Inside Out is Pixar’s second female animated movie. The action takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley Anderson. The story follows the five (5) personified emotions in her head – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – and shows how they navigate the little girl through the circumstances she finds herself in.
Just like every other good Pixar movie out there, and certainly the ones that director Pete Docter was responsible for – Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Wall-E, Up – Inside Out also has that great mix of humor and human emotion that makes for a memorable cinematic experience and often leaves kids and adults alike in tears.
As the movie is getting ready to hit cinemas this upcoming Friday (June 19, 2015), critics have started reviewing it and they have nothing but good things to say. They’ve taken to calling it a masterpiece and stressing that despite its PG rating, it’s a very adult film in its themes.
Even more remarkable, it managed to do something that almost never happens – it scored 100 percent (100%) on Rotten Tomatoes. It also scored 91 percent (91%) on Metacritic.
Many were disappointed with Pixar’s first female led animated movie, Brave, calling it a typical Disney princess movies rather than one of the innovative, inventive and awe-inspiring adventures that the studio’s male led movies always have.
Many more movie lovers were hoping that Pixar would redeem themselves with Inside Out, and if critics are to be believed it seems that that is exactly what happened.
Mark Hughes of Forbes stresses what a strong female character the movie has. He says that female viewers have proven their value at the box office in recent years and that Disney and Pixar have delivered “content featuring strong female leads in great stories that speak to female viewers”. He considers it to be Pixar’s best movie since Toy Story 3.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called Inside Out a landmark for the company and a movie that can not be missed. He says that it introduces new standards to what animated movies can do, that it’s funny, sad and more artistic than many live action movies.
Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly paints the film as being “transcendent and touching”, “psychologically clever”, and insists that the filmmakers made a movie that appeals to adults every bit as much as it does do kids.
Michael Phillips of The Chicago Tribune says that Inside Out is Pixar’s best cinematic experience since 2009’s Up. He describes it as having a beautiful resolution and praises it for teaching kids that hardships in life not only exist, but also have value.
A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls the cinematic experience charming, funny, full of surprises and an advocate for melancholy.
Alonso Duralde of The Wrap refers to Inside Out as “the kind of movie that may forever change the way children—and even adults—discuss their feelings”.
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