Inside Out, Pixar's next game-changer, coming this June 19th, premiered out-of-competition at the Cannes International Film Festival 2015 this morning to a standing ovation. Currently sitting at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Inside Out reviews are pouring out online from the premiere proving the film to be not just an excellent piece of cinema and entertainment, but a game changer in the way we approach our own thoughts and ways of life. Sounds deep for a kiddy flick, right? That's because it is sounding like Inside Out is so much more than anyone could have imagined. Find out more about what reviewers are saying as well as some beautiful new high resolution stills all after the break!
"Could “Inside Out” be Pixar’s best movie? Frankly, that question is almost beside the point. Objectively speaking, several of the studio’s previous films work better in terms of character appeal or narrative accomplishment (though when it comes to cartoons, playing favorites is inevitably a subjective game). In terms of its ambitious underlying concept, however, “Inside Out” blows the others away, going beyond the screen to become something audiences will carry around for the rest of their days — not as tie-in merchandise or spin-off theme parks (although there will inevitably be plenty of both), but as an elegant and iconic visual metaphor for understanding their own emotions, and empathizing with others’.
Pixar's 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had … promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story." --Peter Debruge, Variety
"This adventurous outing manages the great Pixar trick of operating on two levels-captivating fun for kids, disarming smarts for adults-that sets the studio apart." —Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
Clearly, that focus can be shown in Inside Out, where three of the five emotions are female characters, let alone the fact that the film takes place in the mind of an 11-year old girl. Add in the emphasis on the all female emotions in Riley's mother's head from the trailers and you seem to start piecing together a similar trend. A trend, mind you, that I love.
At this point in the game, it is very difficult to keep my expectations down. Let's be honest- Inside Out has always looked amazing. I'm not just saying that now because the good reviews are coming in— for the past three years I have been jumping out of my skin over this film, which just goes to show how ridiculous my love for Pixar has gotten. But seriously- it looks awesome. The only negativity that can come out of Inside Out being the kind of critical and box-office success that it is shaping up to be is that now The Good Dinosaur may have astronomical expectations. And that is not necessarily to say that The Good Dinosaur looks terrible, because truthfully we literally haven't seen anything, but ridiculous expectations for a film that has had tough production woes and is being directed by a first time director is a bit unfair. However, this is an issue that will come up later, so I won't dive in to it too much now. Let's focus on Inside Out and try to let our expectations smolder rather than boil out of control. See you in theaters on June 19th!
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