This is with a poetic, enchanted way and with a perfect humour that Pixar managed to answer one of the questions that you wonder about. What is going on inside our heads?
You heard for a long time about this new animated film by Disney-Pixar studios: “Inside Out”, which was introduced out of competition at Cannes Film Festival. That’s why I thought I missed its release because of the huge promotion that brought me close to an overdose.
The pitch is quite simple: what do happen inside our heads or more precisely in children’s in this case (since children are Disney’s target). So you are inside Riley’s head where all her feelings are dictated by funny little creatures named Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling – my favorite character), Anger (Lewis Black) and Fear (Bill Hader) whose the main purpose is to make her happy. Riley’s head is like a theme park where all her long-term memories wander so as to create her own personality beyond her main feelings.
“Inside Out” also describes the transition between childhood and teenage years. You meet Bing Bong, her funny imaginary friend with a crazy appearance (half-cat, half-elephant and, according to him, half-dolphin) who lives in the imaginary world created by Riley and where dreams are Hollywood productions.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have sympathy for Riley. I think it was because I had sometimes this feeling that Riley was not a human being acting by herself but a robot that was told to do this or that and who t slips from its creator’ control, like every robot in movies.
The film makes you smile even laugh sometimes (especially when you are inside the father’s and mother’s heads). It simply highlights what we, human beings, have been able to feel.
As usual, I think the 3D is useless. It doesn’t ruin the film, it’s just useless.