Review of Inside Out
Inside Out, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, used a creative way of describing how a person’s brain works. It gained positive viewer review and dominated the box office among animated films in 2015. The story is about five emotions in the brain of a little girl, Riley. At the age of 11, Riley moved to San Francisco with her parents. On her first day at school, the emotion “Sadness” accidentally made Riley cry in front of her whole class, thus creating a sad core memory. In order to keep Riley happy, “Joy,” another emotion decided to grab the core memory from Sadness and discard it. During the struggle, Joy and Sadness fell and knocked out the other five core memories, shutting down Riley’s five “Personality Islands”. Joy, Sadness, and the core memories were sucked out from the brain headquarters and taken to the long-term memory zone. The two opposite emotions had to work together, found their way back to the headquarters, and saved their girl.
One of my favorite scenes is the one where Joy and Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend when she was little, were stuck in the abyss, struggling to get out. To recall Riley’s memory of him, Bing Bong helped Joy and Sadness get back to the headquarters. However, he and Joy accidentally fell into the memory dump, where the useless memories were stored and slowly forgotten. There, they found a rocket powered by the song's energy and attempted to escape on it. After failing several times, Bing Bong encouraged Joy to try again; when they’re almost reaching the land, Bing Bong jumped off the rocket so that Joy could use the last bit of fuel to fly out of the abyss. Back to the land, Joy realized that Bing Bong had sacrificed himself to save her. “Go save Riley, take her to the moon for me.”, said Bing Bong, and then he faded away, forgotten forever.
The scene was quite sad but also worth pondering on. It makes us reflect on an important issue— to let go. In our life, there must be some precious memories which we’ll remember forever, while others which might gradually be forgotten as we grow older. Often we struggle to remember everything, believing that keeping every bit of our memories is the only way for us to reminisce the precious moments in the future. However, it is not realistic, since the world keeps going on without stopping and we’ll always get something new every day. Forgetting something once important to us is sad, but it is a way to move on, to embrace the future. The memories don’t just fade away, they are hidden deep in our heart and become an important part of ourselves.
In conclusion, this is a movie with tears and laughter, which brings up crucial topics regarding embracing sadness and the importance of adjusting our mood. Definitely worth its praise.