Film Posts 24: Inside Out, August 30th, 2015

We finally went to see Inside Out, a film I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. And it was worth the wait. This is going to be one of my favourite films of the year.

inside out 1It’s the latest film from the all-conquering Pixar stable (now Disney Pixar, of course) and they’ve created another stunning piece of animation. Or is it an illustrated lecture on the latest research into the operation of the brain and specifically the function of emotion and memory? One thing it’s not: it’s not a kids’ film. It may be animation, but like many of Pixar’s other movies, its emotional resonance is with an older audience.

Most of the film is inside the head of Riley, an 11-year-old girl whose family moves from icy Minnesota to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions are represented by the five characters who inhabit her brain – Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger – and the film perfectly shows how Riley’s anxieties about the move, and her reactions to the circumstance are both caused by and reflective of her emotions.

(I’d encourage you to read this fascinating article from The Conversation website which discusses the veracity of Inside Out‘s representation of brain function.)

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (I did), and you’ll recognise parts of yourself and how the remembrance of things past changes with time.

I though it was a truly brilliant movie.

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