I guess you all know the plot of the movie. Five emotions manage the brain activity of Riley. Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness with Joy being the “leader” and making sure that Riley is always happy. But when Riley goes through a huge change in her life, Joy has her work cut out for her. But then Joy and Sadness got sucked into a tube that made them travel to a different place inside Riley’s head with Riley’s core memories, their goal was to get Joy back to the “head quarters” because without Joy and the core memories, Riley doesn’t have a personality and she won’t be happy.
Throughout the movie I thought Joy was the most important character and emotion, I’m not saying that Joy wasn’t important but then towards the end when Joy was stuck in the “forgotten memories black hole”, Joy found a specific memory of Riley where she was sad that made her parents comfort her and made her feel better again. That’s when Joy realized that Sadness was the one who could fix Riley’s situation.
As much as possible Joy would never let Sadness “drive” Riley’s thoughts. Joy would always disregard Sadness for the thought of she might mess things up and Joy always wanted Riley to just have happy memories. But then Riley’s mind got really messed up without her core memories and only three emotions was “controlling” her brain to the point that she was really empty and not feeling anything at all. Joy and Sadness got back to the head quarters just in time and Sadness took over, making Riley confide to her parents about what was going on and that’s the time that the five emotions learned to worked together and not just let one emotion control Riley.
I love the fact that this is an animated film where kids can enjoy watching it but at the same time adults can also enjoy it and might also pick up something from it. I’m hoping that there will be a sequel because I was sensing one with a puberty story which I think will be so much more interesting because we all know that being a teenager is one of the most complicated time of a person’s life with all the hormones and changes that are going on.