The life of Riley
by way of Joy and Sadness.
It’s all in her head.
Without question one of the best Pixar movies, if not the best one. The one emotion that I think we could’ve done without is Disgust, but really, that’s the tiniest of complaints. It’s visually arresting, the story moves, and it’s one of these rare movies that may actually help people, too. Only three animated movies have been nominated for Best Picture (Beauty and the Beast, Up, and Toy Story 3) but none have won. Who knows what Oscar bait will come out in November and December, but at the very least, Inside Out deserves to be nominated.
Looks good, sounds right — but
how little we care about
Comparisons to The Big Lebowski are obvious (and The Dude is the far superior movie in all the major ways — humor, plot, acting). After watching the film, I wondered why it didn’t jibe. It felt like the movie thought it was funnier than it actually was (which was very little). The only thing of note is the actress Katherine Waterston, who seemed like she was channeling circa 1995 Laura Linney. Her facial expressions, her movement — she reminded me so much of a young Linney.
She climbs in beauty
up a bruiser, then turns, falls —
a takedown done right.
I don’t think this was as good as the last one, Ghost Protocol, which had more cool gizmos and a higher hit rate for humor (mostly because Jeremy Renner brought the laughs in GP while here, he’s stuck in a suit in DC for too many stretches). But wow, what a performance by Rebecca Ferguson. Give her hair an old-fashioned wave, light her softly, and take some B&W shots, and she’d be a modern-day Lauren Bacall (somebody else agrees, too!). And a big hand to her stunt double, Lucy Cork, who made all those fights look so good. Ferguson’s character was actually more action-oriented than Cruise’s character. How cool is that?