The best thing a film can do is either make you cry and laugh all at once, or make you think beyond what you already know; testing your knowledge and enlightening your mind. Inside Out does it all.
[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer]
[All images: Pixar]
The director of Monsters Inc. and the famous, 30 second love story, Up, Pete Docter brings this new children’s film to light; making you laugh whilst you wipe away the tears. Inside Out is Pixar’s 15th film, with an 11-year-old girl protagonist named Riley, who moves to San Francisco with her family. The film follows the five emotions within her brain – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger – as they try to deal with this unwanted change.
They live within Riley’s “HeadQuarters”, and take turns to control Riley’s emotions as situations come about, creating memory spheres that they can backlog whenever needed. Joy is the group leader, always urging Riley to be the joyous, happy girl her parents see her as – even when things turn bad and the other emotions start to get in the way.
The story unravels when Sadness becomes too involved in the running of HeadQuarters, and ends up sending herself and Joy – along with the core memories (memories that make up Riley’s core personalities) – to the furthest reaches of Riley’s long-term memory. Whilst they try to get back with the core memories before disaster strikes, Fear, Anger and Disgust are left behind to try and keep Riley acting like a normal 11-year-old girl.
The reason I placed this film as number one and not any others that were equally as good (Ex Machina, Mad Max, Star Wars and Birdman to name a few), is because of the lessons it teaches. Not only does it give one explanation as to why we have voices in our heads and can’t control our emotions etc., it’s also a very good explanation for something bigger.
The movie teaches you that it’s okay to have fear and be sad; to embrace all your emotions and still be you. You don’t have to be happy all the time. It’s also an amazing tool for raising children’s awareness of mental illness, helping them understand why someone may feel a certain way in their mind. And if we look a little deeper, the trailer gives a big hint to something huge in film. If you look closely at Riley’s parent’s minds, her dad has all males, and her mum all females.
When you look at Riley’s, she has a mix; Fear and Anger are male, whereas Joy, Sadness and Disgust are female. Now, if this isn’t an indication of Riley being gender fluid, I don’t know what is. That in itself is a huge step forward in the world of movies, and also why I have named Inside Out as the best film of 2015.
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