Inside Out Review: 8 Reasons It's Pixar's Best Film Since Up
8. Its Their Most Emotional Film Yet
It's almost inconceivable a film could pack more of an emotional punch that Up. With a flooring opening ten minutes that get brutally and uproariously paid off in the third act, it tinged a bright, exciting adventure with a sombre undercurrent of death and moving on. And yet, inexplicably, Inside Out is more of a tear-jerker, boasting more moments of greater intenstiy that will have grown men complaining about something in their eye than the rest of Pixar's entire back catalogue combined (and that's not even an exaggeration). Its key is relatability. The pre-teen age of Riley has led many to assume the film's chief antagonist is puberty, but that's not the case - it's mentioned, but is clearly still in the characters' future. Instead, Inside Out is about something even more touching - emotional maturity. The whole film aches with the difficultly of growing up and coming to terms with the passage of time, but, filtered through the eyes of a young girl and her emotions, it's incredibly up-front and raw (although never over the top). In fact, the film's so well balanced that it manages to take characters who are by design ridiculous and puts them at the centre of poignant, heart-breaking moments of discovery. Remember your tissues.