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Inside Out 2: A Whirlwind of Emotions

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As the symphony of colors, sounds, and emotions overwhelm you upon entry into the theater, the buttery smell of popcorn fills the air, and the dimmed lights cast a mysterious aura as you sink into the plush cushions of your seat. As the images dance and sway in perfect unity, the story unfolds like a thick novel, ready to provide a tapestry of different moments to create a lifetime of memories. 

It is almost unanimously agreed that the feeling of going to a movie at a theater is unmatched; in a movie, the possibilities are endless. 

If you’ve been craving a fun movie theater experience, Inside Out 2 could not be a more perfect movie to watch; it will certainly get you in your feels as you ride along for this story about a life-changing emotional journey.

However, a question that may be on your mind at the moment is, “Inside Out 2? Does that mean there was a first one?” Indeed, there was. 

The first Inside Out movie took the audience along for the mental and emotional journey of 11-year-old Riley. Her life is determined by the characters, or “emotions,” in her head, creating a vivid and imaginative world to understand the mindset of the teenager. 

Voiced by stars such as Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Mindy Kaling, these emotions included Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. There were many problems that happened in the first movie, such as when all of the core memories were sucked out of the Headquarters, which is where Riley’s thoughts are processed. To resolve this conflict, the emotions all attempt to solve the conflicts that arise as a team, showcasing their individual personalities and the beautiful balance that they create within the developing mind of the young girl. 

Riley’s other emotions and memories were stored inside of glowing orbs of different colors, which portrayed various intensities of the emotions’ connections to that particular memory. The glowing orbs were stored inside of an intricate maze-like structure known as the Memory Dump, where the forgotten memories faded away.

If you loved the emotional rollercoaster, visually appealing, and emotionally captivating movie of Inside Out 1, Inside Out 2 is an excellent second movie to watch, as it continues this journey, but with more twists and turns. 

Make room on your calendar because Inside Out 2 is coming out on June 14, 2024! Many exciting new features will be presented in the new film, such as one new “emotion.” 

One confirmed new emotion that will be in Inside Out 2 is Anxiety, voiced by the famous Maya Hawke. Given that anxiety is a very common emotion among teenagers, watching the emotion come to life in the new movie will provide a sense of relatability and comfort.

In addition, after the trailer came out, there were some hints at other featured characters, which still remain unconfirmed. These characters consist of Embarrassment, Ennui, and Envy. Having those characters featured in the film facilitates emotional catharsis and provides a sense of relief in lifting that burden of shame that comes with embarrassing moments, as it would be understood that embarrassment is far from uncommon. Discussing the three emotions can facilitate emotional release, normalize experiences, provide new perspectives, and promote personal growth, as it would then be understood that it is okay to feel these emotions.

 In addition, Inside Out 2 will highlight Riley going through puberty. So, many new emotions will be introduced that high schoolers can further relate to, which is all the more reason to watch the movie. 

A nice movie after a long and tedious week of school is one of the best experiences, especially after a long finals season. So, be sure to grab your popcorn, bring some of your emotional companions, and come enjoy the movie, where the big screen and vibrant colors will turn a dark room into a full, immersive, and emotional experience. And, don’t forget to tell the emotions in YOUR head to get excited!

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Jacob Dardashti, Staff Writer
Jacob Dardashti (’25) is excited to write for The Echo. He likes to play tennis, bake, and travel. He looks forward to sharing his stories with an audience.
Maia Goldman, Staff Writer
Maia Goldman ('25) is excited to be writing for The Echo for this 2023-2024 school year! In her spare time, she enjoys being part of the Tenafly Tigers Marching Band, writing a plethora of creative stories, and watching the news. She aspires to be an international attorney someday.