Inside Out 2 is entertaining for viewers of all ages

Inside Out 2 (English) Review {3.5/5} and Review Rating

Star Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Maya Hawke, Kensington Tallman

Director: Kelsey Mann

Inside Out 2 Movie Summary:
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A story of a teenage girl and her feelings. A year after the events of the first film, Riley (Kensington Tallman) adjusting to her new life in San Francisco. She is 13 years old and good at playing hockey. Meanwhile, in her head, her feelings – happiness (Amy Poehler), grief (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Tony Hale), Anger (Louise Black) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) – are doing their job beautifully and have created a new section called Sense of Self. It contains memories and emotions that take on Riley’s original personality. One night before Riley leaves for hockey camp, her youth ends. The mind workers enter the headquarters and upgrade the console. Four new emotions – anxiety (Maya Hawke), jealousy (Ayo Adebiri), ennui (Adele Exaropoulos) and embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser) – also arrive. Things take a turn for the worse when the views of happiness and anxiety collide. On the other hand, Riley is having a hard time when her best friends, Bree and Grace, tell her that they are going to different schools. Riley also wants to befriend Valentina Ortiz (Lilimar), a popular senior hockey player, and look cool in front of her. What happens next sets up the rest of the film.

Inside Out 2 Movie Story Review:
The story by Kelsey Mann and Meg LeFauve is great. The screenplay by Meg LeFauve and Dave Holstein is brilliant and imaginative. Dialogues add to the entertainment.

Kelsey Mann’s direction is uncomplicated. It’s not an easy film especially for newcomers, but it succeeds. Thankfully, the first episode had already set a template, and Kelsey did it justice. He strikes a balance and makes sure he doesn’t just focus on the wonders in Riley’s mind while also moving the story along. Some aspects are very good such as Mount Crushmore, featuring Riley’s crush as Mount Rushmore, the carnival featuring hot air balloons of businesses Riley is interested in, etc. And most importantly, the makers make a point about the importance of different emotions and how the mind is confused during early adolescence. The depiction of anxiety and panic attacks in the climax is straight out of life. On the other hand, for those who have seen the first episode, there is not much innovation in terms of storytelling and even in terms of plot. Yet again, Joey is out of HQ and needs to get back; Otherwise, Joy will face turbulent times. And though the makers are trying their best to innovate, it won’t make you happy like the first episode. In short, the first episode is great and sets a huge benchmark; The sequel, despite being a great flick individually, doesn’t have the same impact as its predecessor.

Inside Out 2 Movie Performance:
The voiceovers by Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith are excellent. Maya Hawk takes the cake as a concern and gets it right. Kensington Tallman is impressive while Lillimar suits the part of the popular player. Tony Hale, Louise Black, Liza Lapira, Ayo Adebiri, Adele Exarchopoulos and Yvette Nicole Brown (Coach Roberts) provide capable support. James Austin Johnson (Pouchy) is adorable.

Inside Out 2 Music and Other Technical Aspects:
Andrea Datzman’s music fits the mood and theme of the film. Cinematography by Adam Habib and Jonathan Pytko is satisfying. The VFX is, as expected, out of this world. Morrisa Horwitz’s editing is slick.

Inside Out 2 Movie Conclusion:
Overall, INSIDE OUT 2 is an entertainer for viewers of all ages. At the box office, it has taken off well and has the potential to surprise.

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