Film #52: INSIDE OUT
3.5 out of 5 stars
Oh, Pixar… what mysteries of narrative have you unlocked? A hugely talented voice-over cast (highlights being Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith) headlines this animated examination into Self, family, and growing up. Directed by Pete Docter (UP, MONSTERS, INC) and Ronnie Del Carmen (DUG’S SPECIAL MISSION), the film reportedly received an eight minute standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes. Beautifully rendered, the film is far more sophisticated than it’s intended audience could possibly appreciate. FAR too scary and dark for the tykes, INSIDE OUT is perfect for pre-teens, teens, and adults. I mean, the imagery and subject of its narrative is just a little too heavy, methinkst. And up until the third act, the whole narrative is just so depressing. That said, and in pure Pixar fashion, the film’s ending tied it all together nicely. Again, the films may be a little too convoluted and scary for the little ones, but… its representation of maturing and age is well-grounded and psychologically sound. Easily the most sophisticated of Pixar’s filmography, INSIDE OUT is recommended, but with certain reservations.