Inside Out – Rated PG – Reviewed June 25, 2105 IMDb
First off, I have to say that I have the coolest kids in the world (I know opinions may differ but I am am right and everyone else is wrong, so there). I saw this on Father’s Day with my daughter and it hit me how lucky I am to have older kids who would want to go see a “kid’s” movie with me. This also has the added benefit of not making me look like a creepy middle aged guy sitting alone in a theater filled with kids. I love being a dad.
OK, on to the movie.
Riddle me this:
Q: How do you tell the difference between a good Pixar movie and a bad one?
A: I have not idea, I haven’t seen a bad one yet.
When I first saw the trailer for Inside Out I didn’t have my usual “I gotta see this” feeling like other Pixar movies. I’ve seen the whole “We’re going to have people represent aspects of someone’s personality” premise done before and I always thought they… well… sucked. (ala Multiplicity)
And the beginning of the movie had me feeling that this one would only be slightly more successful. While it had some funny scenes it felt pretty one dimensional.
Then one of the characters started to annoy me (why was this character trying to mess things up!?!?!) and then I started getting anxious, and then there was this really, really sad part and then it hit me…. Those bastards did it again! Made me care and then started to play with my emotions like Schroeder playing the piano. (But I still think the end of Toy Story 3 was a cheap shot)
I think that the beginning of the movie was meant to seem one dimensional so that the ending made that much more of an impact. Don’t want to give anything away but I thought it was a pretty deep. Maybe my pool isn’t that deep to begin with but I’ll leave that one up to you to decide.
And as always, they picked the perfect voices for all the parts. I mean Amy Poehler as Joy, Louis Black as Anger and Mindy Kaling as Disgust? Definitely roles that were in all their wheel houses.
So using my brand spanking new rating system of:
See it if you like this sort of movie
See it if you have absolutely nothing else to do that day
Wait for video
Wait for cable
I’d rather stick pencils in my eyes.
I’d say See it. And don’t forget to bring a kid or another person with you so you don’t look like the creepy middle aged person in the theater.