Andrew Berkeley (@AndrewBerkeley)
If you haven't indulged in a Pixar film in a while, you need to do yourself a favour and immediately watch Inside Out! Your inner child will thank you and your on-the-surface adolescent is guaranteed to cry at the power behind its message: it's okay to be sad because you need to experience the lows in life to appreciate the highs.
The plot surrounds a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), showing how her brain is developing over the first 11 years of her life. She's controlled by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader). Overall, Riley's a happy kid who likes to goof around, play hockey, and hang out with her friends. But when her family uproots from Minnesota to San Francisco, she has trouble adjusting to all the change in her life.
Inside Riley's head, Joy tries to maintain control of Riley's core memories to ensure that she stays positive and happy. But on Riley's first day of school, Sadness takes control of "the console" that controls Riley and causes her to cry. This creates a sad core memory which starts to get sucked up into a vacuum that will commit it to long-term memory. Joy panics and tries to retrieve it, but she and Sadness also get sucked out of headquarters and into the mysterious maze of long-term memory. This leads to an epic journey to return to headquarters while Anger, Fear, and Disgust attempt to keep Riley from going off the rails.
The voice casting of each emotion fits absolutely perfectly. The timbre of each actor’s voice completely matches the personality of the emotion they are trying to embody, from Lewis Black’s erupting yells to Phyllis Smith's mopey tone. Amy Poehler shines as the standout of the movie because you can hear the smile she has with every line she delivers.
Inside Out is one of Pixar's absolute finest and one of the best feel-good movies ever. If you're looking for your pick-me-up, you can check it out on Netflix today!