Inside Out – a movie about the feelings inside… and their constant conflicts…
I saw the trailer for Inside Out prior to its release and I have to say it didn’t register. If I had known it was a Pixar movie I would’ve seen it earlier but I must’ve missed that information and quickly forgot about it.
A few days ago I stumbled upon a review of Inside Out and it had scored 5 out of 5 – so after a quick visit to imdb.com and seeing the score of 8.3 I decided I might had been wrong initially when I was the trailer? Anyhow, I got the movie and we sat down to watch it. Being a family with two boys age 10 & 12 this means that we see EVERYTHING made by Pixar – no exceptions.
We are first introduced to Riley and her family who’s about to move from a happy Minnesota to a weird and unhappy San Francisco, and the first 10-ish minutes or so the movie says just about nothing. The move happens and this is about the time when we are introduced to Rileys emotions: Joy (main character), Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
The emotions are the ones who control every living creature by ensuring that the correct emotion is controlling every decision and act, and more importantly – the handling of every memory! The emotions live and operate “Headquarters”, which I guess is supposed to be the mind…
Happy memories is what makes the world inside the body working and sad memories are frowned upon and sorted out if possible. This obviously goes wrong eventually and this is what this story is about, and the quest to set things right.
I kept looking at the time during this movie because it wasn’t just boring – it wasn’t even the slightest interesting! The animated characters were boring and predictable and the only funny character was the lost memory Bing Bong who used to be Rileys imaginary friend when she was younger. Bing Bong is a funny elephant-type character who’s rather odd and doesn’t exactly help in the quest to set things right, apart from in the end, but he did produce the only laugh from me in the movie so he’s worth mentioning.
Sadness on the other hand isn’t just sad- she’s deliberately sabotaging the whole operation in the Headqarters, and even when told to stop touching things she still does it and thus breaking everything which makes life rather sad for young Riley.
Since Disney acquired Pixar some time ago we now have to sit through a lengthy sad and sobbing sequence of every movie because that’s the Disney trademark. Make kids sad whilst watching a fun cartoon, and this was no different. Do we really need this? Why do we have to make the kids upset just to eventually sort things out and end with a happy ending? Is that how you create happiness? I don’t like it…
Nah, this movie really didn’t tingle my visual taste buds, and to be honest, if it hadn’t been for Bing Bong and his total screw-ups, this movie would’ve been a total flop.
I tried to reason with the kids but they didn’t think it was as bad as I thought but after some debate I have decided to give it 2 out of 2 – and that’s a really weak 2! I mean, I gave Star Wars a 2 and that’s miles better than this one! Even the script was better than this one, and Star Wars had NO script!?
So if you want a mediocre animated movie about wrongdoings and upset kids, and have nothing better to do, then by all means watch it, but don’t expect your usual Pixar stuff because this one isn’t in my opinion. How on earth can some people rate this 5 out of 5 I don’t know.