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Movie Reviews: Inside Out

I went to see this movie with Celestia, aka this nerd.  We nearly went to see the new Terminator movie instead, but we changed our minds last minute.  (I’m glad we did, because neither of us have ever seen any of the original Terminator movies.)  I sat myself down with a large bag of Lifesavers and an even larger bag of Skittles and got ready.

I don’t know what I was expecting; I hadn’t seen many trailers other than the teaser one that they started showing really early on. I didn’t know much about the story other than the general setting: five emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust – that existed inside the mind of a girl named Riley.

I have to say, I thought (for a Disney animated movie) this was a very mature and thought-provoking story. It was a very visually attracting movie, with excellent detail in animation and graphics; if you’re looking to see it in theater, definitely go with the 3D showing, because it’s well worth it. The story itself was good, too – Joy and Sadness almost lose Riley’s core memories, the memories that shape her personality, in the vast library of her long-term memory storage, and they go on a (very metaphorical) journey through her mind in order to take the memories back to headquarters. I won’t offer any more spoilers, although I’d like to.

This, as has become Disney’s custom, was, in my opinion, a great family movie, because while kids may be less inclined to get a lot out of the story and climax than, say, a fourteen-year-old, it was nice just to watch. (Especially with a large bag of Skittles and Lifesavers on hand.) If any Disney animator or someone who knows one stumbles across this post, I’d like to say thank you for spending your valuable time making a movie as graphically lovely as Inside Out. Animating isn’t easy (I’ve tried it and couldn’t make more than a very glossy sphere), and this movie looked like it took a whole lot more than a free Blender trial on a ca. 2010 home laptop.

I have to agree partially with a friend of mine that said she felt the story dragged on for too long. It’s true, maybe they could have condensed it a little further, but I didn’t find it difficult to watch at all, especially with a mouth full of candy. Even if portions of it seemed to take too long, it was interesting in and of itself to wonder how Disney would portray another section of Riley’s mind. It was such an abstract thing to put into pictures, and I just love the creativity involved in this.

For outstanding graphics and a really sweet plot, I give Disney’s Inside Out a total of four stars. (I decided to just quit with the decimals. They did nothing but confuse everyone.)

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Thanks for reading – I hope this was helpful to you!

~ Summer

Movie Reviews: Maleficent

Hey, guys! I saw this in a drive-in theater a few days ago but didn’t get the chance to review it until now. The last drive-in movie I saw was Hotel for Dogs (I think), and I don’t even kind of remember it.
This movie was awesome. I was hooked from the beginning with the wings. I really like stories about flying things, and this definitely met my specs. The movie was great from the beginning, and things shaped up pretty quick. I was impressed.
The important parts – Aurora’s christening, for instance – were just like Sleeping Beauty, which was quite a feat, since Maleficent was the protagonist of this movie and the antagonist of the other one. My mom and I laughed out loud at the fact that the actor that played the pink fairy – yeah, the pink one – was the same one that did Professor Umbridge in Harry Potter. You know, because they raised the child in a secure, risk-free way.
The ending was awesome. I refused to watch Sleeping Beauty until nearly first grade because the dragon scared me, so I was waiting for that for the whole movie. The scene was awesome, and I loved the ending. This is one of the very first movies that actually made me scared for the protagonist’s life. Usually, it’s pretty obvious that the main character is going to live and the suspense is for his/her well-being or the life of the supporting characters. It was scary, but it made it a good movie for being able to capture my attention like that.
I don’t like awarding ratings like this, just since it’s very difficult to make a top-notch movie that’s perfect for everyone, but I thought all Monday night and couldn’t think of any reason to lower it. For awesome story, unforgettable characters, an awesome ending, and overall an epic storyline, I give Maleficent five stars. No kidding.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful!

Summer 🙂