Thursday, 29 October 2015

Inside Out film review

Went to see this today with my son at the Leeds/Bradford Odeon.

IMDB says: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Inside Out (2015)

In this Pete Docter (Up, Monsters Inc.) and Ronnie Del Carmen (Brave, Finding Nemo) written (including 8 extra credits) and directed film, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Mean Girls) is the voice of Joy, Phyllis Smith (The Office, Bad Teacher) Sadness, Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Superbad) Fear, Lewis Black (The Daily Show, The Aristocrats) Anger and Mindy Kalin (The Office, Wreck-It Ralph) Disgust, the emotions in the subconscious of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias: Burial, The Shifting.  When her Mom (Diane Lane: Man of Steel, The Perfect Storm) and Dad (Kyle Maclachlan: Twin Peaks, The Doors) move her away, Joy, as her main emotion, tries so hard to keep things normal for her that Riley's core memories get lost, along with Joy and Sadness, and they have to do what it takes to try and get back so that Riley can be happy.

There is an excellent part in the film where Joy and Sadness come across Riley's old imaginary friend Bing Bong (the excellent Richard Kind: Spin City, A Bug's Life) wandering around the memories and you realise that he has long-since been forgotten to be replaced by other 'more important' memories.  The section where the 'old and unimportant' memories are dumped reminded me so much of Toy Story's Jesse and the film had echoes of the Lego Movie in the importance it placed upon the parents influence upon the child, kind of Toy Story meets Lego Movie at the Therapists.

Inside Out (2015)

For what is essentially a kids movie, this has some very deep themes.  We are all held hostage in some way by our emotions and memories can be 'coloured' so easily (I loved that the characters were colour-coded, red for rage, blue for sadness etc.) and the main theme of the movie was loss, but I think these may be concepts hard to grasp for the audience of the showing we were at.  Most were quite small and there were lots of tears, at one point one little one wailed 'No' and seemed inconsolable from that point on, why her parent/s didn't take her out I have no idea - I am worried she will need a sit down explanation, or a therapist.  They did not understand to take the joy and the fear and all the other emotions and face them head on, they just knew they were upset at a kids movie.  I was lucky in that my son is older and only really wanted to see the movie because he wanted to understand the characters in his Disney Infinity game.

My recommendation, if your children are sensitive, maybe don't go to the film and if you want to take the risk, take some tissues and a bottle of water with you, and perhaps a counsellor for afterwards.

Trivia: Cars from Cars 2 can be seen throughout the movie, some of Riley's memory balls contain scenes from other Pixar movies including Carl and Ellie's wedding in Up, originally there were 27b emotions but most were cut to make it less complicated (Surprise, Pride and Trust were just some that were lost) and unsurprisingly, a psychologist and other experts were consulted to ensure that Riley's mind worked in a scientifically accurate way, for example, it is believed that short-term memories made during the day are converted into long-term memories as you sleep, which is what happens to Riley in the film.

Tagline: Meet the little voices inside your head.                                                   8/10

Inside Out (2015)

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