Inside Out~ Pixar
I know it's most likely too early to say but I feel like it's not too far-fetched to say that this is probably my favorite Pixar movie. It sounds crazy to say that looking at the backlog with the Toy Story movies and Finding Nemo and the Incredibles but... this one just works so well on every conceivable level. Some of the other movies, I've had my nit-picks with but I still loved and some I thought handled certain areas better then other. Never before have I seen a movie like this where everything was so perfectly balanced and well done. It's unbelievable.
It's well-paced, the script is fantastic, it's beyond imaginative, and it felt fresh and new despite it being proposed as an idea that, on the surface, looks like it had been done before. However, it's so much more then what it looks like on the outside. I remember seeing the trailers for this movie and, while I was interested, Pixar's track record in recent years had me a bit miffed. I was still eager to see it since it was, for once, finally a movie that wasn't another sequel and the trailers did squeeze an ounce of interest out of me enough to take my sister to see it. I remember not knowing what I was going to get when the movie began and I came out of it wanting to see it again. I want to see it again so much. I want the continuing adventures of even.
It's so refreshing in a sense because it spoke to me so well. I'm not a person whose a stranger to sadness and I tend to get emotional a lot. Watching these emotions try and work their way around this situation was enthralling and by the end, when that twist hit, I was a lit with a glow that I feel like hasn't been within me for a long time.
All your emotions are important and they all serve a function that your body needs in order to get through whatever is ailing it. There's always that stigma of having too much of a good thing and there's plenty of avenues you can take with an idea like that. It takes it's premise and branches out into lessons that have you needing to deal with whatever awful situation your in or to take notice of when a sacrifice is a well and true sacrifice that helped make an ordeal better but also made a strong point about letting things go.
Yeah, I cried like three times during this. One of them wasn't even during the movie proper. There was a really good short that played before the movie called "Lava" about a lonely volcano who sung this really heart-warming, but also really sad song.
That's the thing about this that works so well. It's funny, it's heart-warming, it's sad, it's happy, it's all of those things and somehow it all works. No one emotion it wants to convey to the audience overrides the other and it makes everything work on a balanced and fundamental level. That way when it needs to make a strong point, it does it and it feels strong.
All the voices were great. Lewis Black as Anger was so well animated. I can't believe how well they got down his mannerisms and the lines he was saying were just so natural sounding. It was amazing. Amy Poehler was great as Joy. The protaginist with the heart of joy, of course drives the movie well. However, my personal favorite character and the true heart of the movie was Sadness, played by Phyllis Smith. I had a feeling I knew what her deal was from the very beginning and I turned out to be right. I resonate with sadness a lot honestly but the great thing about that is that the movie did an excellent job at making me feel okay with that. Literally.
I really hope everyone goes to see it and they give this, who knows how many awards. It deserves your money, it deserves your attention, it deserves whatever good things the world can throw at it. It's fantastic and easily a lot better then the stuff Pixar's been throwing our way recently. Fucking Cars 2...
It's all I can think about right now. Seriously, I can barely remember the last time I felt so positive about a movie that made me feel so good about feeling sad. Too early to tell or not, it's my favorite Pixar movie as of right now. Maybe it'll go up or down but I seriously doubt it. Do yourselves a huge favor and go see it. Pixar's back and it's better then ever.