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Inside Out 2 Spoiler-Free Review

Inside Out is probably one of the best Pixar films ever, and one of the best animated films of all time. When the film dropped in 2015, it captivated audiences across age groups, even though it was aimed at kids. This is something that Pixar has always been very good at.

Show me the act 3 moment in a Pixar film where the music swells as the character makes a big personal realisation, and I’ll give you many, many tears.

So the question is, does the sequel live up to the original? The short answer? Yes! I was a bit skeptical going in, especially since the film has a new director, and not all of the original cast have returned; but Inside Out 2 does a phenomenal job of exploring the emotions of a kid going through puberty and in a new environment which is always a challenge, no matter how old one is. The key to this story not being an entire retread of the first film, is the addition fof new emotions, because of course as one gets older and the brain develops, new emotions are formed!

These new emotions are Anxiety, Ennui, Embarrassment and Envy – and they clash with the existing emotions in interesting and entertaining ways. As with the first film, this one leans extensively on visual metaphors and puns related to how the mind works, and human behaviour. There was one specific scene involving a chasm that was particularly entertaining.

Inside Out 2 could have dropped the ball, especially with new creative leadership at the helm, and a big change in the key cast; but it didn’t it managed to stick the landing with a fun, entertaining, and educational story that appeals to kids, parents and everyone else too. Basically anyone who has emotions.

Inside Out 2 is In theatres now, and you should definitely check it out.

Rating: 8.5/10

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