Let’s Get Emotional

Disney-Pixar has done it again.

Inside Out is a joyful triumph; it truly is. I laughed, I cried, I grinned from ear to ear. The makers of Inside Out create an innovative version of the human mind in which the audience finds “Headquarters,” “Imagination Land,” islands such as “Family Island” and “Goofball Island,” and little representations of the major emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust.

I’d take this explanation of the human mind over any textbook’s.

Amy Poehler expertly lends her voice to “Joy,” a glittering gold pixie-type who has been in control of memories for most of Riley’s (the little girl who sort of “owns” all of the emotions we meet in the movie) eleven-year-old life. When Riley and her family make the move from Minnesota to San Francisco, every thing starts to become a little less black-and-white for the lovable emotions. Sadness is feeling the urge to become more in control, and things are just plain haywire in headquarters.

Goodness. That’s pretty much all I want to give away, because I want anyone who reads this to experience the masterpiece for themselves.

I will say that after this movie you’ll be wondering which emotion likes to take control most often in your own head–I’d like to think Joy is predominate, but I know I have a heavy dose of Fear…and Anger.

That’s what this movie does to you–it prompts you to look inside your own thought process and kind of give yourself a little break. When you’re sad, it’s ok. Joy will come if you let it. If you’re afraid, it’s ok. Fear is a completely natural emotion that exists in all of us, even if it means being afraid of irrational things (guilty).

In short, Inside Out champions balance, not perfection. We can’t be happy all the time; we just can’t. We all need a little bit of everything to construct the person that is uniquely and wonderfully us.

I probably gave away too much. Just go see it. In the meantime, I’ll be hoping for a sudden influx in income so I can buy all the merchandise–IT’S JUST SO GOOD.

As you watch, my friends, don’t be afraid to get a little emotional. Let Joy take over, let sweet Sadness coat your heart for a few seconds, and bask in the warm glow of movie-going satisfaction. No need for Disgust, Anger, or Fear to take the reins this time. Save them for another day.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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