Before seeing Inside Out, I had only been to the movies three times this year: a sad decline from what I used to do. So being able to see a movie this extraordinary (to say the least) was such a treat. But I actually don’t imagine it would make much of a difference if this was my fourth film of the year or 24th. This particular movie was one of those ’10 out of 10’s’, those instant classics, those ones that will stay with you for years and years in the future. This wasn’t just a four-star movie, no, it was even better than that. And while it shouldn’t be surprising that Pixar created yet another absolute gem, it’s still an astonishing feat to think about.
Speaking of Pixar, which could very well be the best movie company on the planet, their unique, brilliant, fun, breathtaking movies over the years have always been so layered and incredibly written. Inside Out, however, is likely their boldest and most creative story yet. How Pete Docter and his team got this idea from head to paper/computer to movie screen is beyond me. While we’re able to live in the world of Riley and her parents, we’re also living in her mind and all of its inner-workings. It’s such a tremendous outcome, and it feels as if every single minute of it is flawless.
Pixar movies have always had the entertainment and fun imagery for children, which is still the primary audience one would imagine, but the themes have always had adult elements and jokes that parents can easily pick up on. In Inside Out, there is so much darkness for a kid’s movie, and so many moments of despair and heartbreak (not to mention the story being so wildly daring and successfully all-over-the-place), that I’m not sure it’s a good movie for kids to watch. Now, this isn’t to say it was all dark and that I didn’t laugh, because this is one of the most consistently funny films I can remember watching in some time.
The roughly hour and a half journey this movie takes you on (I never wanted it to end), is such bliss from the first scene through the end of the credits. I went into the theater excited and happy, and I left with a huge smile on my face, astonished at how one movie can be that remarkable. What’s so impressive, perhaps above all else, is its’ ability to elicit so many feelings in such a short amount of time. I laughed my head off, but I also shed a whole bunch of tears. There were moments of anxiety, and ones of simplistic joy.
The emotional roller-coaster that is Inside Out, left me happy that I came to the movies for a fourth time this year. But more than that, it made me happy people like Pete Docter and the team at Pixar are around making movies in this world. This one was an all-timer, and it’ll stay with me for long, long time.
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