We don’t often go to the cinema.  It’s expensive and often we prefer to just snuggle up and watch Netflix at home.  However this movie was worth every cent!  I first saw the trailer months ago.  We live in the Netherlands and often children’s movies are only shown with Dutch dubbing (though most children learn English by their early teens and other movies often just have subtitles).  I was thrilled to see that Pathe was showing it in both English and Dutch near where I live (Delft/The Hague).  Though my children are fluent in both languages, I was really keen to experience the original and any excuse to expose my kids to English is good as they go to a Dutch-speaking school.

I LOVED this movie for so many reasons.  Firstly, it’s just so bright and colourful.  Secondly, it is simply fun.  Sure, most of the funniest parts are already in the trailer below, but it was really easy to watch.  Not one of those kids movies where you feel like it’s torture after about 10 minutes!  Finally, and most importantly, it gives my children and I a common language to talk to each other about our feelings.  Recently, I attended an emotional intelligence session at the Women’s Business Initiative International and was so impressed by how something I thought might be “touchy feely” really is a crucial skill in life, and that so many schools, universities and organisations are realising this.    Inside Out is a fantastic starting point for both children and adults to create a common visual starting point to understand, make sense of, control and accept emotions.  After relocating from Australia to the Netherlands 3 years ago, Riley’s challenges really hit home with me and I honestly think that having seen this movie 3 years ago would have helped me deal with the move in a more positive manner.

Judging by the response of the audience (full house), and talking to a friend and her 12 year old daughter afterwards, this movie really does appeal to all ages.  My 6 and 8 year old really identified too and I could see their little minds processing it and we have referred to it regularly since seeing it on the weekend.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s one of those movies that you are just going to have to see!  Personally, I could have done with a couple of good songs to replace “Let it Go” in our house but understanding how to discuss our emotions with each other is even better.

Would like to hear in a comment below what you thought of this movie – did you and your kids enjoy it as well?  For the same reasons?  Renee

 

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