Inside Out (2015) Review

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Inside Out (2015)

Directed by Pete Docter

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

Production company: Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios

Running time: 94 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

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My Opinion:

So, I finally saw this Pixar movie on Tuesday – SIX YEARS after its release everywhere else on the planet!!! Okay – I guess it was only about a month’s wait but that’s like a lifetime to me when it comes to waiting to see a new Pixar film. I adore Pixar! I know the UK gets (and will be getting) all the Marvel films before America. But who cares?! Screw Marvel! I’d much rather not have to wait for the Pixar movies. Anyway, I was feeling some bitterness (along with some disgust, anger & sadness) at the long wait so didn’t exactly rush out to see this when it came out last Friday. I figured it might as well wait a few more days so I could go on my cinema’s cheap day. I give you enough money, Pixar, and you make me wait a month just because of the stupid UK school holiday dates! Lol. Okay… I can’t stay angry at my beloved Pixar for long… πŸ˜‰

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Inside Out has a brilliant concept (it’s almost up there with Monsters, Inc in that department) and it’s so cleverly written, which is what we’ve all come to expect from Pixar anyway. I love that they don’t feel the need to dumb their movies down and they don’t treat kids like they’re idiots. Yes, some of the ideas and jokes will be over very young kids’ heads. So what? It’s a movie they’ll grow up with and they’ll learn to appreciate more and more as they get older. So bravo to Pixar once again making a brilliant, timeless classic for all ages. This is why I love Pixar so much and have come to respect their films far more than a lot of the non-animated movies that get made.

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However, I’m sad to say that I’m not exactly sure how I feel about Inside Out. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great film and I love that they’ve made something that will challenge young minds and might actually make the future a better place (well, it’s possible… if anyone can discover the secret to true happiness & world peace, it’s Pixar). But I’m not instantly in love with it the way I was with a lot of other Pixar films (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc and especially WALL-E). Man, I remember the feeling I had when I walked out of the cinema after watching WALL-E… You know that pure joy you get as a movie fan when you’ve just watched an absolutely amazing film?? I still almost get chills when I watch the opening of that movie and I stand by my belief that the beginning (on Earth) is a masterpiece. There were a few moments in Inside Out that almost reached those heights but it still didn’t pack the emotional punch that the opening scenes of WALL-E and Up did and it doesn’t have any characters that are quite as strong (and instantly loveable) as in Finding Nemo or Monsters, Inc.

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Okay – I know I take Pixar films way too seriously so I’ll lighten up a little now. πŸ˜‰ I know they’re essentially “family” movies but, especially with one as grown-up as Inside Out, it’s hard to not review them as I would any non-animated films. As far as other, non-Pixar animated films go, Inside Out blows them all away. As far as most non-animated films go, Inside Out blows those away too. As far as other Pixar films go, Inside Out is definitely one of the best but may not be quite as instantly loved as some of them. That’s the problem – Pixar has such a huge reputation to live up to! Yet they continue to live up to it. I know Inside Out will grow on me. But I’m an adult – what do kids actually think of it?

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My Six-Year-Old’s Opinion: (in my words)

She of course loved Inside Out but most kids will say they love a movie immediately after they’ve watched it. I go more by her reaction to a movie while watching it & how much she talks about it over the next few days. She was completely engrossed throughout the entire film and had a big smile on her face. She entirely understood the overall, basic concept (which is good as the movie was way more abstract than I was expecting – it’s massively clever but also seriously deep at times). She’s been talking a lot about the different emotions she’s been feeling and I love how much the movie has made her think about things. That’s awesome. I think it’ll be a firm favorite of hers for years to come, especially as she reaches the same sort of age as its main character.

As a parent, I’m very happy that movies like this are being made for her generation and I’m a million times happier to let her watch a movie like this than one of those idiotic Barbie movies (which I do let her watch if she wants to. I’m not going to be some movie snob – she’s only six!). However, those Barbie movies usually get watched once and she never really has anything to say about them. That’s the power of Pixar! I think this is proof that kids can handle a more grown-up film with a complex concept and without a load of silly jokes and characters.

My Husband’s Opinion:

This is unusual but the hubby has read my review & actually wanted to state his opinion as he doesn’t fully agree with me. Here’s what he said:

“I consider after all the films Pixar has made, as pure commercial fun, this one is basically a true gift to the world that will fundamentally change how human beings relate to one another. AND they did it in a so-called kids film… I think this is actually Pixar’s most significant piece of work. Not about which movie is their “best movie”. But one that utterly changes the game? This one.”

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Summary:

While I may not instantly love Inside Out quite as much as I do some other Pixar films (or quite as much as both my daughter & husband seemed to), you can see I have a massive amount of respect for it. I know I’ve not really discussed any of the specific characters or anything but I think there have been enough reviews of this by now that I didn’t really see the point of being too specific. I’ll say that I was afraid I might find Joy slightly annoying as overly happy people piss me off but that wasn’t at all the case. I also really liked Disgust but Sadness was my favorite. I’m not sure what that says about me… πŸ˜‰ Finally, I liked the character of Riley and the importance of her relationship with her family. The human characters seem like the background characters in this one but they’re the true heart of the film. As always, I found I cared more about these animated characters than I tend to care about the characters in most live-action films. I don’t quite know how Pixar manages to do this (or why I can’t make it through the beginning of Up without bawling) but they’ve once again made a movie that they can be very proud of. I’ll grow to love it a bit more – I know I will!

