I saw this film for the first time a few weeks ago, and I saw it again one week ago because I loved it so much. That's pretty much all you need to know about me because I love kids movies and I'm a very emotional person. But I was seriously amazed by this film, even blind-sighted almost because this film is way more important than perhaps a lot of people think it is, not to mention incredibly lovable and fun.
The plot revolves around Riley's emotions. Riley is a young teenager, and in her head there are five core emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. To keep Riley on track, Joy - who is the makeshift leader - thinks that happiness is the key to a happy mind. She bumps sadness out of the way and takes charge to make sure that Riley is always happy. But when Sadness mistakenly touches a core memory, Joy and then Sadness get sucked up into a large pipe that takes them all the way to long term memory. A large part of the film is them trying to find their way back to headquarters.
One of the reasons I loved this film, is because the emotions - while stereotypically gender-based - are different genders. Basically, just because Riley is a girl, doesn't mean that all of her emotions are female, and it poses a question revolving around gender as a concept and whether or not we have both in our minds.
But more importantly perhaps, is that there is no villain. There is no main villain that is causing any issues, all the problems that happen in the film are caused directly by the emotions not being present, Riley being affected by the absence of Joy and Sadness. Or more importantly, Riley being affected by Disgust, Fear and Anger ruling her mind. The fact that there's no villain also teaches kids that there doesn't have to be a big scary villain, that your mind is a large abyss that you should learn to understand because you need it to function and be happy.
In the end, though, the best and most crucial thing to understand about this film, is that it teaches you an important lesson. Happiness is a great emotion and it's useful and it's important, but Sadness is something that we as people need to deal with. Nothing gets resolved if we don't talk about the things that make us sad, because all it does is make us mad, or afraid. And Joy comes to realise that she isn't any more important than Sadness, but that both are needed to live a full and happy life.
Pixar's 'Inside Out' is a beautifully made film, perfect for children, teenagers or adults with a message that is relatable to everybody, with a perfect score and great voice cast, it's an enjoyable film for just about anybody.