Jacob is a true professional. It’s probably easier than I think to put the lettering on the “WANTED” poster, and have it underneath the hand of the “judge,” but it looks fancy and complicated to ME. The bearers of the palanquin (which a word that me and my D&D buds were struggling to come up with the other day…we settled on “litter,” I think) all look like badasses, huh?
(You’ll notice that I’m not naming these blog posts “Click Here to…” anymore. That just felt boring.)
I’m a little late in telling you guys, but #Squirrel and I went to see Inside Out last week. There are two things you should know:
1. It’s NOT the best film Pixar has ever made despite the hyperbole floating around out there.
2. It’s a damn good Pixar film, and that means it’s among the best films of the year, guaranteed. Pixar’s worst movies are pretty damn good movies.
The thing that I liked most about this film was the theme/message, and it’s one that every parent in America probably needs to take in: It’s okay for your kids to be sad…in fact, it’s normal and necessary. It seems like most parents these days will do ANYTHING to make sure their kids are happy. Our natural impulse to anyone experiencing sadness is always to try and cheer them up; certainly I’m guilty of it. Parents are more guilty than most, and that’s to be expected. That’s the whole point of this movie, and I can tell you that without spoiling anything.
It’s a great piece of filmmaking…but best EVER? Not from the company that made Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story 3, which I think are Pixar’s three best films. Inside Out is on what I consider the second tier of Pixar films, along with Wall*E and Up…and that’s amazing company to find itself in. (Monsters Inc. and Ratatouille are next, followed by the other two Toy Story films. I’ve never seen any of the others, although I really want to see Brave.)
Here’s the crazy thing…some media outlets reported its $91 million first weekend as a disappointment because it came in #2 to Jurassic World. INSANE. While it’s true that this is the first Pixar film that didn’t open #1, Inside Out still had the best opening weekend any Pixar film has ever had, and it’s the top grossing opening weekend for an original property IN HISTORY. Every film to have a bigger opening weekend was a part of a franchise. That’s HUGE.
To call it a disappointment because the commercials say “#1 ‘family’ movie” instead of “#1 movie” is ridiculous. Media reporters drink too much of their own Kool-Aid.