Inside Out review

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It’s been two years of absence and InsideOut is Pixar’s most triumphant return since Toy Story 3.

There’s a reason why I respect Pixar as a movie company. All their films are incredibly mature while mantaining that innocent and cheerful spirit of an animated film. Also, every new Pixar movie is quite unique and different from the rest.

Inside Out aroused a lot of expectancy from me because Pixar is already good at portraying deep topics, so, when I heard that they were making a movie about how the emotions work inside the head, I knew something big was coming.

But most importantly is that we are talking about the emotions inside 11 year old Riley, a young girl who’s life has been mainly guided by Joy, hence, most of her memories are happy ones. Riley’s life seems very colorful in every aspect as Joy, Fear, Disgust and Anger all co-work in a very efficient way. The only one that doesn’t seem to fit very well is Sadness, as nobody really knows what she is there for.

However, things start giving a radical turn when Riley has to move to another city because of her dad’s job. This means goodbye to everything she once knew and now she has to  face the changes of a new school, a new sports team, new friends… and the 5 emotions are having a very hard time trying to find new ways for Riley to be happy again.

The most brilliant aspect about this movie for me is the fact that everything is a total represantation of real life. Everything Riley lives is actually what real kids sometimes have to face when they are growing up and Pixar takes advantage of this to explain how the emotions become out of control and try to restore balance to them.

And everything becomes even deeper and better when the movie starts showing the conflict most people have between Joy and Sadness in a very funny and heartwarming way. The way Pixar shows how all the emotions have a very important role in daily life is quite unique to experience.

Great merit for the film to feel authentic and immersive goes to the main characters who are the emotions. Everyone has his own personality portrayed in an excellent way while caring for restoring emotional balance. Joy is always energetic and cheerful and literally glows of happiness; Sadness is always remembering the possible sad outcomes; Fear is the one responsible for the second thoughts about decisions; Disgust is always judgmental; and Fear is the one who can’t tolerate injustices.

Another great aspect of the film is that everything is told in a very funny way. All the jokes have to do with the emotions and how the head of a little girl works. It’s enough to say that even the jokes make sense with the plot and are not just silly random jokes.

There are even short scenes where we visit Riley’s parents heads and see how their respective emotions work based on their personality, which results in very hilarious moments.

There are heartbreaking scenes, too. Another big topic in the movie is forgotten memories, and some of those memories end up being crucial for the film’s plot,  and when we see them vanish, it’s truly heartbreaking.

As a whole, Inside Out results in yet another masterpiece from Pixar. I really hadn’t enjoy another Pixar movie that much since those days of Toy Story 3. In fact, if you pay attention, there are some elements in Inside Out that will remind you of that movie, too.

Inside Out is a movie that has it all. It’s beautifully animated, the plot is a perfect combination between a deep story and a funny one, the jokes make sense with all the plot, it’s a new and great way to show kids and adults alike the importance of emotional balance…. I would say those 2 years of waiting for a new Pixar movie were worth it.

10 stars

Rating: 10

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Most Expected Movies of 2015

They say that every New Year is a new beginning and that is no exception for movies. 2014 was the year of many sequels and prequels but there were also remarkable ones, some disappointments and a bit of controversy but the world has moved on so best we do it too. Here are the most expected movies of 2015.

7. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2

The whole Hunger Games franchise has been a worldwide hit with every new release in the last few years and 2015 will be the time when the final installment ends the series.

After watching a massive advertising campaign in the first part about the revolution while waiting for something to actually happen we finally get a chance to see what the last chapter is all about: the battle against the capitol.

One of the most popular actresses today, Jennifer Lawrence comes once again as Katniss Everdeen as the leader of the rebels who have built up enough courage to raise in arms and fight for justice.

Expect the final chapter come to an end on November 20.

6. Mad Max: Fury Road

This film faced many problems throughout its production that caused it several delays and many had even speculated that it would never become a real thing. But after almost 30 years since the original Mad Max trilogy was released now it’s time for George Miller to return to the helm of the fourth installment of the post-apocalyptic series.

Fury Road had originally been planned for Mel Gibson to return as the main character as he did in the first three movies, but in the end Tom Hardy will be leading the cast as the new Mad Max Rockatansky, a rebel on the run who, alongside Furiosa (Charlize Theron) is trying to get rid of the chaos surrounding the vast desert they live in.

