Film Review: Inside Out

In association The Grovesnor 

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‘What if our feelings, had feelings?’ must have been the question on the Pixar writers’ minds when they began writing their new summer film ‘Inside Out’. Whilst there are many films out there that try to elaborate on certain strong emotions such as Joy and Sadness, not many are able to capture thoughts and feelings quite as successfully as this film. The film’s characters are personifications of five different emotions: Disgust, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Joy. These emotions live inside of us, and control our everyday actions whether they are big or small.

Joy is voiced by actor Amy Poehler who is the perfect person to convey genuine happiness, her performance is very much the standout in this film. In this case the emotions belong to a young girl named Riley who is faced with moving to a new town, meeting new people, and that unavoidable nightmare of growing up. Not only is Riley faced with this internal dilemma, but so are all five emotions.

‘Inside Out’ sticks to the usual Pixar formula, a simple structure is applied to all their films, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a great film for kids and adults alike, although when you go see it you probably will be the only twenty year old in the screening, but eventually kids grow up and they will be watching ‘Inside Out 2’ in the same tearful nostalgia that was Toy Story 3. Anyway, this film is packed with wit, puns and even catchy songs from the onset and (without being a spoiler!) the end isn’t actually a fairytale ending where everything is wonderful, rather a recognition that it is alright to be sad sometimes, in fact Joy and Sadness are hand in hand, and in no way is that wrong. If you don’t think that isn’t a fantastic message for a kid’s film, then just go see ‘Inside Out’ for the catchy Pixar short ‘Lava’ because everyone needs to go see animated volcanoes singing about their thoughts and feelings.

[Emma McKie – @emmamckie_]

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