Film Review: Inside Out

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IMG_3882Back in London, I was the girl always in the know about what events were happening all over the city. But since I've been so busy in New York with my job search, I've had to rely on my new friend Rachel to tell me about all the amazing things happening, which has been awesome, because there are quite a few things I would've missed out on had she not texted me and asked if I'd join her. The latest activity was a three week early showing of the new Disney Pixar film, "Inside Out." I was a bit skeptical to see this film after watching the trailer, but mostly because I've not been impressed by a lot of recent Disney or Pixar films, and I wasn't sure if I was ready to give them a chance again.

But I am so glad I did. "Inside Out" may just have pushed "The Incredibles" out of their top spot for me when it comes to my favorite Disney films. That's a hard feat to do, especially since "The Incredibles" has been one of my favorites since it came out in 2004. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a new film to give me all the adventure (and pull at my heartstrings) I need from an animated film.

As with all Pixar movies, there's a short film that plays before it, and oh wow, I can't wait for people to see this one. It's called "Lava" and it's probably the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life. I don't want to spoil too much, but it's about two volcanos in love. The amazing thing about Pixar is their ability to tell a story with minimal words and a very simple premise. How do these creators come up with such special and unique ideas like this? Their brainstorming sessions would be too cool to watch and observe.

Now onto "Inside Out." Pixar is good at not giving away too much in their trailers, which is why I was a bit confused when I watched it. Thankfully, the film is so much better than the trailer could ever explain. The entire film takes place inside the headquarters of an 11-year-old girl's emotional center. Here lies Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Every moment in this girl's life turns into a memory ball, based on the emotion that took place when it happened. So far, Joy has been the main feeling she's had in her life. The emotion, Joy (voiced by the fabulously peppy Amy Poehler) wants the best for her host, so she takes the reign on most events to make sure 11-year-old Riley has a happy life.

It's such a nice premise to open a film on. Of course, something has to go wrong to mix things up. Riley's family moves to San Francisco, which shakes things up in the emotions headquarters. Through a series of mistakes, Joy and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) find themselves far away from headquarters, and must get back before Riley loses the very essence of her being. This may sound super confusing, but when watching it, it will make so much sense. I just don't want to ruin the movie before you see it.

This film was a huge chance for the filmmakers to play with colors and make a hugely vibrant film. After the showing, the Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera, hosted a talkback to speak about their process in making the movie. They said it was a long process to put it together, and the plot even changed a few times in the midst of recording voice talent and animating the characters. It was nice to hear about it from their own mouths and see how they traveled from their first idea to how it translated to the screen.

IMG_3888 On June 19th, when this film is released, I highly suggest you go see this movie. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me have all the emotions the film portrays. Pixar tells stories like none other and it will definitely become a well-loved classic like Finding Nemo and Toy Story.