An emotional rollercoaster
Inside Out (G)
Directed by Pete Docter& Ronnie del Carmen 1 hour 50 minutes ★★★★★ Reviewed by Carla Amos
Inside Out takes every emotion on an adventure-filled rocket ride that will have you laughing out loud and wishing you had brought tissues (for once, I was prepared).
Yep, Pixar is back at the top of its game with a film that rivals The Incredibles and Monsters Inc with its crackerjack humour, adept script and astonishing, entrancing animation. It’s simply delectable.
Inside Out audaciously explores the realities of moving from childhood to young adulthood.
As we all know, growing up is hard to do; it’s no exception for 11-year-old Riley, who is uprooted from her comfy, happy Minnesota life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.
Riley’s take on her new life is shown in snippets from her perspective but also from inside her head – where her emotions have ultimate control.
There’s the glass-half-full Joy (Amy Poehler), skittery doom sayer Fear (Bill Hader), determined justice-seeker Anger (Lewis Black), gatekeeper of all that’s unseemly Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and down-in-the-dumps Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
The colour-coded emotions (idea for young’ins to keep track) live at Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they guide her through life’s many ups and downs.
As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to the new life in San Francisco, chaos ensues at Headquarters.
Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions are at odds on how best to navigate this strange seemingly unwelcome world.
Catastrophe strikes, leading Joy and Sadness on an adventure to put Riley’s life back on track before it’s too late.
They enter realms they never knew existed and explore what truly makes Riley tick. They see the memory banks and the workers who dump old or supposedly unnecessary memories for new one. They enter the deep dark subconscious and encounter a character that might call for some parental damage control for any sensitive littlies.
They also meet Bing Bong (Richard Kind), Riley’s nearly forgotten imaginary friend.
Bing Bong makes dolphin sounds, is part elephant, part cat, but mostly ‘‘cotton candy’’ and cries candy! Kind steals every scene he’s in and truly tugs at the heart strings as his character joins the effort to bring Riley back from the brink of depression.
While at times dark and tearinducing, Inside Out is excellent fun. Cleverly timed laugh-out-loud moments are interspersed with shows of emotion amid an eyefeast of other-worldly animation.
Adults and children will be equally entranced and affected by what has to be the best movie of the year.
Make sure you hang around for the closing credits. You won’t be disappointed — and you’ll never look at a cat the same way again.
The life of Riley’s five emotive faces from the certain-to-appeal-to-everyone animated marvel, Inside Out.