Representing so much more than a return to form for Pixar, Inside Out felt like an amalgamation of all the fine work that has proceeded it, combining all the things that have made their previous films so special and creating something quite remarkable.
Beautifully rendered, impeccably voiced, thoughtful, hilarious, heartbreaking, there aren’t enough superlatives to do justice to Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen’s emotional story. It is a simple enough concept, looking at the living embodiment of the feelings that dwell in a young girls head, and examine how their interactions affect her in the real world.
But it is the loving attention to detail on every level which really brings the film to life. A movie theatre that creates dreams, a train of thought that is a literal train, the Abstract Thought Chamber, every inch of Riley’s brain has been thought out and meticulously planned within an inch of its life.
Positively bursting with hilarious and ingenious gags and requiring multiple viewings to fully appreciate the full extent of the creativity on display. A useful tool to help young viewers understand their emotions, and to help adults reconnect with their childlike innocence. It is quite possibly Pixar’s most accomplished film to date. High praise indeed.
Read my full review for The Telstar Film Review