When the Inside Out trailer was released, I subconsciously put it on my watch-list for movies and forgot about it until it was a rainy Sunday – a great day to spend too much money at the movies.
I did have to drag a rather unimpressed boyfriend to Inside Out, but either way I was rather looking forward to what looked to be another touchy-feely Pixar film.
We were firstly introduced to preteen Riley, an extremely happy child with the white-picket-fence-life in Minnesota. A talented ice-hockey player, goofy, friendly and loving daughter of her Mum and Dad.
But here’s where Pixar breaks it’s own barriers of films on bugs, fish, rats, toys, monsters, robots, and cars and goes in a rather interesting direction. The film’s storyline is fundamentally based on the inner parts of Riley’s mind.
Joy, Disgust, Fear, Anger and Sadness are illustrated into colourful characters and are placed smack bam in the middle of controlling Riley’s emotions, in what is called “The HeadQuarters”.
Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) is obviously the team leader and does anything to keep Riley happy, making sure that by the time Riley goes to sleep, she has joyful memories that are collected into glassy spherical balls and sent to shelves located in long term memory.
Riley’s family then decides to drop their seemingly perfect life and head to a small, scungy townhouse in central San Francisco, where Riley’s childhood innocence and identity become challenged.
Pre-pubescent Riley faces a new school and the embarrassing pain of the “new girl” introductions. The five emotions have a hard time keeping up as the Riley’s emotions slips into fast paced mode. Sometimes this causes the storyline to go around in circles – making it slightly predictable.
In the end Joy realises that maybe Riley can’t always be happy and that Sadness has a major part in keeping Riley’s emotions balanced.
Ultimately Inside Out is a film I would pay to see again. I’m going to be honest, I did cry, but for the most part I was laughing. What can I say, it’s a film about emotions.
It certainly leaves a great message not just for the targeted children audience, but also the parents and girlfriends who drag their boyfriends along to most animated movies. You don’t always have to be happy because sometimes it’s ok to learn how to be sad too. It’s a thing called life.