Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney/Pixar's original new film "Inside Out" ventures inside the mind to find out.
Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley's mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned - both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn't exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.
When Riley's family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind - taking some of her core memories with them - Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places - Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions - in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.
Have you ever wandered why random songs pop into your head or a vivid memory appears to you for no real reason at all? well this movie explains it all to you. Inside you live little people and 'emotions' who control how you feel and at times act. Apparently, we are all effected by Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Disgust. However I am still stuck on Disgust as a major emotion as it really is a waste of time if you ask me they could of done something so much better like optimism or surprise or even envy. The only disgust I usually feel is towards people who hurt babies, animals or families or if someone I do not like goes to Disneyland the rest of the time I am sure my 'disgust' has her feet up sleeping.
I was also surprised according to this movie, as a child you have joy leading the charge which is to be expected as really what kid is not happy? But according to this movie as you get older Men have Anger has their top emotion and Woman have Sadness - this I do not get as I am hardly ever sad just mainly angry (girls can agree to that).
This movie has so much potential and while I enjoyed aspects of it I am not sure it really got there. I found it rather dark and daunting for a majority of the movie and while it was brilliant at showing how depression can occur it was not as uplifting as I was hoping for. Both my girls enjoyed it but Miss four did get a tad confused and kept asking 'what is happening' and 'why is she sad' and 'why did she do that'. I think it is definitely aimed at the older children. The clown is a tad freaky and if you have children who are easily afraid be prepared for some big cuddles.
We have watched a couple of times and there are a few areas where the girls just loose attention with it. My favourite part has to be the end where you get to look inside everyones head and it is refreshing to know what a cat thinks about all the time, it does makes sense really. It looks like there could be a second movie coming out which I think we would all be excited about, especially since Miss four will be older.
This is one of those films that can suffer due to overhyping. My flatmate has been going on and on for the last couple of months about how awesome the film was, and how it was the best thing ever. So it was hard to watch this movie without some unnaturally high expectations. Despite that, I did enjoy the premise of the movie. The idea that emotions had some form of physical entity and shared control of each person was an interesting way to portray the working of the human mind.
And this film was full of amazing ways of describing the human mind; with memories, both core and otherwise, train of thoughts, personality islands, dream theatres, and memory dumps. I enjoyed visually being able to see events, turning into memories, being categorised and shipped about the brain. The emotions themselves were quite well done. Joy, Anger, Sadness, and Fear were very good characters, though I thought very little of Disgust. And watching them all fight for control provided great visual metaphors.
But as far as the actual plot of the movie went, it was a little below my expectations. While I enjoyed seeing visual artistic representations of the human mind, I was hoping to see more of the actual consequences on the person, Riley. Both Riley and her parents were featured far less in the film than I had hoped for, as the best parts were seeing something in the mind affect the overall personality of the person. In fact I very much enjoyed seeing the variety of complimentary emotions between different people, such as those of the mother and father.
A great film to introduce children to start understanding the way that the mind works, but now that the emotions are established, I would certainly hope to see a sequel with some more of the actual people and less of adventures of the emotions.
My mum won a double pass from KIWIreviews and thought it would be a nice treat over the school holidays.
I enjoyed the story, I liked Joy the most as she made Riley happy. Watching the movie made me feel good, I did find the movie a little bit confusing sometimes but that is due to being on the Autistic Spectrum and I find emotions can be really hard to understand. I enjoyed the artwork, the colours caught my attention. Even though I did enjoy the movie I wouldn't recommend it to friends due to most of them having special needs.
The characters were well done but I would have liked to see more of her parents in the movie as I feel parents are really important at that stage of your life. I like the way the movie ended and hope to see more of this type of movie as the movie helped me understand emotions a bit more. I would have liked to hear a bit more music, I thought the actors did a great job of the voices.
I find being a teenager is really confusing and this movie helped me to understand that it is still confusing for mums and dads and it would be good if life came with a manual.
I was excited to find I had won the Inside Out prize pack from KIWIreviews as the kids had been asking to see the movie and I must admit that it did look like a great movie. The box arrived with all the parts of the prize and before I had a chance to do much the kids had divided the goodies out between themselves and were even more determined to see the movie.
