Animated movies are really not my thing. I didn’t like Inside Out mostly because the characters talked much to much. Most of the voices were too high pitched and fast paced. That combination really got on my last nerve. The dialogue seemed redundant because the subject was repeated over and over again. The concept is five characters: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phylis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) all reside in the mind of Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias) and their function is to keep Riley mostly happy from her childhood up through her teens and beyond. Their task becomes particularly more challenging when Riley’s parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) move the family from Minnesota to San Francisco where Riley must now adjust to a new life. The personified team don’t seem to be too stable themselves. They are always bickering about the best way to go about their task and everyone seems to rely on one person, the matriarch of the their family. The whole scenario of keeping Riley happy didn’t seem likely because these five characters in her mind kept botching their task causing Riley to be unhappy. This would truly be nerve racking to anyone but a child. So my advice to an adult would be “try and stay away from noisy children movies”. I don’t know if there was a shortage of animated films this year, but Inside Out was nominated the best in its category. Either I’m out of touch or I’m just way too old for the likes of Inside Out. With that said, I don’t think there’s any danger seeing it on on DVD and if you’re contemplating renting this movie, you’re probably getting it for your child or grand child. So, I say go for it. The children will most likely love it.
[INSIDE OUT is nominated for Best Animated Feature and Original Screenplay]
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Tagged amy poehler, anger, bill hader, diane lane, disgust, fear, inside out, joy, kaitlyn dias, kyle maclachlan, lewis black, mindy kaling, minnesota, phylis smith, riley anderson, sadness, san francisco
Joy is based on someones real life but this is not their true story. Joy is a semi-biographical story of a divorced mother with two children in the early 1990s who became a multi-millionaire by inventing the Miracle Mop among other inventions. Joy’s full name is Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence) and in this film she is living the “mother” of set ups; Joy and her mother, Terry (Virginia Madsen) live on the main floor, Joy’s ex-husband, Tony Miranne (Édgar Ramírez) live in the basement, the children and her grandmother, Mimi (Diane Ladd) live up stairs. To top things off, her father’s 3rd wife Cindy (Drena De Niro) has just returned him to Joy, for good, so now he’s living with Joy’s ex-husband in the basement. I should add that Joy’s husband and father, Rudy Mangano (Robert De Niro) hate each other. Joy also has a half sister Peggy, (Elisabeth Röhm) who is very close to her father but are miles apart from her sister Joy. Peggy uses every chance she gets to exploit Joy, needless to say, they do not get along. Despite Joy’s crazy life, she manages to stay focused on her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. While sailing on her father’s newest girlfriend Trudy’s (Isabella Rossellini) yacht, Joy gets an idea when she cuts her hand cleaning up a spill from a broken glass of wine. This incident leads to Trudy becoming Joy’s financier, which eventually leads to Joy meeting Neil Walker, (Bradley Cooper) an executive at QVC. Dascha Polanco plays Jackie, Joy’s best friend who was instrumental in motivating Joy throughout the entire process. There are many, many players in this movie and even thought it seems as though I’ve given the whole story away, I’m far from it. We all know of the Miracle Mop because most of us purchased one, at least I did. Many more characters show up and many more twist and turns happen.
I think you’ll enjoy Joy. It’s entertaining, well acted and funny. I was delighted to see Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence back together again. They did a terrific job acting out this film. This is a sign of true acting when the same actors and actresses can get together and play entirely different roles and still be convincing.
[Joy is nominated for Best Actress]
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Tagged brady cooper, dascha polanco, diane ladd, drena de niro, edgar ramirez, elisabeth rohm, jackie, jennifer lawrence, joy, mimi, neil walker, peggy, robert de niro, rudy mangano, terry, tony miranne, virginia madsen