Inside Out - Film Review

The different emotions from the movie 'Inside Out', from left to right, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.
The different emotions from the movie 'Inside Out', from left to right, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.

If it had not been for Walt Disney and Pixar this so-called summer might have been one of the most depressing on record.

It’s August but you would be mistaken for thinking we were in the middle of October with all of this rain.

Thankfully, Walt Disney’s and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is as warm and wonderful as a bright summer’s day.

It’s as good as any recent animated movie and it more than holds its own when put up against all of this summer’s other feature films.

‘Inside Out’ might not be as pioneering as Pixar’s previous films but it’s still quite smart, beautiful and altogether brilliant.

The film is about adult-like characters who live inside the head of children. These characters are responsible for all of the emotions like sadness, joy, fear, anger and disgust.

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is an 11-year-old girl who has had to leave all of her friends behind in Minnesota to move with her parents to San Francisco.

The move impacts upon Riley more than her mum and dad appreciate.

Riley’s emotions are controlled by the five little characters inside her head and it is through this technique that we are able to see what exactly is going on and how Riley feels.

The contestant battling between the different emotions makes ‘Inside Out’ one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer and should be essential viewing for all parents and their children.

Joy from 'Inside Out'.

Joy from 'Inside Out'.

The colourful sets and laugh-out-loud script make ‘Inside Out’ a perfect family movie. It’s got something for everyone.

‘Inside Out’ is yet another great example of how Pixar and Walt Disney are able to make movies that speak to people on so many different levels.

Children will adore this movie because of the way in which the different emotions manifest themselves but adults will also be able to appreciate this film.

It’s witty, it’s intelligent and it’s beautifully written. I can’t think of another movie that would suit all of the family this summer.

The moments we are inside Riley’s head become addictive and as each scene comes and goes I couldn’t wait to hear how her emotions were going to deal with each situation.

The first two thirds of this film are not as predictable as I originally thought they would be which made for really enjoyable viewing.

As the movie approaches its conclusion it does recycle some of the hilarious jokes from the opening two thirds of the film.

It’s a minor a flaw because once this movie is over I would be willing to bet that you and whoever you’ve gone to see ‘Inside Out’ with will leave the cinema feeling uplifted and happy.

‘Inside Out’ abounds in the magic and class that made Pixar into the production company it is and the film is worthy to join the likes of ‘Toy Story’, ‘Wall-E’ and ‘Ratatouille’ in the same sentence.