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Film Review: Inside Out

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★★★★☆

Disney Pixar have a solid space in every household's DVD collection, and with their consistently family-friendly, laugh-out-loud and feel-good movies, it's hard to expect anything less than pure quality from them.

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Inside Out is their 15th film, and arguably their finest to date.

The genius team who supplied us with the worldwide favourite Toy Story trilogy have returned with Inside Out, an emotional rollercoaster that sets us on a journey through the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) from birth, watching her nurture and grow but best of all, taking us along with her on one of the most exciting, emotional and funny journeys of our lives.

One thing is for sure: the film has clearly had a lot of extensive thought put into it. The trailer gives us a teaspoon of what to expect, but 94 minutes later you've emerged into a whole world inside and out.

Riley is guided by her emotions: anger (Lewis Black), sadness (Phyllis Smith), joy (Amy Poehler), fear (Bill Hader) and disgust (Mindy Kaling). Each emotion comes to life in a fantastically developed character featuring stereotypical characteristics that lead Riley through the good and the bad in her everyday life.

Joy is the gang's leader and assists her fellow group to ensure Riley is as happy as possible - since Riley has always been a happy girl and Joy has always been there to accompany her.

Sadness tends to try and get more involved in Joy's plans of attack and often disrupts the process resulting in a sad Riley, when Joy attempts to stop Sadness from ruining Rileys thoughts, the pair disappear and get lost in "long-term memory", far away from the headquarters where they are based.

The film takes place in two locations, the rural Midwest and San Francisco, where Riley finds it hard to settle and Fear, Disgust and Anger are left to guide Riley due to Sadness and Joy's absence.

The pair are on a mission to get back to the team but Riley's world comes crashing down and obstructions lead to it becoming a difficult task. Luckily for us, we meet some entertaining characters along the way, including Riley's old imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind) who helps the pair on their mission.

Director Pete Docter (the genius behind Monsters Inc and Up) sets us up on another entertaining journey and channels emotions that make you go from sobbing one minute, to laughing the next.

Vibrant colours and fantastic creativity feature in this tale that is emotionally-driven and full of love and laughter.

Inside Out is the must-see film of the summer. 




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