PIXAR PERFECT; INSIDE OUT KIDS GIVE THEIR VERDICT ON LATEST MOVIE HIT Hailed as possibly Pixar's best movie to date, Inside Out is certainly wowing both critics and the audiences. MARIA CROCE took along a fellow mum and some kids to check out if it lives up to the hype.
AS I wiped back my tears I glanced across at my friend Suzy who was also trying to dry her eyes.
We were two grown women trying to hide our sniffles in a screening of Pixar's Inside Out at the Odeon in Kilmarnock.
Looking down the row, our kids were engrossed in the action but none were weeping - they're obviously made of sterner stuff. Although a youngster in the row behind had begun to sob.
It stands to reason that a movie about emotions might have the power to move you. And this film certainly packs a punch.
It follows 11-year-old Riley, who is struggling to cope when she moves to a new city with her parents. But it's told from the perspective of her emotions, brought to life inside her head as the characters Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who battle it out to control her feelings.
Wouldn't it be great if we could get a snapshot of what's going on in someone's head? It's a fascinating concept as we follow Joy and Sadness on a journey through different places that include Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions.
And what's not to like about a movie that has a character who is partpink elephant and cries sweets? There are plenty of laughs along the way to entertain both young and old but there are different layers to this movie and there's also quite a serious side.
It leaves you with the message that it's all right to feel different emotions and that sadness is just as important in life as joy.
Air traffic services assistant Suzy Davies from Troon, Ayrshire, brought three of her four children - eight-year-old twins William and Alice and six-year-old Olivia. And I was with my youngest, seven-year-old Darcey.
The kids had heard about the movie and were excited to see it. And they snapped up the Odeon's family offer of juice, popcorn and sweets which came with an Inside Out character to go on top of their drink container.
All three girls opted for the blue-haired pixie-looking Joy character - and William picked the odd fellow called Fear.
But after the movie they could all see the positives in the other characters as well.
Olivia thought Disgust was cool, William liked Anger for the flames coming out of his head, Darcey thought the way Fear screamed was funny and Alice liked Sadness for helping to save the day.
They all understood how different emotions are important even if the movie hadn't affected them as openly as us mums and our mascara.
But I was surprised when they all declared it was the best movie they'd ever seen. They have seen plenty of movies so this really was a seal of approval.
Darcey said: "It was fantabulous. It was quite sad in places - but that made it very interesting.
"It's OK to have different feelings, like if you see a monster it's all right to be scared. I'd give it 100 out of 10."
I've still got a soft spot for the likes of Toy Story, although I'd certainly put Inside Out towards the top of the family film ranks.
Suzy added: "I loved it. It's definitely one for the parents as well as the kids.
"And it's a good way of showing children how to deal with their emotions."
Fraser Kerr, team leader at Odeon Kilmarnock, who is also a politics student at the University of Glasgow, said: "We're expecting it to be really big."
This " With the Pixar name and voice talent including Amy Poehler, it's bound to attract audiences but Fraser was particularly impressed with the movie's mental health theme.
film. are He added: "I thought it was really good and it moved me."
It's a very clever film that's also hugely entertaining.
You would have thought the idea might have gone over children's heads - but our group enjoyed it.
I have to agree it's certainly moving. I got Joy and Sadness in one viewing but maybe we need an Embarrassment character for any potential sequel for mums who have blubbed in the cinema.
MOVIE MAGIC William, Darcey, Alice and Olivia sit back with popcorn
EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER From left, the film's main characters Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness. Right, the five look out at Riley's Islands of Personality
TEARS AND CHEERS Maria was overwhelmed by Joy and Sadness during film
BEST MOVIE EVER Alice, Olivia, William and Darcey were impressed. Picture: James Williamson