Inside Out is the latest film from Pixar Animation Studios, the studio behind Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Up and so forth. I can almost guarantee you've seen at least half of their movies. Their newest film goes inside the mind of 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who's just moved into a brand new, not-so-amazing house in a brand new, not-so-amazing city. Inside her head are her emotions, and it's these emotions who take the centre stage in the story. There's Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Joy and Sadness find themselves in a tricky situation when they accidentally get lost in Riley's mind, taking with them Riley's long term memories. They must find a way to get back to the HQ before they affect Riley for good.
Inside Out is a hilarious and often very mature movie with a lot of heart. In similar style to Up, Inside Out gets you emotionally invested right from the get go. The opening few minutes are full of laughs and tears, showing us the origin of the emotions. It's a touching and heart warming scene that perfectly sets up the vibe for the rest of the movie. With narration provided by the always-hilarious Amy Poehler, the film was shaping out to be a masterpiece. And yes, it most certainly was.
Speaking of getting emotional, all of the emotions in this film play off of each other perfectly. They're a perfect mix of personalities, allowing plenty of humour to unfold. There's a brilliant scene early on in the plot where Anger, Fear and Disgust are forced to act like Joy would and it just goes to show how different and how vibrant these characters are. Their conflicting personalities make this film as original and as fun as it is, the character of Anger being a stand out. His constant aggression towards situations always managed to put a smile on my face. He brought the joy out inside of me.
Another thing I love about Pixar is the little details they put in their films. Obviously, I didn't pick up on all the easter eggs, A113 being the main one I didn't spot, but Pixar add so much more to a film than just easter eggs. Everything from character traits to lines of dialogue are animated and acted to perfection. Joy sends off an enticing glow, while Sadness is always followed around by a shadow. It's the little things that make this film all the more amazing.
To sum up, Inside Out sees Pixar making one of their best films yet. It's creative, original, hilarious, touching and yes, a tear jerker. Plus, there's a cotton candy elephant. I can't imagine anybody not loving this movie. It's better than Monsters Inc!