Inside Out

Inside Out film poster


Director: Pete Docter
Writer: Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen
Released: June 2015
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan

What a fantastic premise!

I am fascinated by psychology and why people behave the way they do, and this film has simplified our complex behaviours into an entertaining and interesting animation.

It’s about a young girl… Well, more like the emotions that make up a young girl. We see inside her head and see who controls her moods, decisions and feelings:

Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear.

Inside Out film. Sadness characterEach are relatable and lovable, each with pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses. No mood is less important than the other, or more favourable than the other. Which is a moral within itself.

My favourite character was Sadness. Because she seems so helpless and incorrigible,  but she’s not self-loathing or deceitful.

Joy was my least favourite… She is positively irritating.

However! I was surprised to notice there are more female characters than male characters.

I love how much we find out about this world – the subconscious, personal values, suppressed memories, even her imaginary friend. But my favourite part is the explanation of dreams…

“Action!”Dream scene in film Inside Out

By turning the brain from a wibbly-wobbly system, a complex map – if you will – of intertwined motorways, power lines, unpredictable traffic jams and road rage. This movie physicalises many components of what makes you, you!

All that is natured and nurtured, all that is influential and permanent. This movie has assigned a character to represent it.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. I think perhaps, on a deeper level beyond the entertainment value, perhaps this film could shine a new light on why people are the way they are. Hopefully increasing understanding and acceptance among us… That’s wishful thinking…

Inside Out film. Anger character

But you should see it.

My only hope is that an R16 version comes out where it’s not an animation, but a real person. Who is a psychopathic murderer like Hannibal… IMAGINE THAT. Watching what Hannibal Lecter is THINKING…

Perhaps a sequel?

Jodie’s rating: 8/10

Why not a 10/10? Because it sagged a little at times, and at the end, you realise you spent $18.50 on a children’s movie…

About NZ Film Freak

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. Currently working in marketing, and writing fiction in my spare time. I love to write about movies on this blog when I can. I also do paid reviews and voiceovers via Fiverr (nzfilmfreak).
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