Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

Adapted from a story Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen had been working on, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley had joined the script team. Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen directed this film, which was released on June 19th, 2015.

Inside Out follows the five basic emotions; Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black), inside a young girl’s head. These emotions have come to life controlling Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). As Riley grows up, the memories she’s making comes into the control center, each orb memory is color coded to the emotion it refers to. There are also five core memories ,all happy, each powers the floating island which represents the aspects of Riley’s personality.

At 11 years old, Riley and her parents move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Unhappy with the new situation, Riley’s upset. Inside her head, sadness begins touching the happy memories, turning them sad. Joy tries to stop her by guarding the memories but it was no help. On Riley’s first day of school, Sadness caused Riley to cry in front of her new class, creating a new core memory. Joy, now panicking, tries to fix it but accidentally knocks the other core memories loose sending them into long-term storage, along with Joy and sadness. The floating islands are now deactivated. Meanwhile, Fear, Disgust and Anger are left at the controls, causing Riley to distance herself from her parents and friends and wanting to run back to Minnesota. These disastrous results are causing the islands to start crumbling and falling.

In long – term storage, Joy and Sadness find Bing Bong (Richard Kind). Riley’s old imaginary friend, who tells them to take the train of thought back to headquarters. Racing against the time, the three try to catch the train but it halts when Riley falls asleep. Joy and Bing Bong ditch sadness, whose only slowing them down, and try to ride the “recall tube” but that collapses dumping Bing Bong and Joy into the memory dump. With Bing Bong’s help, Joy sings to power the rainbow wagon rocket, reaching the storage again. Joy grabs Sadness and they return to headquarters, finding that Anger has disabled the console. To everyone’s surprise, Sadness is able to get the controls back to working order. Together, Joy and Sadness return the core memories, which are now dual colored.

Riley has returned home and is being comforted by her parents. The film ends with a fast forward to the the following year, Riley now adapted to life in San Francisco, and her emotions have an expansion on their headquarters, where they are working as a better team.

Another movie I have a lot love hate relationship with. Hard to explain but I will do my best. Okay I do enjoy this movie for many reasons. For one, the story line is cute, albeit sad, and really helps explain how our emotions and memories work in our brains. Also major Easter Eggs to be found. Granted I do laugh, I cry like a baby because of how sad it really does get. Somehow, my child, just doesn’t get that emotional with it. He enjoys it but for what it is and not much depth for his little brain. Fun fact is that Bing Bong Stuffed animal from the Disney Store smells like Cotton Candy. Signing off with a couple of easter eggs. Can you name them?


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