You’re not going to believe this, but I took a break from old movies on Netflix and made it to a movie theatre to see something current. Gasp! I suggest you look up to see if pigs are flying because that’s how I felt going into the movie.
I’d kept hearing great things about INSIDE OUT and had to see for myself if everything I was reading was true. Would Pixar really make me cry at the beginning, middle and end of a single movie?
Well, the verdict is in and the answer is yes. Pixar made me cry—er, I had something in my eye that was making it water for a good bit of the movie.
The premise of the movie is that all of our emotions are characterized by, well, characters, living in our heads. Everything we do is at the discretion of these personified emotions: joy, anger, sadness, fear and disgust. Pixar movies always end with a lesson and this one is that we need sadness in our lives to feel joy and how we remember things has to do with our perspective.
One of my favorite parts is when Joy and Sadness are talking about their favorite memories. Joy loves a day when Riley, the young girl they control, gets hoisted onto her hockey teammates’ shoulders; everyone looks so happy together. Sadness says she loves the same day, but that it was when Riley’s hockey team lost the final goal. Joy doesn’t seem to know what Sadness is talking about until she looks back at the memory. It turns out that both of their memories were about the same day: Riley had missed the final goal and was Sad, but her parents and teammates loved her so much that they came over to cheer her up, thus the memory that Joy recalled.
It is so true in life that we remember the same events differently based on whatever filter we’re using. The very joy of this moment was because of a time of great sadness. How much do we all want to be comforted and loved in our most difficult moments? How often do we look back and remember someone who has touched our lives in a moment that probably means nothing to them but means everything to us?
I remember being the new girl in high school and sticking like a baby duckling to another student who was really kind to me. I was probably a bit annoying, but she never made me feel that way. I’m sure she had no idea how much it meant to me that I could follow her to lunch so I wouldn’t sit alone. Such a minor part of her day that she surely doesn’t even remember has stuck with me many years later.
I hope that I’ve had the opportunity to bring joy to other people’s sadness throughout my life even if I don’t get to see it for myself.
Pixar knocked it out of the park with INSIDE OUT and although it reminded me of my own sad moments in life, INSIDE OUT is surely something to remember with joy.
*If you like INSIDE OUT, then you might enjoy Pixar’s UP, available on Amazon.com.