However, Miller had described Fury Road as an action film from start to finish, so expect some impressive action sequences and vehicle chases become the main attraction when it finally comes out on May 15.

5. Tomorrowland

At this time of cinematography history theatres are flooded with remakes, sequels and even prequels and they are under an urgent need of something that feels fresh. Tomorrowland is one of the few original productions that are worth noticing this year because the person responsible for directing this Disney live action film is none other than Brad Bird, one of the best directors in the last years, whose works includeThe Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, among others.

The only thing that is known about the movie is that Britt Robertson and George Clooney will be starring the film as Casey and “former boy-genius” Frank, respectively, who embark on a journey through space all the way to Tomorrowland in which their actions will affect their world and themselves, “forever”.

Even though the plot details are scarce, the fact that Brad Bird will be directing it is close to enough to make us get excited about it and pay closer attention to further info until we can finally go see it on May 22.

4. Inside Out

After one year off the big screen, Pixar is planning to release not one, but two movies this year. One is the delayed The Good Dinosaur and the other one is Inside Out. However, Inside out is the one that slightly captures more our attention.

This plot is the result of an original idea from the genius director of UP andMonster, Inc., Pete Docter and will tell the story of a little girl, Ryona, as she struggles the phase of “change” due to her dad’s new job in San Francisco. What makes it engaging is the fact that everything will be based on how the emotions work inside a person’s mind. And, since Ryona is still a child, there’s a lot of chaos regarding the 5 emotions that control her in headquarters inside her head: anger, fear, disgust, sadness and joy.

CGI behemoth, Pixar, has been well known for bringing very mature flicks in the form of exquisite animations in the past and it will be rather interesting to see this one when it comes out on June 19.

3. Jurassic World

After witnessing the visually stunning Jurassic Park becoming a great success back in 1993 and its sequels disappointing most of the people who loved the first part in 1997 and 2001, respectively, it’s time for the fourth entry of the franchise to finally appear on the big screen. Jurassic World was first scheduled for a 2005 release but got a little delayed over time.

The direction of Colin Trevorrow and production of Steven Spielberg will take us back to Isla Nublar to experience John Hammond’s original vision finally becoming a reality. There are new experiments taking place in the new dinosaur theme park which include, among others, an extremely intelligent hybrid dinosaur that will likely unleash chaos once again. Among the actors we will see Chris Patt after his journey in Guardians of the Galaxy and Bryce Dallas Howard as a genetic engineer.

The new park will have its gates open on June 12.

2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s kind of difficult to find somebody today that doesn’t get at least a little excited about any superhero movie that Marvel has to offer especially if that movie gathers up a bunch of heroes that have been mashing the box office the last few years with its own shows in the big screen.

Following the imminent success of The Avengers back in 2012, Age of Ultron will have again the participation of Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Tony Stark, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner as the main heroes while introducing new members to the group such as Aaron Taylor and Elizabeth Olsen as the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively. This time the members of the Avengers will have to face a new threat that comes by the name of Ultron.

The second installment in the Avengers franchise will probably be one of the biggest box office success of the year following the steps of its older brother almost three years ago but for that we will have to wait until it comes out on May 1.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There is no real surprise that Star Wars: Episode VII has created more buzz than any other film in this list since its announcement right after Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 if we have a look at the impact that the whole franchise has had in popular culture for many years. The first trilogy was a massive success upon its release back in late 70s and early 80s and even if the prequels that came out from 1999 to 2005 didn’t receive as much love as Episode IV, V and VI it’s hard not to get eager about how this new announced trilogy will turn out.

Now with JJ Abrams in the helm of this voyage to the galaxy far, far away, The Force Awakens will take place 30 years after Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi and feature the participation of beloved characters such as Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Leia Ogana and Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

Out of that any more details have been revealed other than rumors but do expect a lot of info being shown throughout the year until we can finally go see it on December 18.

Conclusion

With all that been said 2015 definitely looks like a year worth of good movies. Sequels and Prequels will still take the lead in the industry but most of them are quite promising and have already gotten a lot of attention from fans, especially if we realize that their respective predecessors were in fact instant successes so there’s nothing that makes us think that this year will not feature any more box office smashers.

What do you think? Do you agree with me or are you expecting some other ones?