Movie Review: Inside Out

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure filmproduced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias), where five personified emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—try to lead her through life as she moves with her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) to a new city. The film grossed $90.4 million in its first weekend—the highest opening for an original title. It has grossed over $701 million worldwide against a budget of $175 million. It was well-received by the general audience and it attracted critical acclaim.

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The story goes like this: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Inside Out is of animation, adventure, comedy, family, drama, and fantasy genre, which runs for approximately 94 minutes. It's rated PG in most countries for mild thematic elements and some action. Inside Out is a different kind of movie, not your typical animated film that caters mainly to children. It was somewhat dragging at first and not easy to comprehend but as the film progressed, you'll understand the whole picture. I think the biggest strength of Inside Out is its originality. It had a very refreshing take on a person's growth and development. It successfully elicits different emotions from the audience, literally. Towards the end of the film, some tears may be shed but for good reason. While it can be considered a good movie overall, the ending seemed lacking and definitely warrants a sequel.

RATING: 4 out of 5 STARS


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xoxo Nash


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