(This review may contain spoilers).
I went to see this film Monday, with my niece and a couple of other people.
I thought the whole idea was an interesting concept. Despite there being the different emotions living inside humans’ heads, there was a whole other complicated world involved there, too. It was cool to have the opportunity to view the workings of a girl’s mind… her different islands and how each of those made up different aspects of her personality.
Although I felt a lot of what happened with Sadness was a bit too heavy for many children, I did feel very sorry for her. Although children do deal with being sad, some parts of what Sadness comes out with aren’t exactly family friendly. At the same time, she was probably the character who evolved the most over the course of the movie.
One thing that was a bit confusing was why Riley had emotions of different genders in her head, while her parents had all of one or the other – female for her mum; male for her dad. It’s probably reading too much into this, but that was one of the things I kept wondering.
It was good to see Fear, Disgust and Anger having to deal with the problems that arrived after everything that happened. Anger was fairly amusing, though Disgust did come across more as a teenaged girl… the whole broccoli thing was an amusing scene to watch, too. (I don’t know any place that would put broccoli on pizza…)
Although there were humorous elements in this movie, it did deal with a lot of serious issues that children do have to go through. In some ways, it was interesting to see Riley having to deal with moving house, her friends moving on without her, etc.
My niece did enjoy this movie, despite it being somewhat adult in parts. It was an entertaining movie, but possibly one a parent might like to view first… just in case.