Who would not have thought that there are personified emotions governing our brains? Inside Out merely portrays what is happening inside our minds when we express our emotions and has done an excellent job in touring us in different parts of the human brain featuring the “headquarters” (ie. the conscious mind), the five personality islands, the core and long term memories, the memory dump, and the personified emotional manifestations named Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear, both known as the main characters and basic human feelings. Also, each character is a perfect fit for each assigned feeling. Joy, for instance, is known as an optimistic character who remain positive at all times despite the struggles encountered. Sadness is portrayed as a pessimistic and depressed character, and Anger, the ambitious yet frustrated being. Fear and Disgust are respectively revealed as scared and irritated characters.
The film is so deep, complex and abstract that we, as audience, tend to take some time to fully understand it. However, it does not stop us from enjoying the emotional ride inside Riley’s mind, wherein Joy and Sadness are searching for their way back to the “headquarters,” as the former carries the gathered core memories to reinstall them and help Riley become emotionally stable. The after-scenes wherein the same five emotions are shown in other humans, a dog and a cat when reacting to certain situations are as far as entertaining. The most interesting part in this film is how it manages to provide us the morale of the story, telling us that it is necessary for the five feelings to work together in controlling the conscious mind to create an emotionally balanced individual. This is shown in the finale when Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear all manage to keep Riley emotionally balanced by continuously controlling her brain together.
I personally appreciate it when Joy realizes that Sadness is an important emotion in Riley’s life, when discovering a sad core memory where parents and friends comfort Riley after she loses the hockey game. It may also tell us that sadness is not to be neglected. We are entitled to be sad as we have the right to be happy as it, for instance, helps us to connect to others and call for help when we need it (at least in Inside Out). Other reasons of entitlement can be the facts that it relieves us from our inner sorrows stuck in our heart and mind, it alarms us that we need some comfort from others to gain our happiness back, and it is just as normal human feeling like other emotions.
I fully adore Bing Bong and his famous song. I personally felt sad when he vanished in the memory dump (Inside Out – Take Her To The Moon For Me).
Release Date June 19, 2015 (USA)
Directed By Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Length 94 minutes long
Riley’s life turns upside down as she and her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. Meanwhile, Joy and Sadness are searching their way back to the Headquarters as the memory tube brings them to the other parts of the Riley’s brain, while Joy attempts to bring the happiness back in Riley’s core memories that Sadness touched.
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars (9/10)