Film Review: Pixar’s Inside Out 2

Pixar returns to the emotional landscape of Riley’s mind with Inside Out 2, a sequel that dives into the complexities of adolescence. With new emotions making their debut, the film promises a fresh yet familiar journey through the trials and tribulations of growing up. Join us as we explore how this latest Pixar masterpiece continues the story of Riley and her emotional crew, delivering both laughs and life lessons along the way.

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The story

In Inside Out 2, Riley (voiced by Kensington Tallman) is now 13 and on the brink of high school, navigating the turbulent waters of adolescence. Puberty brings a whole new array of emotions into Riley’s mind: Anxiety (Maya Hawke), Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos), and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser). These new emotions clash with the familiar Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, creating a chaotic and hilarious internal struggle. The story is about Riley’s journey to find balance and harmony within herself, learning when to control and when to embrace her emotions.

 

 

 

 

 

The trailer

Watch the trailer here.

The verdict

I had an amazing time at the UK special screening of Inside Out 2! This latest animation by Disney is pure genius, perfectly visualising what goes on in the minds of adolescents. It’s a fantastic movie, but definitely aimed more at teenagers and their parents. The challenge? Convincing teens to watch a movie that seems like it’s for younger kids. My delightful 6-year-old friend and plus-one for the evening, Gaia (which means HAPPY in Italian), didn’t particularly enjoy it. However, we both agreed that we’re two Joys, always thinking positive and staying optimistic!

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Inside Out 2 brilliantly continues the emotional journey started by its predecessor, addressing the complexities of adolescence with wit and warmth. The film doesn’t attempt to outsmart the original but instead matures its themes, making it relatable to an older audience. The new emotions are used effectively for visual comedy and emotional depth, particularly Anxiety, who becomes a central figure in Riley’s development.

While the movie captures the teenage transition with humour and insight, it occasionally feels a bit repetitive, avoiding some of the harsher realities of growing up. However, it offers plenty of entertaining moments and a powerful message about accepting and understanding our emotions.

For parents, it’s crucial to explain the concept of the movie beforehand. Emotions are difficult to understand, even for adults, and kids will likely have questions. Preparing them will enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the film. I observed a dad struggling to explain to her young daughter the complexities during the movie, which could have been avoided with a brief pre-movie discussion.

Personally, this movie resonated deeply with me. It portrayed anxiety in a way that felt authentic and validating. Having lost my mum at 3 and my dad at 32, I related to the struggles of shutting out emotions and the journey to reclaiming them. The film highlighted the importance of feeling and living through our emotions, a lesson that struck a chord with me.

London Mums’ Rating: 8/10

Inside Out 2 is a must-watch for pre-teens, teens, and adults who appreciate animated films with depth and heart. It’s an insightful exploration of the adolescent mind, beautifully animated and emotionally resonant. If you have teens or just love a good animated film, give it a watch when it hits cinemas on June 14.

 

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