Inside Out (2015) Film Review


What a charming way to depict human emotions = a series of emotions inside the brain that drive the person to do what they do. Not an original concept (come on, don’t lie. You liked Herman’s Head back in the nineties, didn’t you?) but beautifully played out for the kids. Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) has moved with her family, about to start at a new school and finding things tough. Inside her head, she has Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and, leading them all, Joy (Amy Poehler). Joy is freaking out, because Sadness keeps touching ‘core memories’ and turning them sad, and Joy wants Riley to be happy all the time. An accident happens, and Joy and Sadness are ejected from the control room and need to figure out how to get back. Meanwhile, Riley is all over the shop, her emotions going crazy.

Having been told how wonderful this film was, I went in fearful that it would not live up to my expectations. And, in all honesty, I didn’t love it. I wonder had I seen it early if I would have loved it more. I just found Joy so frigging annoying, and wanted desperately for her to fail. Perhaps the little Lewis Black in my brain needs to back off a bit. Having said that, it’s a great film, and I can see why so many parents have enjoyed taking their kids to it.

Inside Out won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Animated) and was nominated for Oscars for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Writing, Original Screenplay, and BAFTAs for Best Orignal Screenplay and Best Animated Film.