The characters, from left, Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness in a scene from the movie Inside Out.
The characters, from left, Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness in a scene from the movie Inside Out. Pixar

Movie review: Inside Out is colourful and entertaining

INSIDE Out is Pixar's newest film, and we've been waiting a while for it.

The award-winning animation house, responsible for loved films including Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc, hasn't released a feature film since 2013's Monsters University.

Pixar fans have been waiting two years for Inside Out, and the film lives up to the company's incredibly high standards for visuals and storytelling.

In quite an innovative and abstract setting, the film goes inside the head of a child, Riley, where five major emotions are at the controls of her brain.

Like a glowing, pixie-haired godmother, Joy is the dominant emotion because, well, who doesn't like being happy?

The character Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, in a scene from Inside Out.
The character Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, in a scene from Inside Out. Pixar

The other emotions - anger, disgust, fear and sadness - all play support to Joy, who tries to dominate Riley's memories, particularly her precious, deep-seeded core memories.

Those memories are represented as marble-like orbs which glow with the dominating emotion attached to them.

Riley's emotions are sent into overdrive when she and her parents uproot to move from Minnesota, where she loved playing ice hockey, to San Francisco.

The move triggers a series of events which see Joy and Sadness cast out into Riley's long-term memory, a maze-like rabbit warren of memories where they encounter her long-lost imaginary friend Bing Bong (voiced by Richard Kind).

Together they attempt to get back to central command, where Joy's absence is noticeably felt.

Poehler is a great choice for Joy, with her voice capturing an indistinguishable upbeat attitude.

Phyllis Smith, best known for her role on the US version of The Office, is another stand-out as the voice of Sadness.

Joy and Sadness must venture through Long Term Memory to find their way back to Headquarters in a scene from Inside Out.
Joy and Sadness must venture through Long Term Memory to find their way back to Headquarters in a scene from Inside Out. Pixar

Like all Pixar films, Inside Out has a strong central message. In this case, the film is all about accepting that all emotions, including sadness, have their time and place in life.

Inside Out is like a big warm hug. My only gripe is that many of the funniest moments were spoiled by the trailers.

I can't say it's my favourite of the Pixar films, but that's probably more to do with my love for Finding Nemo rather than any of Inside Out's shortcomings. Inside Out is colourful, entertaining and heart-warming.

Speaking of warm, the film is prefaced with a fantastic short film called Lava so make sure you get to the cinema early enough to see it.

Inside Out opens nationally today.

 

Inside Out

Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen

Rating: PG

Verdict: 4/5



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