Inside Out – reviewed by David Emms

My daughter and I went and saw Inside Out, the latest animated feature from the PIXAR stable. After the animated short Lava (which was very sweet), we settled down in a packed cinema during school holidays and Cheap Tuesday to see what Lasseter, Docter and co had come up with this time.

inside outThe premise behind Inside Out is that every living being has five emotions roaming around inside their heads, namely Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Each controls certain aspects of your personality, and depending upon which of these five is in control of your ‘Headquarters’ (get it?), is what sort of personality is shown to the world. Memories are like marbles, which can be stored in various locations and retrieved when required, to provide you with, not just the memories, but the emotions associated with those memories. I actually thought this was an extremely clever way of describing how a brain works.

For those of you out there that remember the old early-90s series Herman’s Head, I also couldn’t help thinking of that old show in the lead up to this film.

Without giving too much of the plot away (but you probably know this anyway), something goes wrong (dun dun duhhhhhhh!) The family at the centre of the story moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, leading to a couple of the emotions, Joy & Sadness, getting themselves sucked out of Headquarters. We then follow their adventures in finding their way back, hopefully in time to save their human host.

I thought the storyline was great and often unashamedly tugged at audience’s heartstrings along the way. There were lots of great jokes (in particular two awesome running gags) and, of course, John Ratzenberger!

Brilliance again from PIXAR. A fantastic addition to their compendium of films. My daughter said that it was much better than she thought it was going to be, and found herself tearing up in a few places. She is of a similar age to the human protagonist, and thus could totally relate to a lot of the things happening on-screen. I’m not ashamed to say I had to wipe my face a couple of times towards the end of the film too, as I’m sure all parents would as well.

My daughter rated it 4 stars.
I too, rated it a solid 4 stars



David Emms is an electronic engineer, a father, and an avid movie goer.
He lives in Adelaide.