Occasionally, you find something that’s sprinkled with fairy dust. It’s that intangible, can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it type of feeling. You can formulate a perfectly sound argument as to why this thing is cool and all, but for reasons inexplicable, you get that pop. That fizz. Like magic.
That’s what Inside Out did to me. It got me where I was least expecting it – straight in the chest. I oath guys, I almost had a little cry.
Because it’s an excellent film. Watching it, I felt like Pixar poured its heart and soul into this flick. It was made for love (and money, but ignore that). They made it because they wanted to take their audience to a place full of love and learning.
I’m a proprietor of the belief that loving and learning are the two best things we can do as humans. It’s fucking cool that Inside Out appears to agree with me.
There’s this girl, Riley. She’s a vibey, goofy 11-year-old that can’t get enough of life until her family moves to San Francisco. I can’t remember where she lives initially but that’s no deal breaker. The stress of the move causes serious internal conflict for Riley. Her emotions help her get through the kak.
Disgust, Fear, Joy, Sadness, and Anger are colourful, quirky characters that report for duty in the head office of Riley’s consciousness. They are memorable individuals that provide a fresh POV regarding how your emotions interact when reacting to things that happen to you.
The story follows the correlation between stuff that happens to Riley and the corresponding epic-ness that goes on inside her brain. It’s such a rad concept. And they’ve loaded it with wicked wit.
The creators of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Up have hit the sweet spot again. They have made a movie that makes you smile, laugh, (maybe) cry and then smile and laugh some more. Those giggles; you know?
And whilst all of that is going on, you’re treated to cracking 3D animation (if you’re into that) and sublime sound wizardry.
AND the characters don’t break out into song every 30 seconds. Fuck yes! Here’s a link to the trailer: