2015 Reel Gospel Film of the Year: Inside Out

by Sam Robinson

Once again, it’s been another stellar year in film. Box office records have been smashed – four of the ten highest-grossing films of all time were released this year (Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Minions), and this doesn’t even include Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet. George Miller gave us white knuckles with Mad Max: Fury Road, the Rocky series was beautifully reignited with Creed, and we were taken to space in The Martian.

Our team has voted together and the film that we collectively loved the most is Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Interestingly, for the first time, both readers and our writing team have chosen the same film as the best of the year.

Pixar has always taken us to new territories and worlds, but perhaps never to the extent of entering the mind of an eleven-year-old girl. Featuring a stellar voice cast performing as personified emotions: Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness and Anger – Inside Out is engaging, funny, sad, and super enjoyable. As I noted when I reviewed it earlier in the year, the movie cleverly makes you feel the emotions that you see on screen. Amy Poehler is perfect as Joy.

I personally loved that Inside Out started a conversation about mental health, particularly amongst families, and showed that it’s OK to be sad. That this deeper conversation could be had after watching an enjoyable (and funny!) family film is a testament to Pete Docter’s fine directorial skill. Of course, it’s God who has designed us and our emotions, but Inside Out reminds us that it’s good and right to feel everything from joy to sadness, and that we have a responsibility to ask each other how we’re travelling emotionally.

Congratulations to Pete Docter and all involved for Inside Out, which is the 2015 Reel Gospel Film of the Year.

Our Writing Team’s Top Five Films of 2015*:

  1. Inside Out
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. The Martian
  4. Sicario
  5. Creed

Editor Sam Robinson’s Top Five Films of 2015*:

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. Creed
  3. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  4. Inside Out
  5. Sicario

Come back tomorrow as we announce the 2015 Reel Gospel Album of the Year!

Inside Out is available now on home media. Click here to read our review.

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*Films eligible for votes were those released in Australia between December 1st 2014 to November 30th 2015.

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