The kids and I love a visit to the cinema even though it's painfully expensive these days (£27 for a family ticket which comprises 1 adult & 3 children - excessive considering I bought 2 adult & 3 child tickets to the zoo for £25) and they were dying to see the new Disney Pixar movie, Inside Out so I booked our tickets online to ensure good seats anticipating a packed out Summer holiday cinema - I wasn't wrong - and off we went.
I bought the kids hot dogs & sweets to enjoy during the film, as well as using my O2 Priority Moments app to get them a free popcorn to share too & then we took our seats.
"After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school." - Inside Out (2015) IMDB
In all honesty I wasn't too sure what to expect, apart from seeing the TV trailers I hadn't heard or read much of anything about the movie or know details about the plot so I hadn't formed any opinions ahead of time. All I have to say about this movie is, if you haven't seen it yet - DO. And I highly recommend that you take some tissues with you.
My kids are at ages now where 11-year-old Riley's story and her feelings are all too familiar. It's that age. The minefield between childhood and adulthood, when the tweenager creeps in and you long for the days that they were happy laying on the floor lining up their toy cars or having dolly picnics in the living room with every single stuffed toy that they own. Those poignant 'lasts' that we don't really talk about.
I felt my heart wrench in several places during the film and after we met Bing Bong I was nearly beside myself. The movie is bright and colourful and hilariously funny - my kids were giggling all the way through. During the more sombre moments I could see them looking really thoughtfully at the screen, and hopefully seeing that everyone has feelings and it's okay to show them and actually, to feel them. I hope they learned from the movie that bottling things up doesn't help anyone, and that sharing their emotions is a normal, natural thing. By the end of the movie I had the biggest lump in my throat, I genuinely never expected a kids film could touch my heart as much as Inside Out did.
If you only take your children to see one film this Summer, make it this one.
Take her to the moon for me, Joy.