This film is directed by Pete Docter who directed Up and Monster’s Inc. It was co-directed by Ronaldo Del Carmen who hasn’t really had time to prove himself. These two are a fantastic combo. I loved the way that things were shown in this animated film. Pixar raised the bar in animation once again. This movie is so beautiful. Everything about the whole experience down to the shadows are fantastic. It is truly a sign of dominance that Pixar has raised the bar once again by beating themselves rather than the competition.
This movie is about Riley who is voiced by Kaitlyn Dias. She is having a great life in Minnesota but then her dad, voiced by Kyle MacLachlan, and her mom, voiced by Diane Lane, tells her to stay positive throughout the whole process which makes this whole process harder. But the main stars are the voices in Riley’s head. They are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). I’m going to leave the story at that because it’s a coming to age story that is told from a completely different angle that was truly unexpected.
I can honestly say that a lot of movies that have been released this year have made me cry. This is one of them. But it’s not because of some action that was sad or a tragedy. It mainly made me cry because it reminded me of how, when you’re growing up, things happen. Tragic things can happen but it’s about trying to keep your personality together throughout and making the best of it. I don’t know what I was expecting when I sat down in the theater. I knew it would be good. But I don’t know what I meant in my head, “good”. By any modern day ratings, that’s an inflated 98% on rotten tomatoes or a high score on Metacritic. I meant it would be a ride of emotions that I can’t explain in a way that’s not overly perplexing for people that don’t know me, personally. I think that’s what makes a film great. The inability to explain it to others until you see it so many times that you know every line. That’s what this movie is to me. Great.