Sunday, June 28, 2015

7 Days in May | Inside Out

Didn't get a lot in this past week, but I did go see Inside Out. Although I have to admit that I wasn't excited about it after that trailer with the dinner table scene.

Ninety minutes of stereotyped dialogue between emotions didn't interest me. But enough people raved about it that I decided to give it a look. I'm usually not as crazy over Pixar films as a lot of my friends are, so I kept my expectations low, but I also understood that maybe that was just a lousy trailer that focused too much on one, out-of-context scene. And yep, that's the case.

Inside Out is wonderful. I don't want to have to rank my favorite Pixar films, but it's as great as anything they've done. It's not only funny and has a lot of heart, it's also very wise about the value of emotions. All of our emotions. We're often tempted to want to cheer up people we care about when they're feeling sad, but Inside Out points out that sadness isn't just a useful feeling, it's also a beautiful one. If you've ever seriously grieved and experienced well-meaning people trying to put a positive spin on whatever you're mourning, you know what I mean. Sometimes, you just need to allowed to feel freaking sad.

There's a lot else to be said about the movie, but just go to Rotten Tomatoes and read some of the many positive reviews. They all dissect and praise it better than I can. Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus.


Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

It was a welcome return for Pixar who had oddly enough been buried by Disney Animation for the last five years.

It feels like a plot very much in their vein with the fantastical anthropomorphic characters who treat this like another day at the office (toy story, monsters inc) mixed with a crazy mixed up road trip a la Finding Nemo or up.

Michael May said...

And with the soul of Ratatouille and the Toy Story trilogy. That's the important part to me.


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