Inside Out (2015) – Non Spoiler Review

The Filmnomore Movie Blog is in awe of Pixar after watching its latest masterpiece Inside Out


Inside Out is directed by Pete Doctor with support from Ronaldo Del Carmon with the pair receiving credit for the story as well.  The film follows a young family moving from Minnesota to San Francisco as a result of Dad (Kyle MacLachlan) setting up a new business venture.  The story focuses on 11 year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her attempts to adjust to leaving behind everything she knew while dealing with growing out of being a little girl.  During the film we follow Joy (Amy Pohler) trying to control the other four emotions in Riley’s head namely Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

There’s a whole bunch more I can say about the plot but I’m not going to reveal anymore because I think the film is best ‘discovered’ for yourself.  The movie is essentially a family drama that has found a new way, in perhaps only the way an animation can, of retelling a well worn story.  The film is very clever is the way it represents the different aspects of Riley’s personality and how it explains the workings of the human mind.  If you look closely you can see how the same emotions behave differently in the parents and who appears to be in charge. This is how the film helps to explain the different personalities of the people in the movie.

I have heard it said that Inside Out probably works better for adults than for kids.  I was at a preview screening full of those of us of a certain age so I wasn’t able to gauge any kids reactions but there is plenty of slapstick action and it’s a bright and breezy 94 minutes (including credits).  Don’t forget of course that Pixar has largely mastered the art of delivering films that work on different levels to satisfy the whole family.  The character of Anger as voiced by Lewis Black tends to have the best lines as he is able to cut loose a little more although Phyllis Smith as Sadness  does a fair amount of scene stealing.

I have spent an exorbitant amount of time writing just a few hundred words but I have tried my best to give you a flavour of this film while leaving lots of surprises for you to enjoy when you see the film yourself which you must do by the way.  Inside Out is my favourite film of the year so far and I’ll be surprised if it still isn’t number one at year end.  I know Star Wars is coming but I doubt it can match this movie for sheer creativity and wit.  It’s funny and sad in just the right amounts and at the end I was wearing a big silly grin on my face.  Evenings at the cinema are rarely as good as this.  Audiences in the UK are more reserved than their American cousins but there was a ripple of applause as the end credits ran.

WARNING FOR PARENTS – this film tugs on the heart strings and I predict cinemas the length and breadth of Britain will be full of adults crying their eyes out especially towards the end.  You should stay to watch the start of the end credits as there’s some bonus funny stuff.


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