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Postby annarborjack » Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:22 pm

Ugh, I haven't posted here in almost a year. Well with this movie and The Good Dinosaur coming in November maybe I can be a bit more active. Anyway, here is a short little review thing I wrote for Inside Out, I just got back from seeing it:

Inside Out was a fantastic movie. Pixar brought about the great animation as always, and they delivered a brilliant concept of bringing to life your emotions. Joy, Fear, Sadness, and Disgust. Everything in the is movie was well thought out, it had a ton of brilliant, genius ideas. They got really creative with this film. It was great seeing how they gave visuals to things in your brain with memories and emotions, obviously. The story was great, and all the characters, the emotions and the other various characters, were great too. Amy Poehler does great as Joy, but as you might've guessed, Lewis Black steals the show as Anger. Though, one big problem that I had with it is, I feel as thought it needed to be more fleshed out. Mainly in the character department. I think they've should've given the humans a bit more development, even though emotions are the stars of the show. Also, there were some aspects of the story I think they focused too much on, and others, they focused too little on. And it did feel a bit rushed at times. I think the movie would've better if they gave it another say, 15 minutes, to flesh things out more.
Also, the short film before the movie, Lava, was really weird. I actually didn't like it. That singing volcano was creepy.
But overall, Inside Out was a fantastic movie. It had brilliant ideas that were displayed with perfection and creativity. I do think they needed to flesh out the story more and develop the human characters a little more, but other than that, Inside Out was great. 8.5/10
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Netbug009 » Sat Jun 20, 2015 7:17 am

I cried at this film more than I have cried at any film in my life. I can count the number of films I have shed even a few tears at on my hands - I just... cry on the inside, okay? - but Inside Out had me sobbing buckets for a good half an hour after the film was over. One of the ushers asked me if I needed a hug, for crying out loud.

Why? Because the way this film handles depression. I've dealt with depression for a large amount of my life and have never seen any media that is going to reach so many people get it like this did. We live in a really unhealthy culture that treats crying and sadness as bad things, and then there's this film. THIS FILM YOU GUYS.

"I can't make her feel anything." The control panel just. stopped. working. From that moment on I was a broken sobbing mess.

Thank you Pixar. I just... thank you. :cry:
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Chuckles » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:10 am

annarborjack wrote:Ugh, I haven't posted here in almost a year.


Ditto. Inside Out was great. Certainly a unique movie, and very untraditional even for Pixar. It's a big risk, and I think its biggest strength and weakness is that taking place in the mind means pretty much anything can happen. This means we get plenty of great sight gags and setpieces, but it also means we don't know the "rules" of Riley's mind as well as we do the real world. I know the production history had a few bumps in the road, so maybe Docter realized he really opened Pandora's box with a movie that has literally endless possibilities. That's just speculation. I also thought Fear, Anger, and Disgust were more side characters, but that had more to do with false misconceptions from the advertising that the five emotions would be treated as equal characters.

I just wanted to get my criticisms out of the way first; I genuinely liked the movie. The emotional scenes really moved me. After three sequels and Brave played it safe, Inside Out is refreshingly ambitious. It reminded me of the creative gambles Pixar took on earlier films like Wall-E and Up. It was a beautiful movie full of stand out scenes and lots of good jokes. I couldn't ask for more.

I really liked the creative animation techniques, and seeing "shaky cam" in some San Fransisco scenes really helped sell the mood. Score was good, worldbuilding was fun, and I have to reiterate despite how sad some scenes were, I thought the movie was hilarious.
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Bing Bong was fantastic. I thought we were in for Lotso 2.0, so I was pleasantly surprised by his actions. He had a strong character arc.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Leirin » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:51 pm

I got back from seeing it, and wow wow wow, it was utterly fantastic! It did not disappoint! I just knew that from the moment we heard the concept for this film that it would be something special, and deeply relatable, and I was not wrong. As soon as the gentle piano score played over the Pixar lamp logo I knew that many tears would be shed. :lol: Every step of the way I kept mentally going, "Oh wow, look at that!" and also laughing at how observational the humor was. It gets a little busy at times, and the second act isn't quite as enjoyable as the first and last, but the payoff makes up for it. Also, BING BONG. :( It made me so sad that he had to be let go of, but it was so powerful too.

Although the surface story of Inside Out is incredibly simple, the side of it we get to see is so poignant and well-told in a way that is totally unique to Pixar and reminds me why this studio is special and different. Go see it, now! :D I order you! 9/10

I also liked Lava, beautiful animation, but not a favorite Pixar short. Very sweet though and I like how the scope sets the tone for the movie.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby annarborjack » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:20 pm

I think I liked this movie a little less than everyone else. It was a great movie, I liked it a lot, but I liked I said, I just think they needed to flesh out the story and characters more.

