Inside Out is one of the most creative animated films ever crafted. With that being said, it didn’t do much for me.
Despite the extreme sensory overload, the landscapes of Inside Out are truly great. I found it quite odd that this had some of the most detailed landscapes that I have ever seen in an animated film, yet the characters really lacked detail. The juxtaposition between the two stood out quite a bit.
Inside Out really missed on the ball on the emotional parts for me and lacked even more in terms of comedy. There has always been some great laugh out loud comedy prevalent in Pixar’s best work. Sadly, this only made me smirk a handful of times.
I think the emotional bits of Inside Out would have been a lot more effective if there was more of a focus on Riley, instead of being in her head for most of the film. The concept of Inside Out is great. Docter explores this in such a unique and fun way. With that being said, the concept really holds this back from going somewhere else. Inside Out doesn’t nearly explore the external life of Riley enough to make the emotional parts have enough impact on me.
The voice acting was great on all accounts though. Each of the voice actors perfectly captures the anthropomorphized emotions that they are playing. Lewis Black casted as Anger was one of the greatest casting choices in years. No one could have done a better job than him in that role. It was crazy to see Kyle McLachlan play someone that wasn’t a complete creep for once.
The ending of Inside Out really killed it for me. Up until the last twenty minutes, Docter avoids hitting the audience over the head with the over-sentimentality. He really lays it on heavy in the final twenty minutes. I think it would have worked a lot more for me if he had built up the outside world a bit more, since he only really attaches us to the emotions. Then after the real climactic scene at the end, which was intended to deliver the feels, everything is all of a sudden much better. It was incredibly disappointing and just felt like the easiest way to wrap this up.