Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Review of "Inside Out"

Ummmm…. Well…. I wish I could say I loved this movie…even that I liked this movie…

Unfortunately, I can’t say either.  I really wanted to love this movie.  I really, really did. But, it didn’t really work out that way.  
However, I did like one of the characters – Disgust.  No, I wasn’t disgusted with this movie, so please don’t start sending me hate messages.  I just thought that she was sassy, bold, acerbic, and quite smart as it turns out – no spoilers though!  In fact, I think she actually saved the day, although it may not seem that way initially.  But, she actually made it possible.  Now, you might ask, if I didn’t like the movie, why was I paying such close attention to who saved the day? The answer to that would be obvious – because it meant the end was finally approaching!  Yes!!!
So, what, you ask, was so awful about this movie?  Where to start, where to start…
Riley is born and lives in Minnesota with her parents.  Her emotions – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger – come to life and pretty much manipulate her thoughts and actions through a control console inside her brain, or Headquarters.  Her memories are contained in spheres which are sent into storage when she goes to sleep, and her most important ones, or her “core memories” are contained in a hub in Headquarters which controls the five “islands” which mirror the different facets of her personality and which eventually crumble.  Joy directs Riley’s emotions to keep her in a happy state, manipulating all of her other emotions to fall in line with how she wants Riley to feel. That’s where this movie started to lose me – Joy was annoying, way too perky, and overbearing.  Obviously, I’m not her biggest fan, to say the least.
When Riley turns eleven, her father gets a new job, and the family relocates to San Francisco.  And so it begins.
On her first day of school, Riley’s memories are inadvertently controlled by Sadness, and she cries in front of her class and chaos takes over Headquarters, as Riley begins to act out as a result of her turbulent emotions.  
I don’t want to give away the full storyline, but will focus more on what I didn’t like about it.  
Here’s my big problem with Riley’s parents – they move to a big city which is unfamiliar to their 11-year-old daughter.  That being said, they allow their daughter to walk to school through dark alleyways in a strange city.  That was just insane!  And that’s not the only thing.  Dad becomes completely immersed in his new job as soon as they arrive at their new home, and spends most of the movie on his cell phone, disengaged from his family until an outburst from Riley finally makes him react.  
As the chaos ensues in Headquarters, the movie becomes boring and slow in my opinion. Joy and Sadness become the key to getting Riley back on track, and their adventures seem to be interminable.  They encounter various characters along the way, including Bing Bong, who I really wanted to like, but just couldn’t bring myself to.  Is it bad that I wasn’t tearing up over him?  I will admit I almost did tear up – when the Train of Thought derailed.  After all, that signaled that the movie wasn’t anywhere near done. I think it was around that time that Disgust found favor with me.  I’m sorry – I just couldn’t help it at that point.  
But, she really earned her place as my favorite emotion when she outsmarted Anger and precipitated the beginning of the end of this movie.  Finally!  Ninety-four minutes never seemed so long…
Don’t get me wrong – not everything about this movie was awful.  Joy manipulates Riley’s memories, and I’ll admit I enjoyed watching them, especially the ones of her growing up and with her parents.  Those were very touching and fun and brought back many of our own family memories.
Of course, my less than favorable emotions about this movie doesn’t mean I won’t allow my daughter to have her Inside Out themed birthday party that she’s been raving about for the last month while she counted down the days for the movie premiere.  I’ll just grit my teeth and bear it with a smile on my face.  I can’t promise I won’t want to throw any Joy-related items out, but I promise not to.  I’ll just look over at Disgust and remember how she saved the day.
Perhaps, if I watch the movie again – and I’m sure I will since my daughter will want to own the DVD – I’ll like it better.  That’s it!  I’ll just have to watch it again with an open mind.  
Hold on, hold on… let’s not get crazy!  Once was more than enough, thank you.
Have you watched Inside Out?  What are your thoughts about the movie?    
Until next time, remember to keep the Mouse in your house.
~ Monica  

Taking A Bite Out of Disney: Disney Recipes You Can Make At Home


Disney Recipes

One way to get rid of the Disney blues after your trip is to keep a little bit of Disney in your own home every day.  One of the best (and tastiest) ways to do so is to cook up some of your favorite Disney meals.
I invite you to join me on this cooking tour of Walt Disney World presented to you in this series I am currently writing for www.resortloop.comTaking a Bite Out of Disney.  So, if you love (and miss) Disney food and enjoy cooking, here we go!
BBQ RUB AND SAUCE (Flame Tree Barbecue)
FLANK STEAK MARINADE (Liberty Tree Tavern)
BEIGNETS (Port Orleans French Quater)

The 1, 2, 3's Of Planning A Disney Trip

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So, you’ve decided to go on a Disney trip, and you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with everything there is to do.  But, don't worry.  I’m going to walk you through it one step at a time.
I invite you to join me as I help you get ready for your Disney trip in this series I am currently writing for, The 1, 2, 3's Of Planning A Disney Trip.  
So...let's get started.
Step 1:  Do It Yourself Or Use A Travel Agent?
  Step 2:  Deciding When To Travel...
Step 3:  On Property Or Off?

Disneyland From A Teen’s Point Of View

In this latest installment, Allisa brings you Disneyland from a teenager’s point of view.    
 Allisa - California
Hi, my name is Allisa, I’m 14 years old, and I live in Florida.
Today, I will be telling you about my favorite rides from Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
In July 2013, I got to go to California for my summer trip. I was really excited when we got there.
I just love Disney, no matter what.

I would like to share my experience from Disneyland in California. My favorite ride from Disneyland Park is the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. It is a ride where you sit in a submarine while the captain maneuvers the submarine. You see fish and other sea creatures. Then, you go into a dark section where you go on a voyage with Nemo and his friends. While I was on the ride, it took me back as if I was in the movie. I feel that all ages are appropriate for this ride.
At Disney California Adventure Park, I have two favorite rides.  I can’t pick which one I like best, so I will be talking about both of them. My two favorite rides are  Grizzly River Run and Radiator Springs Racers.
Grizzly River Run is a ride where you raft down the roaring waters of the California River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will get wet and will experience the roaring sounds of the water.  My favorite part of this ride was speeding down. I recommend this ride from ages 6 and up.
Radiator Springs Racers is a ride in the form of a car from the movie Cars and goes up and down super fast.  They also take a picture while you are on the ride.  My favorite part is zooming through the desert landscape because it takes you back to the movie Cars.  I recommend this ride from ages 6 and up.
One day, I would like to go to Disneyland in Tokyo and Paris. I will always remember the memories I made in Disneyland California.
Until next time!
I hope you enjoyed this latest entry!  Great job, Allisa!I hope to visit Disneyland for myself someday.I hope you get to experience Disney World Paris and Tokyo someday soon! And blog about it for The Mouse In Our House, of course!…  
Until next, remember to keep the Mouse in your house…~ Monica

Celebrating At Walt Disney World!

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I recently started blogging for!
Traveling to Walt Disney World is a celebration!  Every single time…
Disney helps you to celebrate every trip.
Read how…

The Disney Moms’ Club: My Favorite Disney Mothers


I hope you enjoy this blog I did for The Mouse For Less about my favorite Disney Moms.  Are any of these your favorites too?

The Disney Dads’ Club: My Favorite Disney Fathers

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I hope you enjoy this post for The Mouse For Less, where I discuss my favorite Disney Dads.  Are these some of your favorites as well?