EDIT: Also, I don't like how they didn't explain why they had to move. Something about investors was mentioned, but that's it. And also, why not move back? Your freaking daughter tried to run away from home and broke down in tears because you moved away. Why not, oh jeez, I dunno, MOVE BACK? I'm sure they moved away for a reason, but the film does not really explain it. If they gave a good reason I could say, well, they can't move back cause of this, but they didn't.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby weirdojace » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:14 pm

So where's the Pizza Planet truck?
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Frightwolf » Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:34 am

Saw it, loved it. Last Pixar film I LOVED was Toy Story 3. Cars 2 was fun for me but a huge letdown after the phenomenal TS3. Brave was disappointing to me. Monsters University was actually very good, and I was quite happy they made a worthwhile prequel. But Inside Out reminds me of the Ratatouille - Toy Story 3 days. Pete Docter may be the best director at Pixar.

I was most eager to see Anger since I love Lewis Black. And he was fantastic. But every emotion got a chance to shine. I ended up loving all of them. Disgust's sarcasm was hilarious, Fear's faces and reactions were awesome, Sadness was a riot and the star of the film, and Joy's infectious optimism was a treat, whether she complimented her dress or became star-stricken seeing some famous dream actor.

Can't wait to see this again.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Leirin » Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:34 am

I just wanted to ask, who did John Ratzenberger play? I forgot to even look for him...

I have to say one of my favorite scenes (in terms of how much it made me laugh) was
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when Fear was at the control during Riley's dream and he was nitpicking the clichés of each dream, then Joy and Sadness in the dog suit split and it looked terrifying from his view and he proceeded to panic until morning when the other emotions found him :lol:
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby TheSpaceSheriff » Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:43 am

Finally finished my review. Sorry it took so long.

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This afternoon, I had the opportunity to see Inside Out in theaters. After a complete year without a Pixar film, the “Pixar drought” is over. Ever since it was announced at D23 in 2013, Inside Out has been my most anticipated film of the summer and I was excited that I finally went out to see it. Before I dive into a mini review of Lava, I will say that this will contain a lot of plot spoilers.

Lava:
To be frank, I didn’t really like this short. Sure, the quality of animation is crisp and the mellow narration was fitting but I did not really care for the volcano at all. It might just be me being too hard on the short but I was not completely interested in both the love story between male and female volcanoes. The romance between the two felt pretty forced, even for a six minute short. The musical aspect of the short is the best thing about this short. Not bad but not too memorable either.

Inside Out:
Compared to the previous 3 Pixar films released, this film outshines them all in terms of plot, character development, humor, and the emotional impact Pixar is known for. It’s no question that most reviewers and Pixar fans alike are raving about this film.

The plot is pretty simple: Riley’s father accepts a new position for his company in San Francisco and moves his family there. Joy helps Riley and the other emotions think positively about the move yet struggles to balance her role in Headquarters with the other emotions. I’m glad Joy was created as a good natured but flawed character since it allows her to grow and value not only the role of Sadness in Headquarters but to understand that the other emotions care as deeply for Riley as she does. After Joy and Sadness leave Headquarters after a small conflict, Anger, Fear, and Disgust are left trying to fulfill Joy’s role. Overtime, this causes her to become less emotional to the point where she is unable to feel anymore. This creates great comedy but mostly emotional drama Pixar is famous for.

The interaction between all five emotions is so natural. Joy’s annoyance with Sadness and Disgust’s sly sarcastic remarks to the other emotions are few of the many examples of how well each emotion interacts with one another.

The one thing that surprised me the most was that Pixar had the balls to kill off a major character. Even though on-screen death isn’t a new concept for Pixar (ex. Hopper or Combat Carl), the fact that Bing Bong sacrificed himself to help Joy escape from the abyss. I was one of the few that thought he was going to be a major villain in the film which worried me since it would feel forced. Rather, Bing Bong’s role was pivotal in returning Joy to Riley. His sacrifice was among the more heartbreaking parts of the film.

By the end of the film, I was amazed by how both creative (people who have seen the Abstract Thought portion or the colorful landscape of Riley’s mind will understand) and humorous Inside Out managed to be alongside its more serious themes of depression and loneliness.

In short, I may not have shown it but the last few Pixar films had me worried that Pixar had finally rested on their laurels. Inside Out, however, proved that Pixar was still committed to taking frequently used concepts and adapting them in a profoundly original way. Inside Out gave me hope that the writers at Pixar are committed to writing excellent films that are made to make the audience both laugh and cry. I am proud to say that it is my second favorite, non-Toy Story, Pixar film.

As a bonus, stay a bit during the credits so that you can see the emotions of the other characters in the film like the emo Pizza girl.

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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Carol » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:50 pm

annarborjack wrote:I think I liked this movie a little less than everyone else. It was a great movie, I liked it a lot, but I liked I said, I just think they needed to flesh out the story and characters more.

