Inside Out Movie Review
We decided that we would take our five year old to this movie. I am not sure why Minions did not come out on the fourth of July weekend as it would have been a great weekend for that to open.
Anyways Inside Out follows a girl named Riley. Actually it opens with Riley being born and the first thing she knows is joy. Joy last for 33 seconds before sadness joins into the list of emotions. Soon Fear, Anger, and Disgust join her list of emotions. Everything is going great for Riley, she has a good family, a best friend, a passion for hockey, and just enough silly to make life fun. Of course this balance is shaken to its core when the family picks up and moves to San Francisco.
The story itself has some funny moments, some that are sad, well a few that make you sad, and even a little adventure. I do like how it depicts the brain and how it functions. How memory’s are made, stored, and used. Sitting next to my five year old at times the story went way over his head and at other times it hit home with a lot of ways to relate to it. I would say that really this film to be best captured you would need to be seven to twelve. Though it does have a few moments that only an adult would understand. Under seven the child will still enjoy the movie but may not get the emotions. I know our son asked a lot of questions which is fine as other kids were doing the same thing. My only complaint is the story in the middle does drag on a little longer than my comfort level allowed. Things get rather bleak for a while and it seems that maybe this section was a little long. Even though the writers put in a little comic relief to break the mood some it did just seem to stretch this section a little long for my liking.
The animation in Inside Out was excellent as expected. It had some real sharp colors and really did some neat things with the animation. Along with the animation the sound and music also went well with the film. That includes the voices used for the characters.
Overall it felt like Inside Out was a very short film. The film itself is 94 minutes but really felt short. With that it did feel like the movie just kind of ended. Still it was good and one section of the movie is not enough to ruin it. It kept me interested and it kept my son interested. It is the kind of movie that you have to be prepared to cry at as at times it does pull at your heart strings a bit. I did enjoy the movie and even though it is not perfect I still thought it was good. I would give it a 3 out of 5.