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29. Inside Out (#128)

Do you ever look at someone and wonder, “What is going on inside their head?”

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, The 250 is a fortnightly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every second Saturday at 6pm GMT, with the occasional bonus episode between them.

This time, Pete Docter’s Inside Out.

Featuring the anthropomorphised personalities of five distinct emotions, Inside Out invites its audience to step inside the mind of an eleven year girl and see how it ticks. Riley has just moved across the country with her family as her father takes on a new job, forcing “Joy” to work overtime to maintain her sunny disposition. However, as “Sadness” begins to creep in around the edges, maintaining that optimism may prove a challenge.

At time of recording, it was ranked the 128th best movie of all time on the Internet Movie Database.


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2 Responses

  1. I know I’m part of a very small minority when it comes to this film, but I found it disappointing. Now, that is not say I found it a bad film because there is a lot of good. The idea is imaginative and the characters are likable enough. No, my problem with this film is how it seemed so determined to emotionally manipulate the viewer. I really don’t like scenes that specifically designed to make someone cry, rather than seeming natural.

    Another problem with the film is that the “plight” that Riley goes through is not all that engaging. She is in a new neighborhood, which I suppose might be tough, but she acts totally irrationally, and I don’t buy that she would go through such a wide gamut of emotions in only two days.

    There also seem to be discarded plot threads, such as her father’s struggle with his work that are never resolved. It makes me wonder if in an earlier draft her father lost his job, and the film was about dealing with that. That would have made a much more engaging film.

    My final problem with the film was the second act of going through the mind seemed to drag a little bit. There are only so many times I can see two characters, who by design have one note emotions, try to solve something only for it to go wrong. I want to emphasize that I do like the film, but I don’t see it as classic PIXAR, like the Toy Story films, The Incredibles, and Walle are.

    • I’d veer to the opposite. I think Inside Out is one of the best things that Pixar ever made, in part because it is so simple and so accessible and so fun. Then again, I tried it as the Mooney Family Christmas Movie in 2015, and it sank like a lead balloon.

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