- Royal Oak Intermediate
- Review Date
- 10 October, 2016
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, Inside Out has been stunning viewers worldwide since 2015. With it's simple but meaningful storyline, the film has become subject to class research projects, multiple film reviews, and discussions. The deeper stories that run alongside the main film that the likes of a 6 year old might see provide the ideal learning set-up for students that are ready to look into the complex side of a Pixar film.
Inside Out portrays a short snippet of 12 year old Riley's (Kailtyn Dias) childhood, taking the watchers through an emotional journey that begins with her move to San Francisco. Little does Riley know that 5 more characters are controlling her feelings from inside her very brain: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phillis Smith) , Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). A mistake inside the control room sends Sadness and Joy off into the depths or Riley's mind, testing their control based relationship and causing the life that Joy had so carefully put together for Riley to slowly pull itself apart. The effect spreads towards Riley's attitude towards her parents, pushing certain imaginative friendships out of the way: Bing Bong, the 'candy floss elephant', is lost to the deep pit where all of Riley's forgotten memories lie, creating Joy's understanding for Sadness at the loss of her temporary friend and guide. The film represents a handful of these issues, discoveries, and resolutions, bringing me to re state the fact that Inside Out is the ideal movie for a class research project.
Not only does Inside Out show the importance of showing your emotions, but also the significance of remembering certain memories. In a certain part of a film, Joy gives in to Sadness after realising that Riley needed to feel sadness to feel happy, letting her take control. I think Inside Out was made to show people how important it is to feel emotions, and to let others around you see how you're feeling, to be able to understand and help you. To younger viewers, Inside Out may seem like a fun, colourful adventure, and yes, it is entertaining. There are the laugh scenes, and the cry scenes, and the 'I just don't know how I'm feeling' scenes, and it really takes you into an emotional journey of your own.
Inside Out is certainly a film for younger viewers, but it will never stop being a great watch for adults as well. An animation adventure, this movie provides vibrant colour that is enough to keep one following the story all the way. It might not have made my top ten favourite movie list, but Inside Out sure was good enough for me to watch twice.
Overall, after absent- mindedly watching it the first time, and taking notes on it the second time, I now understand what the main purpose of the movie really was: to give a moral, to show meaning, and kind of to give those people going through an emotional time an excuse, just like Riley's, as to how they are feeling.
What a wonderful movie.