Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
'sright. I saw this movie instead of Jurassic World
. I'm such a rebel.
Anyway! This was a very good movie. Still doesn't have to OOMF that Pixar's movies leading up to and including Toy Story 3
have, but I'd count it in with them anyway.
It's about a little girl (Riley) who's moved from her old home and is going through a lot of stressful changes.
The best thing about the movie is how creative it is. It's super imaginative with its representation of the emotional side of the brain. I especially liked the little cell dudes going through Riley's brain throwing out memories that're fading. Nyehehe.
The idea of having core personality traits that fall apart during these times of stress was also a great one. We all know how people aren't themselves when they're super-stressed.
It also makes me wonder how brains with Alzheimers or Parkinsons, dementia et cetera would look in this world. It'd be sad but interesting at any rate.
All of the characters are really good and likeable as well - Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear are all super cute and entertaining.
The story also has a great little message that you need sadness in order to feel joy. True that's something we've all heard before but in a kid's film it's great and new -- especially the way it's visualized.
I also like how this one is pointed partially at the adults watching the movie who're probably going through the some of the same difficulties with their kidz.
So, what prevents this movie from having that old Pixar OOMF? Well, like I just said the moral of the story is that sometimes you have to feel the sadness in order to get to the good. Essentially this movie is a movie about Joy and Sadness and how Joy doesn't let Sadness do much because it sucks to be sad.
Where the problem comes in is that Sadness isn't much of a character. More or less she's just along for the ride as a side character which doesn't work very well with the theme and the climax.
Basically we just needed more growth between Joy and Sadness in order for the ending to have that wow factor. I'm not saying they didn't have any
- they did, but we needed more. And of course Sadness needed to be a main character.
As a bonus for you Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans: the goofy wizard from "Quest of the Delta Knights" who "gets lost on his way to the moat" does a voice in the film XD
So yes! I recommend this film. Bring your friends or kids if you got 'em!