Since 2010’s ‘Toy Story 3’, I strongly feel that there hasn’t been a great Pixar movie. I never thought that ‘Cars’ deserved a sequel, and based on the reviews ‘Cars 2’ got, I never bothered to watch it. I saw ‘Brave’ just this past month for the first time, and it was horribly mediocre. ‘Monsters University’ on the other hand, was a step in the right direction. I did enjoy that movie, however it didn’t come close to the amazingness of the original.
So has Pixar lost its magic touch?
The answer is no.
‘Inside Out’ is the best Pixar movie in years, and just upon one viewing, I will say that it is definitely in my Top 3.
It’s by far the most clever story Pixar has ever done, and it can get pretty emotional too. And not just sad, or happy like ‘Up’ demonstrates, but you will feel nearly every emotion when watching this movie. I guess that’s the point, and it might look like I’m stating the obvious because that’s entirely what this film is about. But that just goes to show how well executed this plot was.
I really have nothing negative to say about this one. I think that it’s a film that everyone will relate too, because we all have human emotions. But what’s most interesting is that this will hit people of different ages/stages in their life in a wide variation. By that I mean that it’s a film about maturity, and depending on where a person is in their own emotional/mental state, certain references may or may not hit them as quickly. One of the main themes of this is how the emotions of sadness and joy must go hand in hand sometimes in order to move on and mature.
With all that said, I think that this is one of the most important films of our time. This is something that all kids should grow up watching, because they could really benefit from having this as a visualization of how their emotions work, and why each emotion is important to have. It’s a great demonstration on the well being of mental health, and how important it is to know that these emotions are what define us as the unique people we are.
I loved how every human character had a different set up of what emotions were controlling their minds. The mother’s head showed that ‘Sad’ was the emotion in charge, showing that she is very mature and has gone through a lot of changes in life that she was forced to embrace, and let go of the old. The father showed that ‘Anger’ was a bit more the head of his mind, which is something I relate to myself. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the father (or myself) is an angry person, but that he is more stern because he tends to keep that emotion as the most important, but in great control due to the help of the others.
‘Inside Out’ gets an A. It’s extremely insightful, is one of the most clever movies Pixar has put out to date, and is definitely their best film of the last 5 years. Be sure to stay during the credits, because that is the funniest part of the movie, where the display what goes on in the heads of many other characters. I almost died when they displayed the minds of cats and dogs.
On a side note, with all the sequels Pixar is in development with, I’d actually love to see follow ups to this one. Imagine how interesting the development of these emotion characters could be as its main human character ages and has to deal with more adult problems. Just a thought…