My Rating: 8.5/10

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Is There A Scene After The Credits?: Well, you should all know this by now but there are some great extra scenes during the credits that you have to stay for. I loved these scenes. There’s nothing after the credits, though.

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A very quick review of the Lava short:

As if the main Pixar film doesn’t fill me with enough joy, we of course also get a great short before the films. I always look forward to the shorts! This one, Lava, wasn’t my favorite. It’s of course very sweet and, hey – anthropomorphic volcanoes! I’m a huge fan of anthropomorphism. However, I found the song a little bit annoying and the ending predictable. To be fair, and speaking of those emotions in my head, I was in a very bad mood when we went to this movie so that may have had an effect on how I felt about this sappy little romantic short. Sorry. :-/ But it’s still a million times better than that stupid Boundin’. The short I loved most in recent times was Disney’s Feast – that one was brilliant!

My Rating: 6.5/10

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54 thoughts on “Inside Out (2015) Review

  1. Sadness was my favourite too! I think you should get your whole family to review more films. I want to know what your six year old thinks of Mad Max Fury Road.

    Also I think u should link to my interview with the co-director of this πŸ˜‰

    • Ha! I’ve actually said to the hubby that I can’t wait until she’s old enough to watch Aliens with me. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure she’ll love Fury Road when she’s old enough because she’ll have good taste like her mother. And I’ll link to your interview if you link to my Hardware review in everything you post from now on! Lol πŸ˜‰

  2. The volcano thing was crap. Didn’t rate it at all. I’m with your hubby on Inside Out. I do think you are a bit harsh on it. I liked the morals and messages in the film and think it will last the test of time. Hugely imaginative storytelling.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I try to at least include the kid’s thoughts on most kids film reviews. Hope you enjoy it when you see it! It’s not a “comedy” in the same way other Pixars are. It’s a brilliant film, though. πŸ™‚

  3. Aww, that’s awesome you’re 6 yr old loved it. In the theatre I was in, the kids were very quiet, I think some of the concepts might be for older kids and adults haha. πŸ™‚

  4. Yeah I gotta say that Lava was one depressing little short. I hated it!!! πŸ˜‰

    It’s crazy the response Inside Out has generated, it’s probably going to go down as one of the most praised films of the year at this rate. Sometimes I’ll get kind of annoyed by how great a response to a movie is and even if I enjoy that movie, I won’t enjoy it quite as much just because it’s supposed to live up to such crazy high expectations (cough-cough Fury Road ehem COUGH!). It kind of forces me into an experience rather than me having the experience of my own. I don’t know if any of that made sense but if it does, then maybe that’s what happened here for you, having to wait a bit longer to see it while all of these “near perfect” reviews come flooding in about it! It’s like you’re almost peer-pressured into agreeing with everyone or else you’re considered wrong or something.

    • Yeah…. SPOILER for those who haven’t seen Lava: …………… I thought the ending would’ve been better if they’d been forever apart. You know? She’d have kept him company through singing to him. Is THAT depressing or what?! Lol. I do like a sad ending…. And I know EXACTLY what you mean by too much hype! I did try to avoid Inside Out reviews but it was obvious everyone thought it was brilliant. As for Fury Road, I saw it early on the first day of release and LOVED it. It’s my favorite film in a long time. Yes, above Inside Out. Glad I saw it early before the hype. πŸ™‚

  5. so happy u finally got to see this years after the rest of us (better late than never)

    I truly loved this film and it is by far my favorite this year (so far)

    I really enjoyed Lava, but both my sons didnt quite get it

    they both enjoyed the movie, but even being 8 and 10, lots of it went far over their heads because some of the concepts are so grown up.

    I actually can’t wait to see this again at home and find out what my wife thinks of it too.

    great review as always mutant!

  6. Hey Mutant, I just watched this tonight and LOVED IT! I thought it was very clever and very funny, and if I had kids, it’s just the kind of thing I’d want them to see. I really liked the positive messages about the importance of all the different emotions – not just joy – and that kids should talk to their parents instead of trying to handle things on their own. Bravo, Pixar!

    Just one thing, though…I found Bing Bong kind of creepy [shudder].

    • Laura! Yay! Glad you liked this one. Bravo to Pixar once again! πŸ™‚ I just love love love how they never treat kids like they’re idiots & don’t dumb their movies down. I totally agree about Bing Bong, though! I found him creepy too!!!

      • Yeah – I want to see it again as I think it’s one that’ll grow on me the more I see it. Will definitely be picking it up as soon as it comes out on DVD. πŸ™‚

      • I might treat myself to a copy. My boyfriend always says I should watch something nice for once, instead horror. And yes, I definitely think it’s one of those where you’ll see something different with repeat viewings.

  7. Great write up! Again, I never watch animations, so it will likely take me a century to get to this. But when I do… who knows.

    Love your opinion, and your hubby’s two cents was really interesting. Definitely something that is going to make me think on this.

    I was recommended this due to my studies, but I think we will just wait and see what happens. I mean an animation…

    • Hehe. I know how you are with animated films. πŸ˜‰ This one isn’t up there with the likes of WALL-E for me but I really appreciated how grown-up this was. Some very high concept stuff for a kids film. I do so admire Pixar. πŸ™‚

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