Oh Disney Pixar, you have proven once again that you know how to bring all the feels. This time you brought the feels in a very literal sense, by putting the feels on display, and make them the main characters of the movie. As we adventure further into 2015’s summer blockbuster season, we take a look at what Pixar brought to the table to tug at our heartstrings this year, Inside Out. Pixar has taken a different direction this year, instead of choosing a grandiose story, they focus on the simple story of a young girl who moves from her home town in Minnesota to San Fransisco California. The difference being is the movie focuses on the ’emotions’ that what makes the little girl Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who she is inside. It is most certainly an interesting direction and one that I was torn between on whether or not to see it. But after the dust settles, I found myself sitting in a crowded movie theater, with my girlfriend, surrounded by hundreds of screaming kids to see if Pixar was able to pull it out… And I most certainly have to say that they succeeded. Inside Out is easily one of the best movies that Disney Pixar Animation has released in years and THAT is saying something.
Inside Out is the story of Riley and the emotions within her mind, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness (Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith respectfully). Riley is a happy-go-lucky type of girl whose primary emotions are controlled by Joy. She moves from her hometown in Minnesota to San Francisco after her father gets a new job. The move, at first, is easy on Riley while Joy is in control of her emotions and Joy forced Sadness to stay far away from the control panel that controls Riley’s emotions.
However, things go wrong when Riley goes to her first day in school, and begins to cry after she remembers all the things she loved in Minnesota. During this time in Riley’s head, a core memory (one of the cornerstone memories that makes up Riley’s conscious) is created from Sadness. In an attempt to save it from entering Riley’s core memories permanently. As a result, Joy and Sadness are sucked out of headquarters and sent to Riley’s long-term memory. After this, Disgust, Anger, and Fear pretty much ruin Riley’s life… Or in reality, are representatives of the confusion Riley is suffering from moving into a new town so far away from everything that she knows. The story then follows Riley, her struggles, and Joy and Sadness attempting to make it back to headquarters.
Excellent Story and Shows the How Human Emotion Evolves Over Time
This movie has an excellent grasp of how the human emotion develops over time and is able to show it in a very cute little suspenseful family movie. It is paced in a way that shows the turmoil that goes through everyone’s minds when they experience the hardship of moving to a new school. It shows how human emotion becomes more complex and even how it is experienced through events like puberty and into adulthood with Riley’s parents.
It is a fun story that balances the intricacies of childlike wonder and amusement while at the same time be filled with gripping suspense that I have hardly seen pulled off well in adult action movies. Very well done.
The message of the movie is one that is strong and told very well. The fact that the Riley character has a need for all the emotions, including sadness, shows why humans do need to have a well-rounded range of emotion. While Joy is the dominant emotion, if you were to live your entire life without sadness, you would be a very demented, and kind of terrifying person and the same would go for each of the emotions.
I love how the movie, at first, belittles sadness as an emotion that nobody should ever feel. But later establishes that it is an important emotion to have. Without it, you lock yourself inside, and cannot take care of yourself. It is an interesting movie and one that tells people that it is okay to feel sad sometimes when the time is right. An interesting message and one that someone wouldn’t normally consider, but still strong.
How Far Does This ‘Little Emotion Creatures’ Go?
So I have to pose this question, how far do these little ’emotion creatures’ go? I mean, it is established in this world that every human being has one… But the problem is that while the emotions themselves are primary representatives of different human emotions, they all show off their own varying emotions. Joy feels sadness at some point, Disgust and Anger both feel ‘fear’. Fear even feels ‘joy’. Are there even tinier creatures in their heads that control their emotions? Does it stop there? How far does this thing go? Is it an infinite cycle of little creatures controlling various emotions? It is a weird question, but it opens the door to an endless number of possibilities.
Five Emotions is Apparently All that Makes Up Human Emotion
It is a minor nitpick, but it is kind of a cop-out to limit the entire capacity of human emotion to only five emotions anger, disgust, joy, fear, and sadness. Not to mention, out of the range of emotion, only 1 out of the 5 is a positive emotion. I can understand why they do it. You can’t have a cast of hundreds of emotions, have more positive emotions beyond Joy, and have a well paced movie. But still I feel to limit the human capacity for emotion to only five emotions does belittle humans beings. A minor nitpick, I know, but it simply bugs me.
Inside Out is easily one of the best movies of 2015 and one of the best by Disney Pixar Animation. It is paced well, balances gripping suspense, childlike wonder, and just creates a great story for people to love and enjoy. There are some minor nitpicks such as the simplicity of the story at large and the dumbing down of human emotion to five simple emotions. But those are just minor problems to what is an amazing movie. It is the must watch family movie of the Summer of 2015.
Final Score: 4.5/5
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