I've seen Pixar's Inside Out three times in the past 24 hours.
I haven't done that since I sat all day watching Funny Lady in Fresno, one afternoon when I was 17.
Nothing weird about that.
Anyway, Inside Out is just wonderful. Not even Uncle Walt has a track record like the one Pixar has earned. With the exception of Cars 2, there hasn't been a dog in the bunch. I wouldn't say this was my favorite of their movies, but definitely in the top five.
Now, it's a heady concept and I doubt that all children will get it. It's sophisticated in its themes (the workings of the brain and emotions) and requires a degree of thoughtfulness. I heard parents having interesting conversations, sparked by what the kids had just seen as they left the theater. Each time I've seen it, there comes a part about two-thirds through where the kids get a little antsy and confused for a couple of minutes before being jolted back in. This is, in part, because the movie refuses to talk down to its audience and the narrative is very rich and ambitious. I think it may be one of those films that you love deeper as you grow older and see what you missed the first time. Young children will understand its on-a-journey-to-get-home story line, but I still think this is definitely and unapologetically aimed at older kids--t
I don't advise seeing it in 3D. I found the picture sharper and the colors brighter in the traditional format. Pixar is using a very unique color palette for this show and it turns out to be much more rich and appealing than it appeared in the previews--just sumptuous--much like Finding Nemo was for me.
I also defy anyone with a heart not to sob when you see how imaginary friends fulfill their mission.
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