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Film Review: “Inside Out” (2015) ★★★★★


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There is something magical, something unexplainable, profoundly touching about PIXAR/Disney’s Inside Out. I am still trying to figure it out, or maybe put it into writing as clearly as possible. Have you ever thought of what happens inside a human’s head? Or even better, in a child’s mind? How or why do you think your child’s mood changes constantly from bad to good, from joy to sadness? Did you question yourself why your little one is getting angry or disgusted with something? I am sure you have prepared your answer to my question, but if I were you, I would not rush with it and wait until you watched Inside Out. Because I am quite certain, what you think and what this incredibly educational animated film offers is not the same thing. Absolutely not!

Riley’s (voiced by Kaithlyn Dias) life is full of joy, with no problems. She has friends, loves playing hockey, and enjoys the company of her parents, who support her in her bad and good days. But what Riley and her parents don’t know is the world of central nervous system that exists in Riley’s head, which controls every single emotion from the inside. When Inside Out begins, we find a new born Riley who’s aware of only one feeling, joy. As she grows up, different types of emotions move into her head: anger, sadness, disgust, fear and joy. While she lives in Minnesota, she has no reason to be upset or worry about anything until her parents decide to move to San Francisco… When it happens, Riley’s world changes, putting all her feelings in danger, making her parents think what to do in order to make Riley happy in the new place, as sadness and anger interferes all the time?

Inside Out is absolutely brilliant, original, raw, and unlike many other animated films you have seen in the past decade. When film begins, Michael Giacchino’s music makes the viewer believe that the film is going to be special with the opening tune itself. But what is written in the script is something extraordinary where the viewer is taken right to the head of Riley, where Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) determine Riley’s mood. Everything turns out as a nightmare, when Riley appears in San Francisco – the city that makes our heroine leave her friends behind. And this is when we find out about a fascinating world, a place where good, joyful, and bad memories are stored. Riley’s head is shown as a big city, or maybe like a planet, where you need to travel deep within to realize the girl’s real condition, where Joy does her best, to keep Riley happy all the time. But the thing is, can Joy achieve her goal without team work? Can she keep Riley happy if Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust refuse to cooperate?

In conclusion, Inside Out is an animated film that has already made history. Everyone can look at it from a different perspective, but one thing is quite clear about this film; it’s about joy who always tries to bury bad memory, to hide them somewhere deep in child’s mind to ensure even in its most saddest day, that child won’t be able to access it, in order not to make thing worse. In the end, after watching only first eight minutes of this incredibly profound film, it manages to teach the entire family something more valuable than any book, and bring them even closer. Because after all, only unity, desire, determination is key to help joy come out and make your child smile like never before…

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1027 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

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