Inside Out emotions - Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust, and Anger. Photo: Google Images.

School Holidays Movie Review: Inside Out

Voiced by famous actors and actresses such as Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black – the kids are sure to love Inside Out. This one will have the kids laughing and learning.

The movie starts off with Riley, the protagonist, who as a baby starts to develop emotions, just like any other person except they are personified. These emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear are all true to their names and control Riley’s day to day feelings which create various memories from Riley’s life. These memories are then stored away for safe keeping. But there are five core emotion balls which are in the centre of Riley’s life – as they have been her and her emotions’ favourite memories.

Not too long after the movie begins, Riley’s parents decide to move from their hometown Minnesota to San Francisco. It is there where Riley’s moods drastically change as the five emotions in her head are having troubles of their own. These troubles cause Joy and Sadness to leave Headquarters accidentally and into all of Riley’s memory collections.

This is where things start to go bad for Riley and she no longer feels joy. She is instead stuck with Disgust, Anger, and Fear. These three emotions are unsure of how to fulfil the duties of Joy,  which eventually leads to Riley losing all her emotions. It is then up to Joy and Sadness to bring the old Riley back as they muster all their effort to get back to Headquarters as soon as possible.

Throughout their journey to Headquarters, Joy discovers that Sadness, despite what she stands for, is really important in completing Riley’s wellbeing and that she does in fact contribute to the joy in Riley’s life.

This movie is an emotional rollercoaster and provides funny moments from not only Riley’s emotions but her mothers’ and fathers’ emotions, and from a younger boy at the end, as well as the question put forward by the  Disgust emotion, “What is puberty?”  The emotions are dumbfounded, which provides as hint at a possible sequel.

No good movie is left without a message to its viewers, as the movie reminds us all that it’s ok to be emotional and experience different feelings. Big or small, we’re all human in the end.

Rating 4.5 out of 5



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