As a Pixar fan, I often find myself overwhelmed by emotion when I watch some of their very best: Up, Toy Story 3, WALL-E, Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, etc… The past three Pixar films, Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University, even with their lack of raving reviews that always seem to betroth Pixar whenever a new comes out, I found to still have many beautiful moments of Pixar magic. But Inside Out. Inside Out is different. Inside Out is heart-warming. Inside Out is hilarious. Inside Out is dazzling. Inside Out is exciting. Most importantly, though; Inside Out is true. Read my review of Pixar's Inside Out after the break:
I'm going to keep this short:
I was lucky enough to have seen Inside Out a week and a half ago at the LA Film Festival. Having seen the film twice now, I can say with certainty that Inside Out is a modern classic. Not because I'm just another Pixar fan in love with their latest film. But because I can see my future self in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years watching this film and understanding the emotional core of this film better and better with age. This is an often recognizable aspect to many Pixar films (director Pete Docter's Up comes to mind). But the emotional truth that comes with watching this film I believe reaches the ambitions that all art strives to achieve. The story of Inside Out is so clear, simple, and poignant that anyone can relate to it. And not just the story. The characters, the character designs, the voice cast, the visual development and world building and design, composer Michael Giacchino's score, the comedy, the adventure- everything is so simple, and so beautiful.
The message alone I believe is one of the most important lessons we as humans can learn in life- embracing sadness, and all of our emotions. It's a universal truth that true happiness and joy comes from embracing life through all emotions. Inside Out portrays its story through the mind of Riley Anderson, an 11 year-old who's going through one of the hardest transitions for anyone to go through- uprooting her childhood and transitioning into a mature, loving young adult. I think that as we grow older, the overwhelming world that we find ourselves shoved into becomes more and more frightening and seemingly arduous to overcome. But knowing that it's okay to not always be okay is true maturity. There's not much else I wanted to say in this review as Inside Out is a film that needs to be experienced. It will change the way we all think about thinking, loving, and living. I hope that although Pixar's upcoming films may not reach the leaps, bounds, and peaks that Inside Out does, that they stay true to what Pixar was founded upon, and what Inside Out proves to us about living life and embracing all of our emotions.
"If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life."