Inside Out – Movie Review

Mmm this is a tricky one – the premise of the movie itself is extraordinarily complicated – and how I feel about the experience is too! The story is about Riley, an 11 year old girl who has to move home and make major life changes, her experiences are expressed by the various ’emotions’ that she uses to make sense of the world, and these are characters in her head. The movie is able to explain feelings, memories, ageing, life changes and human interaction via the vehicle of a funny kids movie – which is pure genius. Big A and Middle A at 5 and 6 were able to understand the concepts and we’ve had some very interesting discussions since…

However, I would not recommend watching it in a heightened emotional state (in my case pregnancy hormones) as it’s is a real challenge to our own understanding of how we grow and change and what memories fade and which become our core values. I cried myself stupid for most of the second half of the film…

I think on reflection it’s a really beautiful story, but I’m not sure it’s quite the kids film it aims to be.

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