After nearly 2 years without a feature film, Pixar Animation Studios released Inside Out, a story about a girl named Riley and her emotions. That’s right, the movie is about her emotions. In this movie, every human beings every decision are controlled by personified emotions, with every human having pretty much the same set of characters in their head. The main characters we see are Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Riley’s family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. While there, the emotions at headquarters essentially cause Riley to be miserable because of the decisions they make. She has no friends, does not fit in at school, and severely struggled with her life passion, hockey. Eventually, Joy and Sadness become isolated from headquarters and the rest of the movie documents their journey back through headquarters.
One of the things that I enjoyed about this movie was how creative the team at Pixar were with the various aspects of society in Riley’s head. The emotions work in headquarters, where all decisions are made and the emotions can see everything Riley sees through a television screen. A deep dark pit exists where memories can fall and be forgotten forever. Riley’s old imaginary friend, “Bing Bong” exists deep within Riley’s head and meets up with Joy and Sadness. Bing Bong takes them through “Imagination Land” and “Abstract Thought.” I found the parts of the movie with these lands pretty interesting. I love it when movies take the time to show the society and culture of the area the movie is taking place. James Cameron’s Avatar is still one of my favorite movies and I love the first half of the movie that shows the culture of planet Pandora.
One of the major themes of this movie had to be the idea of growing up. Riley had to accept the fact that she now lived in a new place and had to adjust to not having friends and not being at her “home.” Riley’s core set of emotions also had to go through a growing up process as well. Possibly the most obvious theme would be that our emotions are so powerful. Inside Out showed that emotions have the power to greatly affect our decisions and can do both good and cause harm.
The bottom line: Pixar is back. The movie was brilliant and one of the most original ideas I have seen in a long time. 8.5/10. If you haven’t seen it yet, go do that. ASAP.