Inside Out Review: Inside out tells the story of the emotions of an 11 year old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who are Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). To establish the characters we are introduced to Riley's very first emotion Joy who is quickly accompanied by the other emotions as Riley starts developing as a human being. Joy, the strongest emotion finds herself in a conflict with Sadness when Riley's parents (Kyle MacLachlan & Diane Lane) relocate from Minnesota to California for a job opportunity. The emotions operate in a central command center (Riley's mind) which stores her core memories and define her as a person. After a mishap, the core memories are scattered throughout her brain along with Joy and Sadness who must return to central command with the memories to realign Riley's personality.
What works: Pixar has created another masterpiece. Wonderfully developed characters with perfect voice actors to portray them (Anger, Fear & Disgust are worth the admission price by themselves). The imaginative environments and other supporting characters that make up a person's mind and personality are brilliant. The story also treats adult viewers with humorous takes on how things get stuck in our minds, how our emotions influence things that frighten or disgust us and a reminder of profound sadness of how we forget things that make us so happy during our age of innocence. Pixar proves once again that they are the masters of modern animation films and this film can stand equally beside any of their other classic films.
What doesn't: It's difficult to find something wrong with such an excellent movie but searching through other reviews online I've noticed some parents have been critical of the film because it's tough for their younger children to relate to the subject matter. I can see that. Of all of Pixar's films I would certainly consider this the most "mature" material in their library.
Highly recommended to see Inside Out. Very refreshing to see a family movie that injects humor for adults that is relatable on a human level without insinuating sexual innuendo or "adult situations".