I’ve always loved Pixar’s movies. The only times they’ve ever failed me were with Cars 2 and Brave, and they’re one of the most successful studios of all time.
The just released Inside Out is easily one of their best films ever though. Directed by Pete Docter, who was behind most of my favourite Pixar movies (Monsters, Inc., Up, Toy Story, and Wall-E) this film is a masterpiece that explores emotions, growing up, and the very fundamentals of how our brains work. It was an incredibly moving film that deftly moved me from grief to laughter many times, and like most Pixar films, doesn’t even seem like it was made for kids.
So many of the plot points hit home for me: moving to a new city, anxiety over meeting new friends, feeling like something was wrong if I wasn’t happy, and not understanding the hows or whys of the emotions I was experiencing when growing up. There was even the pressure and fear of the father trying to put together an investment round for his startup!
The movie even spent quite a bit of time talking about how our brains work, using real science, and had a wonderful visualization of how depression can set in when the islands of your personality become disconnected.
This was such a thoughtful, emotional, beautiful film. Go see it! You won’t regret it.