EDIT: Also, I don't like how they didn't explain why they had to move. Something about investors was mentioned, but that's it. And also, why not move back? Your freaking daughter tried to run away from home and broke down in tears because you moved away. Why not, oh jeez, I dunno, MOVE BACK? I'm sure they moved away for a reason, but the film does not really explain it. If they gave a good reason I could say, well, they can't move back cause of this, but they didn't.



I think that was the point, the film did not need to tap into this information but the audience is smart enough to infer
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that moving back is not an option and somewhat connected to Mr. Anderson's job. And should it have been a clear option, then they probably would have and the ending makes it clear that Riley's parents are also suffering from the move but take it as a necessary evil
. What was really important was the reaction to the move and the fact that the transition is inevitable.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Frightwolf » Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:31 pm

John Ratzenberger played Fritz, who I believe was just a worker. My friend recognized him near the end of the movie.
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby WheezysBestBud » Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:36 am

***Just so everyone knows, this is a negative review. I know that the following will potentially ostracize a lot of you but at the same time I feel like I owe it to everyone to give my honest opinion***

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First of all, can we please stop discussing Lava in this thread? We have a sub-forum for shorts; if you want to discuss that short, that’s the place to do it.

Well, I guess I should start with the things I liked about it. The animation is superb, particularly the walk cycles; in a film primarily about emotions, I felt like the emotion of each character was defined the best in the way they walked. If I ever see the film again (and that’s a big ‘if’), I will see it to focus primarily on the walk cycles. Also, initially I was skeptical as to how the islands were going to play a part, but it was pulled off better than I expected.

There, now you can’t say I didn’t give the movie a compliment. I’m glad to see that so many of you are drawing comparisons between this and Pete Docter’s other two films because I did the same thing. On point, I really feel like Monsters Inc. is the most consistent of the three. I’ve gone on record saying that I appreciated Up for carrying the film with only five characters, but I felt the story was rather lacking. Inside Out seemed to have the opposite problem. Granted, the story wasn’t great, but the character development was a mess. Joy is one of the most annoying characters I’ve seen on film for a long time and what’s worse, she’s judgmental on top of everything else. Yes, Sadness messed everything up initially but at least her actions never came from a place of judgement. The other three emotions I would have liked better if they were developed better. Fear doesn’t really do anything except mug to the camera, Anger has a few good moments but isn’t really fleshed out very well, and Disgust…I can’t remember one thing she did that contributed anything to the story. I also thought that the scene in the dump with Bing Bong and Joy went on a little too long (similar to Sulley and Boo’s goodbye in MI). Also, all three of Docter’s films heavily employ the jump scare of a character falling to their death

I couldn’t stand Bing Bong in any way, shape or form. I was glad to see him join Joy and Sadness’ journey because it was very clear they weren’t going to find headquarters on their own, but the more he was onscreen the more I hated him. First of all, he hindered Joy and Sadness more than he helped them and also he didn’t really have a motive to help them. And I love me some Richard Kind, but his voice did not fit Bing Bong at all. But most importantly I think killing him off was a mistake. Not because I liked him but because it seemed like they killed him off just to be edgy and risky. I’m sorry, when you’re not making a children’s film, you better have a better reason than that to kill off a character.

I’m starting to get really annoyed that this is the third consecutive Pixar film that doesn’t have a villain. I’m not saying that this particular film needed a villain, but again this is a children’s film and the existence of a villain is a major staple of that convention. In Andrew Stanton’s films where there were no villains it was refreshing because it was a new concept but after three films in a row with no villain? Come on, Pixar: mix it up a little!

But my biggest problem was that everything the emotions do is all for the good of Riley, so that’s where the audience needs to be. Well, I pose this question: what do we really know about Riley? Not a whole lot, so how can we be expected to care about someone we know nearly nothing about?
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby miafka » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:44 am

Well, Inside Out's out now, and here's something neat:
Though Jurassic World was (barely) #1 at the box office again, Inside Out did so well, that not only was it the 2nd highest Pixar opening ever (behind only Toy Story 3), and the best non-sequel Pixar opening ever... it was also the best opening of ANY original movie (animation or live action) -- that is, a movie NOT based on pre-existing material such as a novel, comic book, or being a sequel. Of course that doesn't take into account inflation and ticket prices, but it's still a pretty neat feat: that a Pixar movie would have a bigger opening than any other original film in history:

From the Hollywood Reporter:
"Inside Out also claims ownership to the top opening for any original movie, live-action or otherwise, that isn't based on sourced material, eclipsing the $77 million debut of Avatar. This feat is thanks to plenty of interest from both families (71 percent) and adults (21 percent). Teens made up the rest of ticket buyers (eight percent)."
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Re: Inside Out Main Thread

Postby Adiko » Mon Jun 22, 2015 2:24 pm

I believe, Pizza Planet truck was
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on the new big island, which was created by Sadness afer their with Joy's return.

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