January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #1 of the 47.
Let’s start things off with… Inside Out (2015)
“Oh no! These Facts and Opinions look so similar!” – Joy
“Don’t worry about it. Happens all the time.” – Bing Bong
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this for the first time in the theater with my two sons. I enjoyed it the most between the three of us because it is such a deep story that speaks even more to adults than kids.
Number of Times Seen – 6 (3 Jul 2015, 16 Nov 2015, 17 Feb 2016, 11 Jan 2017, 18 Sep 2018 and 1 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl’s life is viewed from the perspective of the various emotions living inside her that control her actions.
My Take on it –The best PIXAR movie IMHO and my personal favorite from this amazing studio since it works on so many levels and is such a deeply emotional and poignant film told from a very unique perspective.
The characters are superbly developed and we get to see how our lives are driven via the various emotions within us.
The script is amazing and finds a way to allude to so many different aspects of our memories and thoughts which are explained in such a simplistic way that shows order and organization in the way our lives work.
The story is somewhat simplistic but they manage to get to all of the intricacies of our minds which makes it that much more intriguing and memorable to watch.
The musical score is amazing and helps add so much to the way that the story unfolds.
They find ways to make this film even more impactful as things move along because they are able to touch upon so many different aspects of life and our memories.
Love the choices for the voice cast because Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black are all superb as the various emotions and Richard Kind is superb as a childhood memory.
The story is told in such a poignant way that is so easy to touch anyone on an emotional level because it portrays things in such a seemingly plausible way despite the fact that we will never truly know how things work on a cellular level in our bodies.
The animation is exquisite and allows for us to visualize all of the various functions of our minds in ways that seem quite realistic and genuine.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera pitched the film to Mindy Kaling, she was moved to tears and said, “I think it’s great that you guys are making a film that shows it’s difficult to grow up and that it’s okay to be sad about it.” According to Pete Docter, they exclaimed, “Quick! Write that down!” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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