RATED: PG (mild thematic elements and some action)
DIDN’T SEE IT IN 3D, I IMAGINE THAT IT’S GOOD THOUGH
NOT IN RPX
Inside Out is one of the greatest movies Pixar has released to date. The film hits all of the right notes, it’s touching, smart, funny, original, sad when it wants to be, beautifully animated, and it has a star studded voice cast. The movie follows the emotions of an eleven year old girl named Riley. All of the emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger are very unique characters who are all very funny. In the film, Joy and Sadness get sucked through a tube are and sent into long term memory, accidentally taking all of the memories that make Riley who she is with them, with only Fear, Anger and Disgust left to control Riley, things get out of hand while Joy and Sadness have to get back to the control room. Everybody in the voice cast was clearly very carefully chosen, with Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) voicing Joy, Phyllis Smith (The Office U.S.) as Sadness, Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) as Fear, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) as Disgust and Lewis Black (The Daily Show with John Stewart) as Anger. Everyone does an excellent job as their characters. Inside Out is also much more funny than most recent animated movies, with humor that is aimed at older audiences rather than succumbing to non stop slapstick. Since I had not seen a Disney movie since Frozen (yes, I know that Inside Out is Pixar, not Disney Animation), I was skeptical because I really disliked Frozen, but Inside Out blew my expectations out of the water. Inside Out also features the most beautiful visuals that I have ever seen in any computer generated animated film. The only issue is the opening short. Every Pixar movie has an opening short and while Inside Out’s is pretty, it doesn’t have anything else going for it. Overall, Inside Out is a movie that everyone should see, it’s the best animated movie since The Wind Rises and the best Pixar entry since Up.
RATED: PG-13 (sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements)
NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a quirky, smart, and hilarious coming of age film that is sure to be one of this year’s indie hits. The film takes many films about growing up and follows the template, but with the help of out of the box directing, great performances, and relatable characters, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a film about finding yourself that can be compared to greats such as Almost Famous, The Way Way Back, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and even Boyhood. The film follows a highschool senior named Greg, Greg has managed to get through highschool without making any real friendships or quarrels, he has been able to work his way into every click imaginable. Greg has one friend, who he considers to be his co-worker, named Earl. Earl and Greg are coworkers because they make bad movies together. One day, Greg’s mom finds out that a girl in his class named Rachel, who Gregg has gone to school with all of his life, has been diagnosed with leukemia and Greg is then forced to hang out with her. The film’s acting is easily one of it’s best qualities. Thomas Mann, who plays Greg gives an outstanding performance, he has both great dramatic and comedic timing with his lines as does everyone else in this film. RJ Cyler also gives an outstanding breakout performance as Earl. Another great quality is the amazing chemistry that the cast has, the three title characters all felt like best friends to the audience without a single roll of the eyes. Nick Offerman is also worth mentioning for his hilarious performance as Greg’s dad. The film is also much more funny than most dramedies, where most focus more on drama, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl perfectly mixes the two elements to create a film that is both funny and heartbreaking, occasionally at the same time. Overall, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a must-see film, with great pacing, direction, writing, and acting, it’s a near perfect film.