Number of Times Seen – 5 (3 Jul 2015, 16 Nov 2015, 17 Feb 2016, 11 Jan 2017 and 18 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Following her parent’s decision to move to a new city, a young girl’s emotions try to help her handle the big change in her life.
My Take on it – This is a film that I fell in love with the very first time I saw it and have continued to enjoy it so much every time that I’ve seen it since then.
The story works on so many levels and its easy to miss some of the things that they do here without multiple viewings.
The premise itself is quite ingenious and works best with animation because as one can see from the previous attempts that were live action, they just couldn’t pull off the emotional impact that way.
The sit-com Herman’s Head from the 90’s which had a similar concept just didn’t work well enough.
They do an amazing job trying to break down for us how the mind actually works and they not only give us an opportunity to explore how our own emotions work but also to show that there are reasons why we might have certain mood swings and feel that one emotion is being more dominant than others.
The voice cast is expertly chosen and each allows us to really feel that particular emotion just via the voices used.
The ability to write a script filled with humor, wit and poignancy isn’t simple, but the way that this film balances all of them makes it seem like it is.
The main premise of this film is actually a very complex one, but they somehow manage to present it in a much more simplistic way that can be enjoyable and fun for both children and adults alike while also giving each of those groups a very different perspective on the workings of the mind.
This is still my favorite PIXAR film and without a doubt the best film of 2015.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that works on so many levels, The idea to make such a premise work is ingenious and could only be done best via the use of animation. The attempt years ago as a live-action sitcom didn’t work as well. The ability to break down the way that a mind supposedly works is superbly done here and it helps us not only understand how our minds might work, but also why we sometimes have different mood swings and feel that one emotion is more dominant than the others. The voice cast is excellent and they get the tones perfect for each of the emotions/characters. The script is written with so much humor, wit and poignancy and they keep a great balance between them all. Love the way they take a very complicated subject and manage to show it in a simplistic view without losing any of the importance of it all while also keeping it fun and entertaining for both children and adults. This is my favorite PIXAR film and also my favorite film of 2015. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Some of the memory balls in Riley’s mind contain scenes from other Pixar movies, such as Carl and Ellie’s wedding in Up (2009). (From IMDB)
Rating –Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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