Tuesday, 4 April 2017

''Inside Out'' (2015 film)- Review

Directed by: Pete Docter
Released: 2015
Country: United States

Genre: Comedy-drama, Adventure

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


The film ''Inside Out'' personifies the five basic emotions of a girl named Riley- the emotions being Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. They all live inside Riley's mind. Riley's mind is a world in its own right. The five emotions live and work in the headquarters. The five emotions influence the way Riley feels about things. Joy- the most optimistic emotion- works to keep Riley happy and optimistic. When Riley's parents move to a different city- and Riley has to leave behind the city she was born and brought up in and her school and her hockey team- she finds it hard to be happy but tries her best. However, an accident lands Joy and Sadness out of the headquarters and, in the absence of Joy, Riley cannot find anything to be happy about. While Joy and Sadness try their best to make their way back to the headquarters- coming across different obstacles and adventures on their way- while Anger, Disgust and Fear try their best to keep Riley happy, but it has no consequences, as Riley cannot be truly happy in the absence of Joy, while Joy- always optimistic- keeps tackling the obstacles to find her way back to the headquarters.

''Inside Out'' is such an imaginative, original film! I loved the concept very much, and I loved the characters- particularly Joy, Sadness and Bing-Bong (a part-cat, part-elephant imaginary friend of Riley's whom Joy and Sadness encounter). The concept is amazing, and the story is filled with many imaginative elements- inside Riley's mind, there is a maze where the long-term memories are stored, there is a place where memories go when they are forgotten, there is a place where the subconscious memories are stored. There are  workers, cleaners, and even train stations inside her mind. There is a place called Imagination Land- where there are such things as a French Fry Forest! Every person, in this film, has personified emotions: the emotions of Riley's father all have mustaches, while the emotions of Riley's mother wear glasses just like the person does.  Such a very imaginative film it is! 

If you have already watched the film: The most memorable quote from this film is probably ''Forget it Jake, it's Cloudtown''. When I heard it for the first time, I was speechless for a second, and then I burst out laughing. Such an interesting reference to the 1974 film ''Chinatown'', where there is a quote that goes like this- ''Forget it, Jake, it is Chinatown.''

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info on the Cloudtown quote. Though I have seen Chinatown, I forgot about that particular line so the reference went over my head. Still, I found it immensely enjoyable.