Film Review: Inside Out

INSIDE OUT

Inside Out is a charming animated feature, delivering Disney Pixar’s winning formula at its best.

Young Riley is uprooted from her comfortable home and life when her father gets a work opportunity in San Francisco. The emotions in her mind attempt to navigate this upheaval in her life…

Director and co-writer Peter Docter has created a wonderfully inventive film with Inside Out. The film is warm and engaging in its story, and creative with its ideas. The core idea of having emotions as characters in a brain control room works remarkably well, as do the other aspects of the mind that Inside Out explores. The emotion characters function to give a zany explanation of how the brain works, in a way which provides a good source of humour.

Like other Pixar productions, Inside Out is successful thanks to its blend of comedy and emotion. The film speaks about life in a way that young children are able to comprehend, but adults will also find immensely relatable. As the main human character, Riley is drawn to be sympathetic and believable young girl. The emotions bounce of each other well. There is a nice juxtaposition between Joy and Sadness. As the film continues, the progression of this relationship is pleasing to watch.

Ultimately, Inside Out is a film about growing up. The protagonist’s journey is a slight one, but most viewers will be able to identify with her. There are elements of the film that will hark back to childhood in a way that is charming and nostalgic. Emotional moments in Inside Out are handled with the same care as exhibited in Up, WALL-E and other Pixar greats.

Animation in Inside Out is a slick as ever, and there are some wonderfully designed elements in the other worlds depicted in the film. Voice work is also good, with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith and Mindy Kaling providing distinctive voices for the emotions.

It is unlikely that many viewers will come away disappointed from watching Inside Out. A wonderfully enjoyable film.