Thoughts about Inside Out

by AJ Adejare

Since we do not have time to do a review, I thought I would put down some thoughts about the movie.

Warning Spoilers

  • First, Lava.  Wow, what a great short.  Using music and communicating a love story that’s heartwarming (pun intended) while having great pacing.  I have to say kudos to James Ford Murphy as well as the musical team for keeping to a cohesive story and song together.  Bravo.
  • Pixar’s ability to produce emotions from just a few short moments works again.  If you’ve seen the first 10 minutes of Up, think that style of fast forward with emotions.
  • Seeing Joy evolve from overly peppy to actually a measured sense of happiness is very interesting.  She wanting everything to be happy showed a sense of over-controlling which makes sense for a child.  A child always wants to be happy and tries to avoid anything else.  Joy maturing into knowing that she needs Sadness to work with her instead of against her shows the same depth as what a kid goes through.  Even as an adult I learned (and am still learning) the same concept.
  • Sadness’s character development, ALMOST did it for me.  I felt that her coming to her own, realizing that she’s necessary is really great.  You can’t be happy all the time, but having purposeful times to be sad especially when you go through a major even is necessary. The thing that I expected was Sadness to transition to empathy as hinted by Bing Bong and her interaction, but alas didn’t happen.  If you look at Reilly’s mom, it seems that sadness actually is empathy, but I would admit I might be reading too much into it.
  • Bing Bong.  If there’s a meta narrative that I felt ran through it was the concept of your past helping you to get to your future.  While letting go of the past maybe hard in some cases and other times easy, it does build you and lift you to who you are going to be.  Bing Bong represents this aspect when he jumped off the “rocket” and let Joy ride.  Good bye Bing Bong, you will always be a part of Reilly.
  • I love the fact that everything living has an emotion console with some emotions exposing people’s inner thoughts.  It really shows that everyone goes through emotional conflicts, just like Reilly.
  • Voice acting – On point.  Voice directing – on point.  While Amy Poehler is used to voice acting (The Mighty B) getting Phyllis Smith to voice act is somewhat tough because a lot of her comedy from what I watched (The Office) not only relies on her voice but in her expressions.  They did it.  Also, didn’t even KNOW Mindy Kaling,was disgust, now THAT’S getting the best out your actors.
  • Somehow Pixar pulled a Phineas and Ferb.  In Phineas and Ferb, the evil person really isn’t evil. Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Buford throughout the series aren’t really evil at all.  Likewise, no one in Inside out is really evil.  The conflict occurs from Anger, Disgust, and Fear not knowing what is going on and that’s actually a refreshing change of pace for Pixar (they’ve normally defaulted to good versus evil in a lot of their movies).
  • Overall, go see it.  If I were to give it an official rating, I would give it a 9.0 out of 10
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