Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, I’m sure we have all felt all of these emotions throughout our lives.
Inside Out is an original story, which is something that we seldom see in our films of late, from Pixar, the makers of Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
Amy Poehler heads up the cast playing Joy. She leads the rest of the emotions in making sure that 11-year-old Riley always feels happiness. This is disrupted when Riley has to move from her home in Minnesota to San Francisco, where the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront, which causes a dispute between the two. When Joy and Sadness are accidentally swept into the depths of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust!
Even though the story focuses on the mind of Riley, you do get glimpses into the minds of some other characters, the scenes in which her parents react to her ever-changing emotions, are very funny.
As you see Riley’s relationships with her parents develop and change, you also see the way in which her emotions change towards each other, and how they work with each other.
Pixar are great story tellers, and they are not afraid to try new and different things when it comes to telling them. Inside Out is a brilliant example of this, as it is a concept that hasn’t been seen in any film, let alone a kid’s film. Something that I have always loved about Pixar films is that even though they are seen as children’s films, they are extremely smart and have a lot of adult humour. This film was especially smart as it explained something that is quite complicated, your emotions, in a way that makes sense to children, as well as adults, and as we get older our emotions get more complicated. You see how our emotions help to shape our personality, relationships and memories.
Inside Out follows a similar concept to Toy Story 3 and Brave, by looking at the effects of growing up and how things change around you, and how you change in order to understand them.
Being a huge Disney/Pixar fan I knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed with this film, and I was right. It had a great amount of humour, heart and a brilliant story. I don’t think the film was perfect, however, I can’t really think of anything negative to say about it.
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