Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Inside Out

After young Riley is uprooted from her midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how to navigate a new city, house and school

Inside Out premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May. This film creation is pretty brilliant. Joy's control of Riley's charge start to slip and Sadness begins to go a little rogue in central command, tampering with her core memories turning them from happy to melancholic ones. The cross country move or the approach of puberty might be the explanation, but the emotions don't seem to work as they always have before. Writer's intentions are interesting and introspective in a sort of mourning of childhood innocence, in an elegant and iconic visual metaphor to really understand every emotion a person can go through. This concept that as we age, life throws more complication at us and our remembrance of things past becomes more emotionally complicated. It is simple, profound and inventively conveyed. Inside Out displays a really good story about growing up and understanding that life is quite a complex thing. It also promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think.  

Moreover this film stuffed every little moments in the brain world with great ideas and gags, using extraordinary events to help a girl grow up as her family moves. That may be why the film is so engaging. There are enough clever references to every concrete, real-world experiences to keep it from flying off the rails. Too often, movies that introduce wildly fantastical parallel worlds never find time to fully explore them; the way Dorothy explored only one corner of Oz in the 1939 film. However, here they were clever enough to find a right balance between context and story, i-e not spending too much time with the emotions and deprived the film of actual experiencing of those feelings, which come from connecting with Riley and her family. They achieve to go that deep in every aspect of the movie in such a short amount of time. Plus, artistically they gave this retro look to their characters; that fits perfectly Pixar's cutting-edge technology, blending vintage style with lightning and texture options previously unavailable to animators. From the vivid colours to the way the story always comes back to parent-child relations, it plays equally well to both demographics. In result viewers can't help but imagine a similar dynamic operating in their own heads. 

Overall Inside Out isn't just a step in the right direction or simply a return to form, it's among the smartest, funniest, wittiest and saddest films in the Studio's history.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great review Alexa, thanks for putting the link on my blog. And thank you for your comment on my Inside Out blogathon post.