Oscar Optimization – Inside Out (2015) – Encore Review 2


Since it’s been nearly two months since I watched most of the Oscar Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch many of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on Inside Out (2015):

inside_out“Do you ever look at someone and wonder, “What is going on inside their head?” Well, I know. Well, um, I know Riley’ head. ” – Joy

Number of Times Seen – 3 (3 Jul 2015, 16 Nov 2015 and 17 Feb 2016)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – We get to see the innermost workings of the mind of a young girl who each differ on how best to deal with everyday problems.

My Take on it – I have already stated numerous times over the last 8 months how much I absolutely love this movie!

It is so inventive and smart and also tries to make some kind of order out of what potentially goes on n each and every one of our minds.

The script is amazingly written and is funny, witty, emotional and ultimately inspiring.

This film is disguised as a kid’s movie, but it really isn’t.  I have heard from numerous sources (even my own) that kids just don’t even come close to enjoying and understanding what is going on here as adults.

The voice cast is superb; Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling are all great. (My personal favorite is Black of course).

I’ve seen every one of PIXAR’s amazing movies and this one is one of the best because it really hits the nail on the head on so many levels and it spoke to me directly all 3 times I’ve seen it.

I am actually reminded about this movie so often, especially every time I look into my 14 month old daughter’s eyes because it makes me wonder what really is going on back there… This movie does a damn fine job attempting to explain it to us.

I am quite disappointed that The Academy didn’t find it great enough to warrant a Best Picture Nomination at least, but I guess we’ll all have to settle for the Best Animated Feature Oscar (which is slightly, slightly comforting as a consolation prize).

Bottom Line – Still believe that this is the best film of 2015 (in any format) because despite being disguised as a kid’s movie, it really shows us so much emotion and insight into how our minds could possibly work.  Excellent voice cast.  One of my favorite PIXAR films because it spoke so directly to me.  I still am reminded of this movie’s message every time I look into my infant daughter’s eyes because I wonder what is going on her head all the time. Highly Highly Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? -Most definitely. This is the best move of the year IMHO because it does an amazing job explaining why we act the way we do, plus it’s so emotional.  Very unfortunate that it wasn’t at least nominated for Best Picture.  Best Animated Movie Oscar is a nice consolation prize, but still not enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Originally Joy would be teamed with Fear rather than Sadness. The creators thought they would be the funnier pairing. They ended up going with Sadness instead when Pete Docter was on a Sunday walk and then had a bad train of thought. He feared he’d get fired and lose his friends. Because of this he realized Joy needed to realize it was ok for sadness to be at the controls once in a while. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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