Flash Movie Review: Inside Out

I could hear the two voices in a heated discussion about whether I should bring a jacket or not. Planning on attending an outdoor event recently, there was one voice in my head telling me to bring a jacket due to the possibility of rain showers. It was also telling me that I needed a jacket since I would be outside after nightfall and I could get cold. The other voice was saying I needed to leave my jacket at home because with the temperature going up into the middle 80s no one would be walking around with a jacket. This argument was going on while I was changing in the locker room of the health club. In the next bank of lockers there was a father with 2 young children, the youngest in diapers. As the older boy was amusing himself by opening and closing the locker doors around him, the father placed his daughter on her back on top of a bench. She immediately let out an ear piercing scream as she burst into wailing tears. The father quickly pulled out his phone, swiping the screen with his thumb like a gunslinger, to position it right in front of the infant’s face. Instantaneously all sounds out of her stopped and the tear ducts dried up. But here is the catch; as soon as the dad tried to move his arm back to change his daughter’s diaper, she revved right up again with crying wails. To me it looked like a Pavlovian experiment as the opposite reactions of the daughter kept flipping back and forth depending on where the smartphone was placed. I now understand how these opposing feelings could rise up so quickly since I have seen this imaginative movie.    RILEY, voiced by relative newcomer Kaitlyn Dias, only knew her Minnesota home her entire life. Moving to San Francisco due to her father’s job, Riley’s emotions were sent reeling as her unhappiness grew as the family tried to settle into their new place. This animated dramatic comedy had a more sophisticated story than other animated films I have recently seen. I am not sure if very young children will sit through this movie. At least at the theater where I saw this visual jewel of a picture, the movie trailers and short film before the movie clocked in for a total of 25 minutes. The actors such as Amy Poehler (Mean Girls, Baby Mama) as Joy, Lewis Black (Man of the Year, The Aristocrats) as Anger and Phyllis Smith (Bad Teacher, The Office-TV) as Sadness were just perfect at voicing their characters. The imaginativeness displayed in this adventure has set a new bar of excellence in my opinion. Just the idea of these emotions working together as we reach our adolescence was brilliantly handled in this story. By the end of the film the joy inside of my head was jumping up and down.


3 1/2 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 22, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I would like to see this film 🙂 You make it sound good 🙂

  2. I’m seeing it tonight 🙂 I hope it meets my high expectations.

  3. Putting it on my list to see. 😊

  4. internetheartsbeauty

    Thanks for reviewing this movie! I look forward to seeing it. 🙂

  5. Totally agree with you! It opens up great dialogue about our emotions.

  6. I’m a real movie buff, and always on the look-out for good children’s films. Love your reviews. You analyze and comment on a wide variety of movies without denigrating those whose tastes may differ (or giving away too much of the plot). Thanks a bunch!

    • Thank you for taking the time to leave your sweet and accurate comments. My bottom line is if a movie moves a person, whether enjoy or not) it has done its job. Also, I try to keep the info to a few lines so everyone can experience the film fresh with no preconceived ideas.

  7. Looking forward to seeing this one in the UK. Thank’s for the post like btw, I love the way you’ve introduced this one with an anecdote.

    • Thank you for stopping by to leave your comments and kind words. I can’t wait for you to see this film and would enjoy hearing your views on it. Keep up with your wonderful site’s posts.

  8. As I mentioned on your review of Pixels, my 6 year old and I went to see Inside Out and we loved it. I was bowled over my the imagination and creativity involved in the story telling and characterisation and my youngest was swept along by the action and fun and the characters. It was just breath-takingly brilliant from beginning to end. We both found it emotive and evocative but for different reasons, of course, so it definitely “brings the feels” which is somewhat critical for a movie about emotions. It maybe was not as soulful as some of Pixar’s other offerings but that was no doubt because it was so cerebral. Throughout the movie, I found myself thinking, “How clever!” My youngest and I cannot wait for the rest of the family to see it.

    • You hit the nail right on the head; perfect take on a wonderful film. I loved the colors, the silliness and the warmth this generated for all ages. Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your wonderful reviews.

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