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Movie Review: Inside Out

Photo: Disney Pixar

(KUTV) Inside Out
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Genre: Comedy, Drama , Animation
Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Recommended To: Everyone and anyone they might know.

Synopsis: When Riley, an 11-year-old girl, moves from the Midwest to San Francisco her emotions are thrown for loop as they try to adjust to her new environment.

Review: Most of us at one point or another in our childhoods found ourselves in someplace where we were forced to adapt to something new. Maybe it was your first day of school, moving to a new neighborhood or trying you hand at a new sport or musical instrument. We’ve all been there. As such the story of an 11-year-old girl forced to move from her native Minnesota to California seems like a fairly safe choice for Pixar. Safe until you consider that the story is primarily told from the perspective of the emotions, primarily Joy and Sadness, inside of her head. Maybe that sounds off putting to you; it isn’t. Like his previous work on Up, writer/director Pete Docter has a way of quickly drawing you into the story and doesn’t release you until the credits roll. Inside Out is a wonderful film with a script that balances its intelligence with an ample amount of heart. It is as engaging as anything you’ll see in theaters this year and accessible to just about anyone regardless of their age or gender. Inside Out is simply a universal story told from a unique perspective. It’s a masterwork of craftsmanship and a film that I absolutely love.


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