Friday, August 28, 2015

Kinda Funny, Kinda Sad: Inside Out (Movie Review)


A lot of us are always like "cheer up" when someone is crying or sad. Little did we know that sometimes, sadness and other emotions play an important role in our lives equal to happiness. This is what the Pixar movie "Inside Out" is all about. I have a lot to say about the movie since I've been in an equal scenario most of the time.

The Plot


It centers mostly on a little girl named Riley as she faces the struggles of growing up and the harsh reality she has to deal with. The story is not exactly something new from most tearjerker Pixar and Disney stories, but it was told in a more complicated way using 5 emotion representatives, "Joy", "Sadness" "Anger", "Disgust" and "Fear". They're like that Nickelodeon short series I used to watch before, "Inside Eddie Johnson" (the one with workers inside the boy's head and internal organs), but only animated, colorful and funny.

The Scientific Aspect


Actually, I applaud at the movie's accurate description of a lot of things about the brain: from REM sleep, an average girl's common sleep dreams, the subconscious part of the mind, abstract thought, the LSS or last song syndrome (I'm talking about the gum commercial) and of course, an imaginary friend.

The Emotional Aspect


I have tons of dramatic paragraphs to say about Bing Bong, Riley's childhood imaginary friend, but that's another story altogether. But I bet if you browse on my really early blog posts (around 2008-2009 or something), you'd get some hints about my imaginary friend (he's still here anyway) and the movie accurately talks about how sometimes, reality makes us emotionless and forget the most important memories as part of the growing up process (and it sucks big time). In fact, the one reason why I was so eager to watch this movie is because I want to stay sane in this mad, mad world.

The Moral Lesson


Sadness isn't a useless emotion. We shouldn't put down people who always talk too negatively. I know it's just Joy and Sadness playing their role as their name implies, but this also applies to all of us and not just the little voices in our heads. We don't have to be happy all the time, contrary to what television or the mass media tells us to be. We don't always have to force ourselves to be happy for the sake of others. Only those who truly understand that we have to be sad sometimes are the people who understand us the most. 

I've experienced this countless of times, since I get sad a lot and I'm a very negative person in general. I guess it's more like, some people see the world differently, so you shouldn't judge others. Sadness is trying to be happy like Joy but the latter isn't even bothering to get her tears to fall out, because she IS Joy, after all. I think Joy represents the part of us that masquerades ourselves from the sadness that we're always hiding from others, and this movie tells us that we should value sadness in equal to happiness, just as a piano has black and white keys.

The Conclusion


So yeah, I really have a long say about this, along with the imaginary friend thing. Bottom line of the movie: reality may be a really harsh bastard slammed to our faces but just masking ourselves with "false happiness" will not do the trick, because it's only temporary. Being emo isn't a bad thing. In fact, emo people sometimes see clearer than people who are trying to be happy but have hidden sadness within. Don't let other people's pressure get into you, because being sad is normal for any human being. All our emotions must be balanced as much as possible and that could make us a really great person in the end.

And to Bing Bong, to Ciel Anthony Simon, to Allen Peterson, to Hibiki Kurobu, to Arlyn Reyes, to Kazuki Kanagawa, to all my 500+ OCs and to all the imaginary existences that exist in our heads and in our hearts . . .

. . . may we go to the moon (or Enidouka) someday together with some of our real world friends. ' v '

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