again, it is a kid’s movie. And for a kid’s movie, this is a high-concept film.

Inside Out takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley as she and her family move from Minnesota to San Francisco, California. Her emotions — anthropomorphic characterizations of those listed above — help her react to the challenges of moving to a new house and school.

But as we begin to see how Riley’s mind works, we learn that Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, is the control freak of the group. All of Riley’s memories just have to be happy, and therein lies much of her troubles.

Because of Joy’s control issues, Riley’s core memories, which power her personality, become lost. It’s up to Joy, paired up with Sadness — voiced perfectly by Phyllis Smith who played Phyllis on The Office — to fix things. It’s like a demented buddy comedy.

While the audience watches Riley struggle through the difficulties of her move, it’s really Joy that has the most character development throughout the movie as she learns that the other emotions are just as important as her.

As is typical of Pixar movies, the lush visual landscapes and stunningly realized characters are half the fun. As Joy and Sadness journey from Riley’s long-term memory, through her abstract thoughts, and brave her imagination, we’re treated to visual delights on par with anything else in Pixar’s rich visual catalog.

Inside Out is a movie easily enjoyed by both kids and their parents. While younger kids will be a bit confused by some of the deep discussions of emotions and their inner workings, there’s plenty of pretty pictures to keep them entertained in spite of their confusion. But the story is one that will resonate with older kids who face the same deluge of emotions as Riley, or with adults who remember what it’s like to be an angst-filled pre-teenager.

In short, Inside Out is a movie about emotions, and it’s certain to bring out yours.


‘Inside Out’ will have you laughing, crying, and everything between The Kitsap Scene

Summary: "Inside Out" is a high-concept kids film that's colorful and funny enough to grab the attention of kids, yet engrossing enough to be enjoyed by adults -- like pretty much every Pixar movie ever.


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