In Inside Out, 11-year-old Riley is a normal girl who sees life through a simple emotional lens. That is until her father moves the family across the country. Until now, Riley has been controlled collaboratively by five base emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Now, her emotions are at odds with one another and must find a way to work together without destroying Riley’s relationship with her family.
Pixar has wisely put sequels aside in exchange for creating an original film again, and they have proven that they still have what it takes to tell a creative story in a beautiful medium. Not since Up has a Pixar film yanked at my own emotions so much. One moment, I was laughing at bad brain puns and a joke about how facts and opinions wind up, and the next I’m holding back my tears so my wife doesn’t see, much the same way Riley must do for her father. My one complaint about Inside Out is that not all the emotions get enough focus, but Joy and Sadness do make a great buddy movie duo.
Inside Out is definitely a must see; just be prepared to feel all the feels.
Ok, now that the 200-word review is done, let me tell you about a couple of other things.
Be sure to get to the theater on time. You do NOT want to miss the short before Inside-Out. Lava is an incredibly touching story song about a solitary volcano in the middle of the ocean who sings daily to whomever will listen, begging for someone to come along that will end his loneliness. She Geek and I have not stopped singing the song, despite the fact that every time we are reminded about how heart-wrenching the story is. Lava needs to win an Oscar.
We saw Inside-Out as part of a special Insider Access by Fathom Events. It’s kind of like getting DVD extras at the theater. Before the movie, we got a very interesting 20-minute tour of the Pixar studios led by director Pete Docter. Afterwards, there was a live Q&A with Docter and Amy Poehler, the voice of Joy, who answered live tweets from theaters across the country. Pretty interesting concept that we’d be interested in seeing more of but maybe not at the ticket price they asked for this one.