What’s going on inside that head of yours…
My expectations: 3 and a half reels
My actual rating: 5 reels out of 5
We are all guided by our emotions. Happiness, when you making a game winning shot. Sadness, when you miss an opportunity. Fear, of trying something new. Disgust, of doing something you dislike. Anger, when someone or a situation aggravates you. You can find all of these kinds of emotions in every single person. Inside Out is a movie that takes a look at what makes a human tick in an amusing and highly creative way. It examines the complexity of emotion and how there is a place for all of them. It’s a movie about emotions that plays with your emotions.
We follow the emotions of Riley, an 11-year-old girl from Minnesota. After she and her family move to San Francisco, her emotions try to keep things in balance as she tries to adjust to her new life. It’s one of the best times to examine one’s emotions because when we’re younger, our emotions seem to be all over the place sometimes. Especially when you’ve been moved to unfamiliar territory. Although, change can be tough at any age.
From the headquarters of Riley’s head, it’s fun to see how things operate. Seeing where memories come from, how they’re used, and where they go. Why some memories fade away and why some keep coming back when you don’t expect them to. And we see how memories can shape our personalities. At the head of this are our five emotions: joy, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear. We’re not always stuck in Riley’s head, sometimes we see what’s going on in others such as her parents. The emotions of adults seem to be a little bit more in control compared to the ones in our young protagonist’s head. Perfect depiction since “most” adults appear to have their emotions in check compared to kids and teenagers.
While it would be nice to be happy all the time, there is a need for balance in one’s life. Too much of one thing can be bad for one’s health, even if it’s happiness. The emotions of Riley have trouble with this concept. The other 4 emotions tend to look to Joy for some leadership but ultimately they can’t help themselves and let their natural instincts take over. In Riley’s head, her emotions are out of control. When we jump into her parents’ heads, we see their emotions have learned to worked together. Emotions are a reflection of our lives. As we grow older, they grow older too. They learn to control themselves and in reflection, we are in more control of ourselves. One character proclaims, “emotions can’t quit.” Whether we like them or not, emotions have a place in everyone and they’re not going anywhere.
Inside Out is headed by an all-star cast including Amy Poehler, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and many more. While not exactly original, there was a TV show in the 90s called Herman’s Head with the same concept, it takes a very creative approach on how we think. It opens up the imagination to the possibility that your emotions are working hard up in your head. It’s a movie with lots of humor and heart. And like most other Pixar films, it’s not afraid to tug at your heart-strings. With a movie about emotions, you need to expect that it will reach you emotionally.
Expectations: I went into this one almost blind. Didn’t see much many commercials or trailers for them. Knowing only the basic premise of the movie. So went in with regular expectations that were easily exceeded. Pixar has done it again!
Appeal: General audiences. I was attracted to this movie because of the concept of human personalities and emotions. Definitely a movie that any can enjoy.
Re-watch Value: A movie that can easily be enjoyed over and over.
Memorable: Something that will be stored in long-term memory for a long time.