Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle Maclachlan, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Moynihan, Paula Pell, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz
Every being is run by a group of emotions. Riley (Dias) is controlled by Sadness (Smith), Fear (Hader), Anger (Black) and Disgust (Kaling) and overseen by Joy (Poehler). After things go airy when Riley’s folks force her to move to San Francisco, Joy and Sadness get lost in Riley’s maze of lost emotions and must journey back to the control centre to return the missing core emotions to find balance in Riley’s mind.
Grand fun takes the visual simplicity of the Disney catalogue and the charm of Pixar’ characters to combine a unique film that runs with a great idea – and with any luck won’t overkill it with any sequels. It’s inventive enough, never loses focus and wins purely on its creativeness, not to mention the beautiful scoring from Michael Giacchino (Up!, Lost)
Poehler makes the perfect Joy and she’s completely matched with the wonderful Smith, whose best known for her supporting role in Bad Teacher. Lane and Maclachlan are nicely cast as Riley’s parents. Muppets voices Goelz and Oz appear as the Subconscious Guards. A winning delight to be sure, certainly for adults. I think there’s more than enough colour to delight kids too.