'Inception' made from the POV of a child: The 10 commandments of watching Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Along with Inside Out comes the ten commandments of watching the film.

Mihir Fadnavis June 26, 2015 13:40:58 IST
'Inception' made from the POV of a child: The 10 commandments of watching Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Pixar’s first movie in two years Inside Out isn’t just a movie, it’s so good it’s scripture. Along with it come the ten commandments of watching the film.

Thou Shall Take Your Kids With You

Pixar’s greatest strength has always been finding that balance between making films that both kids and adults love equally. Inside Out has the quality that Wall.E did – having fun goofy stuff that kids can laugh at, and also having a layer of beautiful arthouse stuff that adults will dig.

Thou Shall be Blown Away by the Animation

If Brave was the gold standard of animation, then Inside Out wipes the floor with that. This is truly another level of computer graphics – from the way the central characters buzz on the outline to the fabric of their hair, it’s imaginative and almost photorealistic stuff, despite being cartoony.

Thou Shall Admire the Intricacy of the Film

Inside Out is probably the most complex children’s film ever made. Think Inception made from the POV of a child, but having the same complex ideas and layers. The amount of imagination is insane – from emotions traveling on an actual train of thoughts, to islands made of the most significant behavioral patterns, to little memory globes that trigger actions – it’s jaw-dropping stuff.

Thou Shall Carry Tissues

There are high chances you forgot to bring tissues during Up, and paid dearly for it. Do not make the same mistake this time – there are at least two scenes in Inside Out that are bound to make you weep like a baby.

Thou Shall Genuflect to Lord Pete Docter

Inception made from the POV of a child The 10 commandments of watching Pixars Inside Out

A Still from Inside Out. Image from Facebook.

The director proved that he could wrench your heart and make you laugh uncontrollably at the same time with Up, and on a storytelling level Inside Out is a couple of notches higher than his previous film. The fact that he managed to bring out the same combo of emotions from a totally different setting in a different movie only proves he understands precisely how the human mind works.

Thou Shall Reunite with Imaginary Friend

The concept of an imaginary friend has seldom been explored in kids’ films, and Pixar subverts the idea in a big way. The imaginary friend in this movie is fading away because the child whose mind he exists within is growing up. It’s quite lovely, and heartbreaking, so if you’ve ever had an imaginary friend as a kid, this film will make you recall your childhood memories with him or her.

Thou Shall Learn a Thing or Two about Life

The most stunning achievement of the film is that it renders a life lesson to both kids and adults, about being a child, how it is ok to express sadness, and what a parent must do to keep their child happy or to make an effort to understand their child. Few films manage to render such heavy elements with humor and genuine emotion, and Inside Out knocks it out of the park in that regard.

Thou Shall Reaffirm Faith in Pixar

Since Toy Story 3 Pixar has been doling out a string of disappointments like Cars 2, Monsters University and Brave. It looks like the year long break was worth it because Pixar has yet again delivered a masterpiece that will be referenced in the future as a benchmark for filmmaking.

Thou Shall see it in 2D

The 3D is not altogether bad, but the animation is so gorgeous and the colors are so eye popping you’ll want to see it on a nice 2D screen that doesn’t dim the colors. Fortunately the film released in a film 2D screens, so make the most of it.

Thou Shall Recommend it to Everyone

This is an event movie, everyone deserves to watch it, and everyone is expected to tell everyone else to see it. It’s that good.

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