Friday, November 13, 2015
"Inside Out" (2015)
What Pixar excels at is taking such widespread concepts and using them very effectively to make a point. Here, since it is the emotions that control the individual without “being” the personality, we have a great metaphor for the way our emotions really work. They can step in and take control, but we are not merely our emotions. It is also fascinating to consider some of the choices the made and the truths that they convey. For instance, the way that our protagonist’s emotions battle for control since she is a child, while the adults’ emotions function much more as a team. And it is curious that the father’s driving emotion is anger while the mother’s is sadness.
I love the decision the filmmakers made to have our main lesson be that sadness had to save the day. Twenty years ago this would have been a film all about how joy had to overcome sadness. It is a much truer message to say that sadness is vital. And that feelings of nostalgia and sadness are healthy, whereas the truly negative state is emotionlessness. The depiction of depression here is spot on.