This animated feature film from Disney’s Pixar, takes place in the mind of an 11-year old girl. It is expected to liven up the animation studio’s business, after a long time, after many years, because the movie is anticipated to be a huge success, and convert the audience to relate to all of the characters you see on-screen, personally.
Most of the story-arcs are in minted-condition, as it tries to grapple with the different levels of emotions every one of us has had at some point or the other. There is no soft visuals that Pixar had gained a name for associating itself with, beating the soft, with the slapstick. Riley is the young 11-year old girl, upset about having to move home from Minnesota to San Francisco, because she will no longer have any of her friends, with her there.
Five seriously cartoon-like figures are the control-figures of the emotional side of Riley’s brain. There is Joy (a thin sprite), Sadness (a soft, blue recess-loving girl), Fear (a hunched-up tall purple guy), Disgust (a popular girl, who is rich, green and snobby), and Anger (a fireplug, with a flat-top hairstyle, and skin as red-as-the-devil’s, wearing a middlemanager’s brown trousers, a fat tie and a short-sleeved t-shirt, who thunderously blows his head, at the blow-of-every-whistle).
The five emotions fight it out to control the joystick in the control room, inside the child’s brain. The controller overhears what all of the emotions are bickering about and instantly gets affected by their tattletales. The film is very humourous in places, and so creative when you take a look at how memories are stored inside the brain of Riley.
The brain on Riley is a wonderous place to be: it looks like popular board fames, mass market toys, illustrated books, fantasy films, theme parks and any subject Riley thinks constantly about. The film is real, unlike Pixar’s previous animated feature films – the emotions are real, this is not a wholly science fiction/fantasy film. It is deeply-rooted into the everyday reality, as the film figures out life and everything to do with who gets to grab that joystick first, as it goes along.
The world that Riley lives in, is our world. It is drawn by poptastic imagery and is no different from the events and episodes that could take place in our world. It’s a cherry-picking, cotton-candy of a ride, this film!
Film Rating: 10/10