Several weeks ago I spent some time with my niece whom I had not seen in several years. This was a much needed and because of certain circumstances, a very over due visit for the two of us. It was a time for us to meet each other again and learn who the other was/is. The last time that I saw her she was a young child and now she is a tweenie trying to make the transition from a child to a young adult. I remember how difficult that transition was, to try to maneuver through the teen years, the confusion, the emotional ups and downs, the wanting so bad to be a “grown-up” but don’t really know how to get there and to not be treated like an adult and then anytime a mistake was made it is thrown back in your face by someone saying “you did that because you are a kid” or “well that just shows that you are not ready to be an adult”…. yeah, right, like we all know adults are perfect and never make a mistake. Anyways, enough of that soap box! That is for another post, this post is about a couple of movies that her and I watched during that visit.
The first movie that we watched was Minions The Movie directed by Pierre Coffin. I think that everyone is at least a little familiar with who the Minions are and what their greatest joy in life is…. to serve a Boss. So in this movie they are on the search for a new Boss and the movie is all about the travels that Kevin, Stuart and Bob have in order to find that Boss and the potential boss’s (villains) that they meet along the way. In the end their travels take them to London, England. Having just been to London, the comments and actions that Kevin, Stuart and Bob made were just cracking up so much my niece thought I was nuts!
One scene was where they were going up a tower in Buckingham Palace, they pass the first window and they are running, full of energy, the second window they are going a little slower, the third window even a bit slower, by the fourth window they are dragging! That is so funny because I felt the same way! There are so many stairs in England the people of past generations must have had buns of steel! Not only are there so many stairs, everywhere, they also seem to be all circular. Seriously, I was going up and down so many circular staircases that I was getting dizzy when I would come down and would have to take several breaks! I kid you not!
The other thing that was funny in the movie that made me laugh was when they were riding the tube (subway). When the doors of the train open there is a recording that says “mind the gap, mind the gap” over and over. That was a hoot to hear!
The other movie we watched was Inside Out. Let me just say, wow! Wow as in I did not think that a cartoon could be so insightful on the human emotions and psyche. It explained them in ways that I had not thought of and really brought home how each emotion works separately and with each other and it showed how interactions with other people and events in our life form and shape who we are by creating “islands” in our inner being. It also hit very close to home as to how new people we meet and new interactions can change who we used to be or how we used to think by modifying or even destroying those “islands”. I would highly recommend watching this movie to anyone, young or old, who is having emotional conflicts, knows someone who is or was having emotional conflicts, or if you just want a better insight or new perspective on how “the inner being” works.