Pixar has been in sort of a slump lately. Even though their last outing brought back the entertainment and fun that the last two Pixar films were missing, it failed to capture the same inventiveness and heart that previous installments were able to do in spades. With Inside Out, it is Pixar’s time to recover with the story of the human brain.
One of the things you can be sure of when entering a Pixar movie that does not have the title Cars or Cars 2 is that you will somehow have a clever and inventive thematic topic and idea covered. These do not always register with first time viewers or younger audience members, but rather with adults. Pixar’s new movie, Inside Out is not made for kids but rather adults. The script is clever, fun and witty when it comes to referencing other properties and these thematic topics. That does not mean kids won’t understand it, but that some things will go over their head. The film tackles ideas such as growing up and the losing of innocence as you grow older through an adventure through a 11- year old girl’s head. As the story moves on and the trek through Riley’s head continues, the more and more touching and down to home the script gets. And with which the pace fluctuates normally in slow moments and rapid pace fun ones.
The struggle of designing every bit of a human’s brain, and not forgetting a detail is something to praise Pixar for. As the journey continues the animation progressively gets more and more inventive with every memory having something going on inside those small glass balls. The characters and worlds are detailed with hair and fabric-like skin vibrantly depicted on the big screen. Everything is moving and it looks great.
The soundtrack works admittedly better inside the movie however, the theme will be stuck inside your head for awhile after the movie. Although some of the soundtrack is very forgettable, but the brass and piano themes for Joy and Sadness are most memorable. Throughout the film the score begins to develop emotions of it’s own with a rapid paced violin and piano theme when the worst starts to happen.
Every actor was perfectly cast. This movie did a good job at seeing what these actor’s do best and giving that to them. Joy and Sadness especially. The acting in the human world is understated as each character shows complexity and are going through real life problems that near the emotional climax of the film prevail as one of the most touching moments in an animated film. Every character has his or her time to shine as well in both a comedic, emotional and dramatic way. And by the end of the film your left wanting more of the core emotions.
Pete Docter has successfully created Pixar favorite after favorite. The humor in his films is outstanding, making both kids and adults laugh alike. However in Inside Out, I went in a theater with half children and half adults and found that only the adults were laughing. Most of the humor is meant for adults based on the subject matter and because of this the jokes go over kids heads. This is one Pixar’s funniest efforts using the human psyche to craft hilarious jokes out of the imagination and deja vu.
The human and emotion drama plot lines are fantastic and although sort of predictable on how it will end, there is more then meets the eye in terms of complexity. A few scenes near the end do surprise, but for the most part it is predictable. However the drama is well done and is not over the top. The dramatic elements do further prove that this is a movie not for kids but for adults to laugh, cry and enjoy.
I must begin by saying this has no bearings on how much I enjoyed the film, but is rather a separate review of the 3D versus the 2D version of this film. (I have seen both) Inside Out is a film that doesn’t need to be made into 3D, however I see they made an effort to make the picture deeper in terms of depth. But as far as the 3D aspect goes, some would call the pop out factor, there is barely anything to see here. The lighting lends itself well to the animation and 3D style but other then that it is not a must see in 3D. I would rather see it in the 2D format again. 2/5 for 3D
The film boasts a great return to form for Pixar showing off a great animation style, interesting characters, a funny and more adult script as well as rewatchability potential in full. It is truly one of Pixar’s best efforts that should be seen in theatres as many times as you can. And don’t miss the short,LAVA, at the beginning it is very touching and well written.