Search This Blog

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Inside Out (2015)

Into each life a little rain must fall.  That is the take home message of this very different Pixar movie that focuses on the complex emotions that run people's lives.  Which is taking off a pretty big bite for an animated movie aimed at the under four foot tall set.  But it works, and the adults in the crowd will be able to relate as well.
Riley is a happy well adjusted eleven year old girl whose parents have moved her from a comfortable Minnesota town where there is little stress in family life to a marginal lifestyle in San Francisco where almost nothing goes right.  The father's job is on the rocks, the housing is substandard and the furniture fails to arrive.  The way we know how Riley is feeling about all of this is through the five emotions that control her brain: Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger.  This is a implication, of course, but much like the simplification of the elements of taste into salty, sweet, bitter, and sour,  it works.  The story unfolds, Riley's emotions play their roles, there is an adventure, and in the end, lessons are learned.  A very fine movie indeed.

No comments:

Post a Comment