Mummy says that context is everything. (Also that her 'job' is being a copy editor, so this review isn't exactly word for word how I wrote it - apologies if she's messed it up.) But I went to see Inside Out at the cinema and this is what I thought of it
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Anyway, back to the importance of context. We'd just finished an exhausting, crowded couple of hours' shopping for school shoes in Westfield. In the afternoon. On a very rainy day. I of course didn't whine at all, but my four-year-old brother Teddy did, a lot. So the prospect of the film was dangled like a carrot to bribe me and Teddy into 'good behaviour' for the duration of the shopping expedition.
So eventually we made the 5:10pm performance of Inside Out. After the usual boringness of adverts and trailers there was then an animation short called Lava or something, about two volcanoes. It was a very sweet film, with an important message about the environment there somewhere, but that was hampered by continual questions from Teddy asking whether this was Inside Out yet. That annoyed me.
Anyway, finally the main feature started. It was a typically well-animated and designed Disney Pixar film, just what we've come to expect since such great movies as Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Up etc. All of which I loved. A lot.
It's about a young girl called Riley, who has to move house from somewhere in America to somewhere else in America. You get to see and hear all her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - as she tries to get used to a new city, house, and school.
You've probably all seen the trailer where the viewer sees inside the bolshy daughter's head, and both the parents' too. And it's funny. Really funny. I loved that trailer, and that's why I wanted to see the film. Well, that's really the best bit, so it's no surprise they used it for the trailer.
Mummy had thought this would be one of those films where there is 'subtext' for the adults to enjoy. And there was a bit, apparently, but most of it is in that trailer. Mummy didn't laugh much.
But anyway, back to me. Mummy put me on the spot, which made me feel slightly nervous, so when she asked for my 'overall opinion of the film' with quite a serious look on her face, I said that it was "really good but a bit sad". I certainly didn't laugh as much as I did in Minions.
But then again, the teenage girls sitting next to us did laugh quite a lot, so there were sections which certainly appealed to twelve-year-old girls rather than six-year-old boys. Don't ask me why - girls of any age are a different species as far as I'm concerned.
But given the rating was a U and the subject matter wasn't too grown-up for me, mummy says some of the references and jokes were a bit too mature for me. Whevs.
As for the storyline and plot, once you remove the clever premise (of being inside someone's head) then it ends up being a classic adventure story, trying to save the day before time runs out, that kind of thing. It reminded me of Wreck-It Ralph with its imaginary worlds and memory rooms, in place of the computer games.
In summary, it is a good film, but perhaps not quite as amusing and light-hearted as I'd been hoping. I didn't laugh or chat about it afterwards like I do with most films, but maybe it was because I was tired after the shopping when I watched it.
And by the way, Teddy fell asleep for half of it and then asked to go home at least fifteen minutes before the credits, so it's definitely not high on his 'best film list' – and he LOVES Toy Story!