My Rating: 8/10 MUST SEE IT
Pixar’s latest film is a heartfelt and clever imagining of the complexities of a little girl’s brain. Though it is watered down at times to make it easier to swallow (which one would expect, considering this is a kid’s movie), Inside Out proves to be Pixar’s most thoughtful film in years.
It’s nice to see a family movie break from its generic clichés and really tackle some relevant themes; the very common struggle with hiding your emotions. The fear of embracing your own sadness. The pressure that can be placed on a child in a family with heightened tension. These are real struggles which real kids endure on a daily basis.
The film revolves around the inner workings of a little girl named Riley’s brain. At the start of the movie we are introduced to five characters; Riley’s emotions. Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
Joy is convinced that in order for Riley to be happy, she must feel a lack of all other emotions. Joy helms the ‘control board’ and does everything in her power to keep Sadness from touching anything.
After Riley’s parents move her to a small dirty apartment in San Francisco, away from her friends, she feels an overwhelming amount of sadness, which she feels the need to keep ‘bottled up.’ This is portrayed in a really clever way amongst the emotions in Riley’s head.
The overarching message of this film is to embrace your emotions. Interestingly it reminds me of another film I saw not too long ago called Hector and the Search For Happiness, starring Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Throughout the film Hector travels the world in search for true happiness. Hector realizes by the end of the film that the only way to achieve real happiness is to embrace all other emotions.
This movie’s depiction of sadness as being the hero of the film was very important to me. As someone who struggles with depression, I always feel the need to keep my emotions hidden. The result is a void of apathy. The only time I can bring any resolution to my problems is when I learn to confront these emotions and let them have their day.
As a society we are so concerned with appearing emotional. It is shameful to cry in public or yell at someone who is pissing you off. We are called to be apathetic robots. I hope this movie can serve as an awakening.
Allow yourself to be sad, angry, jealous, afraid, etc. You will never know true happiness unless you experience sadness or anger or fear or disgust.
The cute resolution to the film is a control panel installed in the headquarters of Riley’s brain so that all of the emotions can work together. The result: a happy, content 12-year-old girl.
I highly recommend this movie. It is cute, fun and relevant. It is the first Pixar movie to really deliver and emotional punch to my gut. I found myself choked up and holding back tears throughout the film, ironically… But I am a man, and I will NOT cry in a Disney movie.
It is a fun film which the whole family can enjoy. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. But what else would you expect from Pixar.
What do you think? Did it make you cry, or was it too cheesy? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!