Friday, June 14, 2024

Movie Review: Inside out 2

"Inside Out 2" is a captivating journey back into the mind of Riley, now a teenager navigating the complexities of adolescence. Set one year after the original, the sequel introduces a new section in Riley's mind called the Sense of Self, reflecting the evolving aspects of her personality. As Riley prepares to enter high school and strives to make the hockey team, her emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust—are joined by new ones, including Anxiety, which brings a fresh dynamic to the emotional control center. 

The film explores the impact of these emotions on Riley's life, as they grapple with the challenges of growing up and the pressures of fitting in. With a mix of humor and heart, "Inside Out 2" delves deeper into the emotional landscape of its characters, offering a story that resonates with both young audiences and adults. The film's portrayal of mental and emotional development is both entertaining and educational, providing insights into the human experience through the lens of animation.

This movie was well-made and takes on a child psychology approach. We see a lot of Situationism in regard to when a child hits puberty and begins to live life via the lens of others, certain situations, and his or her own will. If you are a student taking Child Psychology courses or psychology in general, this movie is for you. Moreover, the movie is great for families to discuss life dynamics with children. The changes humans go through is normal but can have dire effects on socialization, the family, and overall development into an adult. It can "make or break," if you will.

Inside Out 2 dwells on these factors showing that though "new emotions" or sensations often appear as humans mature, the most important thing is to keep the self going and always strive for what is authentic and what brings joy. I saw the movie with my nephew and sister and we enjoyed it. The theater had a nice crowd of many adults and children who all applauded at the conclusion of the film. They were very much engaged with the film and rightfully so. This movie dealt with heavy psychological and sociological topics and managed to present them in a way a child can understand (ages 8 and older). 

This movie was very well made.  

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