I watched Inside Out over the weekend, and I highly recommend it for adults and kids.
It is the story of the emotions in a little girls (Riley) head and how they play out when she moves to San Francisco. These five emotions at play for Riley are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
One character that you don’t see in previews/trailers, who ends up playing a big role is Richard Kind’s “Bing Bong”, Rileys’ imaginary friend from childhood.
This movie takes the viewers on an emotional roller coaster, as it explores what happens to the mind when long term emotions take over, and all you need is the absence of joy to destroy core joyous memories.
Mind workers were also shown in the mind, randomly throwing thoughts into her mind, like songs that she’d hum, simply because they put it there (like me and “Take Me To Church” these days…).
In a movie depicting an 11-year old fighting her own battle of depression, it was sadness touching happy thoughts that were destroying them, and ultimately it was sadness that will pull her out of the darkest parts. And on top of that, it’s ice skating that truly pulled her away 😉
Anyone that has ever suffered from depression, or knows anyone that suffers from it, will find this movie touching and entertaining.
Rolling Stone magazine’s review says:
Kids will probably roll with the abstract punches thrown by this burst of pure imagination. Parents and adults will liekly be traumatized. You’ve been warned.
This movie shines and gets a 9.5 out of 10.
Take her to the moon for me 😥