June has turned out to be a surprisingly busy month for the theaters. We got to see the likes of Entourage, Spy, Jurassic World, and Ted 2. Of those and quite a few others, one was not like the other; one rose to the ranks of being one of the best of the year so far and certainly the best movie of June. This movie comes from none other than the delightful folks from Pixar; Disney has given us the hilarious emotional romp that is Inside Out. Inside Out distinguishes itself from every other film by having the most heart and letting us experience every emotion in the spectrum of our minds.
For those that don’t know, Inside Out is about a young girl named Riley and the emotions that control her actions. These emotions are tiny personified people in her brain that represent their name in every form, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. These core emotions appeal to everyone and we see them collide and we see the many forms of them. Riley is a character that we look back to and see a little bit of ourselves in her. Her circumstances make her a happy and friendly girl, but they become diminished as life becomes more difficult and her core values are challenged.
Inside Out is also an excellent character study and psychological piece. When we see the many worlds and values of Riley, we look at ours and image what might be in our brains. But we don’t go out to see movies to look for psychological findings or character study, we go out to movies to be entertained and told a story, which Inside Out delivers on. I’m laughing, about to cry, delighted, and empathetic. It’s something that Jurassic World didn’t really provide to me, while that movie tries to make us relive the nostalgia of the original Spielberg movie, it ends up being a little dumb and nothing more than a popcorn flick that we’ve seen time and time again.
Inside Out is the full montey of why we go see movies. It brings us in with it’s heart, we stay for the characters and humor, we weep through events we can relate to, and we come out feeling moved and in a better mood. Not to say that Jurassic World and Spy aren’t movies that aren’t good, because they both are, but Inside Out makes for the most enjoyable time out in the theaters this month. Let us know what you saw in June and what your favorite movie was!