Inside Out (2015)
Director: Pete Docter
Pixar is back, baby! An original concept that is beautifully animated, with great voice casting, and a fantastic story that appeals to both adults and children alike. I loved it.
The central question of Inside Out is what role does sadness play in our lives. Is it always a bad thing, a feeling to avoid? Or is it necessary and even good to feel sad? As you would expect with Pixar, the answer is suitably grown-up, but presented in a wonderfully accessible way.
As I watched this, I realised that this film basically sums up Pixar's own approach to storytelling: that in order to appreciate joy and fun, one must also engage with sadness (particularly loss). Think about it: the Toy Story trilogy, Up, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo all deal with issues around separation and loss. They manage to make adults openly cry, yet also provoke great big belly-laughs. Inside Out belongs on the best of Pixar list: it is certainly up there with Monsters Inc., and proves that Pete Docter should do more films.
The film also gives a great reason for why I can't remember how to play the piano, but know the jingles to ads from my childhood. A must-watch for everyone.