Those you who haven’t seen this movie yet may not want to continue reading!
This past Friday, Disney Pixar’s newest movie, Inside Out, was released and I knew I had to see it on opening day! As a huge fan of all things Disney, it has been on my mind since I saw the first trailer.
The movie follows a young girl named Riley as she and her family move from the Midwest to San Francisco. (This hits home since I’m am from the Bay Area!) The movie specifically hones in on Riley, since her emotions are the main focus of this movie. Her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Everytime I see a new Disney/ Disney Pixar animated movie, I can’t help but to think, “Wow they’ve completely outdone themselves yet again!” This movie was no different. This movie was the perfect combination of funny, sad, dramatic, and reminiscence. As part of the very few groups of college aged viewers, I couldn’t help but to reminisce about my childhood while watching this movie. I could relate so many of my own memories to scenes presented in the movie and I loved every bit of it!
I also loved how the theme of this movie revolves around puberty. A topic that I personally haven’t seen presented in many family-friendly, animated movies. Riley is around the age of 11 or 12 in this movie and throughout the film her emotions are completely out of whack, similar to how girls act when they pass through that stage in their lives. I know I was a complete emotional ball! It’s great to see this topic presented in a way that doesn’t make it sound like you’re sitting through a middle school health class. It’s fun, witty, and gets the job done.
The whole movie is absolutely amazing but I think my all time favorite part is towards the end when she pick up a water bottle for a boy in the stands at her hockey game and he just looks like a deer in the headlights. It then jumps to a look inside his emotion headquarters and his emotions are running around, throwing things in the air, and screaming “GIRL!” over and over again while little red, girl shaped alarm lights keep flashing. It was a great representation of what boys are thinking when they interact with girls at that same age.
I loved it so much that I might just have to see it again!
My Overall Score: 9.5/10
Until next time,