Inside Out

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Vampire Owl :: I have a certain feeling that I am going to love this one.

Vampire Bat :: Even though the movie is critically acclaimed I don’t think that you are going to love it that much; I also feel that you have got it wrong here.

Vampire Owl :: Well, the insides are out, so this should be a slasher horror movie, right?

Vampire Bat :: What? This is rather too much even for you while being sleepy.

Vampire Owl :: I had myself thought about giving this name to a story which I was about to right. It was supposed to be about serial killers.

Vampire Bat :: Mr. Owl, it won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Movie of the year.

Vampire Owl :: Holy Vampire Crocodile! It won the Oscars?

Vampire Bat :: Which planet where you residing in the last few months?

Vampire Owl :: Ever since the teleportation device started working, I haven’t been sure about my location.

Vampire Bat :: I see what the problem is. You have been deprived of your daily dose of tea.

[Gets three cups of tea with jackfruit chips].

What is it about? :: Riley Andersen (Kaitlyn Dias) is born, and five of her basic feelings get active – Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black); they all become part of her mind and affects her life in various ways from the mind headquarters. The incidents in her life becomes memories as time progresses, and her happy core memories are stored carefully. There are also the personality islands which reflects different and significant parts of her life as an individual, and they keep her emotional state steady. Joy takes the leading role hoping to keep the girl happy, while Sadness as well as the others keep wondering what her role really is. They could never really find anything positive out of her presence in the girl’s mind.

So what happens next? :: Things seemed to be going smoothly until one day when Riley moves to a new city with her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) – the whole thing gets disrupted here. Not liking the new house is only the beginning of things getting worse. As life at the new city continue to be not so good, one day, when a sad core memory is created, Joy tries to dispose it, but Sadness attempts to prevent that from happening; this struggle leads to them being caught with the memories and along with them, gets thrown out of the mind headquarters. Fear, Anger, and Disgust tries to manage things in their absence, but they only end up making things worse, and the personality islands start crumbling. With Riley going more and more unpopular in school, neighbourhood and at home, can Joy make it back in time to make things right for her again?

The defence of Inside Out :: An intelligent, fun movie is what we get here in the form of Inside Out, something that will keep one entertained as well as thinking. With the smartness that becomes an inherent quality in this movie, it becomes a fine watch for people of all ages. There is the message that stays strong, or rather a collection of such messages. It remains highly appealing for children, but at the same time, maintains a strong philosophical side – a skill that a number of animated movies have developed in the recent past, but most of them haven’t been this much balanced in achieving the same. The movie’s world is also visually very good; there is skill in the design of this universe inside the mind and the characters are also a lot likable. We can connect to the emotions as well as the characters, and them both at the same time – that is new.

Claws of flaw :: There should be questions about the movie fully using its potential though, and even if not that much visible on the outside, it is often too smart for children, and at other times, too childish for adults – it often depends on how you are going to view this one. Inside Out is surely not the usual animated movie, and there are moments when the audience can doubt its ability to balance the two sides. There is also the predictability that comes in, and it is something that this movie could have left behind. I am also not that glad that the other emotions are not given that much importance; anger, sadness and fear – I have felt them more than joy and sadness in my entire life! So, it is once again rather subjective, isn’t it? I don’t believe that joy and sadness will ever have more significance; they never did even when I was a kid.

Soul exploration :: The movie’s message is more about balance rather than anything else, and we often need sadness as much as the happiness in our lives. Anger, disgust, fear and everything else are just integral parts of our lives. There are moments during which each of these will produce something special; there are beautiful songs and poems inspired by sadness or bringing that effect, most of them even more popular than those joyful ones. As the movie brings out, sadness is surely that significant; if you ask me, I would go for sadness over joy as it is one emotion that makes a person understand the world and the other people as what they are. Joy is more like fog that blurs our vision and is often a lie, but sadness and the rest of the team makes us see everything as they are; these bring us back on Earth and shows us the true faces of people. I will choose disgust as the strongest of them all.

How it finishes :: The last movie from Pixar which I really liked was Up, in the year 2009. Inside Out brings that kind of an emotional connection even though I would still prefer that 2009 movie as well as WALL-E, with Brave being the worst. What I will be looking for the most from Pixar, shall be Finding Dory though. Some movies just go so much childish, and it is a trap that has been set for the animated flicks; Inside Out successfully escapes that one with the skills of Prince of Persia through the Sands of Time or Tomb Raider through one of those undiscovered ruins of an ancient civilization. It is what clever movie-making is all about. The one big advantage that you will have with Inside Out is that after those emotional moments, you can show your feelings and blame Miss Sadness for the same.

Release date: 26th June 2015 (India); 19th June 2015 (USA)
Running time: 94 minutes
Directed by: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Moynihan, Paula Pell, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Josh Cooley, Flea, John Ratzenberger, Carlos Alazraqui, Lori Alan, Rashida Jones


@ Cemetery Watch
✠ The Vampire Bat.


45 thoughts on “Inside Out

  1. This is one of my favourite movies! Absolutely LOVED sadness (found Joy a bit annoying as she monopolized the control board). There was an overdose of Joy (maybe related to people who are always cheerful?) Overall, it’s a movie I’ll watch over and over again! Good, balanced review πŸ˜‰

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  2. Gosh! This is the first time ever that, I got to read the review of a movie from you, that I already watched… and loved it!! I am glad we are on the same page πŸ˜€ In this movie, I believe if one can relate each message with one’s own life, then it is loud and clear. And heck yeah… the name of the movie can be given to a plot on serial killers ;P

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  3. At last a reveiw about a movie I would recomment others to watch… I loved this cartoon and its very inspiring… the message is its ok if you feel sad sometimes, joy cannot be the norm and you should embrace sadness… other emotions are there as well but these are the two mains… see there are happy memories and sad ones… chalo thankyou… just seeing you reveiwing this movie got a smile in my heart(: … good family movie where do we get movies in theathers we can go with families with these and fun unlike junk movies): … I am days?… its speacial… I love animation movies they are light, have positive message… I am glad they won oscars !!

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  4. I am sure in that tea celebrations blog you must have talked about elections… did you vote in Kerela… and is Kerala like Somalia, I heard Nadedra Modi criticized kerala calling it Somalia?… I have not visited both places so don’t know.

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    • I have been busy; didn’t follow the election much; just voted thats all!

      I am sure that he was talking about some other places which he has visited and not Kerala; well he hasn’t seen much of Kerala and therefore his confusion. I don’t think that he directly meant Kerala either.

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  5. This is one of the best movies I have seen in recent while. Simply loved it. What an amazing concept. I guess every parent must watch this movie along with their children. Nicely reviewed as well Teny.

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