I am glad that we did go and see the movie, I was a bit surprised at how it started and was waiting for some emotions to get a great big kick up the bum and finally realise that all emotions have to be balanced. Some of my favourite parts were when Joy and Sadness were lost and came face to face with Riley's biggest fears and that the islands were all important and were able to be reconstructed with some improvements.
The ending has left the possibility of a sequel open and I'm sure that it would be a great story. The animation as usual was amazing and the voices were well chosen, if I had to choose my favourite emotion then it would be anger as it was so easy to relate to the emotion. We hadn't even left the cinema and my boys were asking me to buy this on DVD.
When my wife told me that we had gotten tickets to go and see Inside Out I was rather excited as it has been a little while since we've been to a movie and even longer since we've managed to take the kids. Bundling up our seven and five year old into the car we simply told them it was a surprise, but as soon as they saw the carpark they knew what was going on. Grabbing our free drink and popcorn we found a seat near the front and each got an activity booklet, some lollies and a blind bag which had a character pin in it.
The movie starts off with Riley as a baby and we get to see how things began with her emotions in her head, there were some funny moments of her as a toddler and as she grows, how her emotions deal with certain moments or bring her imagination to life, like seeing lava all over the living room floor. We finally settle on Riley at about 12 years old, dealing with moving to a new place and this sets off events which lead to Joy and Sadness far away from the control room and having to find a way back with her core memories before Riley stops feeling anything.
The characters are all well done, each emotion well written and I'm glad to say that none of them were over the top. We get a view of the parents emotions briefly but the movie centers on Riley and her emotions. At the end there were some insights into others, my favorite being the insight into a cat and a dog, really funny. The final icing on the cake was a balloon for everyone at the end of the film and we all walked away having really enjoyed it and the kids wanting to see it again.
My Youtube account knows me well by now, every time I am online browsing it video depths I am offered up the suggestion of a movie trailer or two and when I saw a new Pixar/Disney film trailer up on offer it was quickly selected. Inside Out focuses on Joy, she here is our main character, doing all that she can to ensure that Riley is happy girl no matter the situation, along with Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.
Settling down we got, as with all Pixar films, a delightful short film titled "Lava" about a volcano who just wants someone to Lava, very cute and as always sets the tone for a fun film ahead. We get to start off with Riley as a baby which was rather nice as we get to see how things start and a happy baby to crying within seconds is something any parent would know all to well. A few years pass as Riley grows up and we get to see some of her key memories until we settle down with her at around 12 years old as she and her parents relocate from Minnesota to San Fransisco.
The characters were well done, though Riley's parents feature rather little in the movie they were believeable (and they are one of the few parents that are still together/alive in the Disney/Pixar universe). Riley is a great kid and I thought it was a really good depiction of how she was coping with the move and these warring emotions within as we try to adapt to a new situation and keep the balance between everything. Each emotion is clear in what they are there for, there isn't any room for doubt, Joy could have been really irritating with her 'always be happy' point of view but Poehler voices her well and I didn't find her annoying once.
The overall effects are supurb, as one would expect. The details on the emotions was really well done, they have a layer around them that sort of hovers, to me it looked like when you see specks of dust in a ray of light and added to that they all glittered slightly, some close ups looked really fab due to this. Rileys mood also effects the scenery with sad moments giving a blue tinge, happy a brighter scene and as she is slowly becoming sadder the world around her slowly looses color.
My seven year old really enjoyed the movie and said his favorite parts were Riley pretending to be happy to make her parents happy and when Joy allows Sadness to hold some of the memory balls though his favorite character was Anger.. My five year old states that her favorite part of the film was Joy and her trip trying to take the memory balls back to where they belong and she like Joy the most. Even my husband, on the drive home was saying how much he anjoyed it and would happily watch it again. I rather liked the ending which gives us a short insight into the minds of some of the characters we met along the way and I do like how all the emotions, not only do you get the same five in each but you get the same one for each, just looks slightly different as per the head they're in ie. a feminised Anger in the mother and a mustached Joy for the father.
At the end of the day I came out of the theater having had a wonderful time, forgetting the world outside and having all of my emotions toyed with (several laughs and a few tears) and a great lesson at the end of it that all emotions are important.
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