Inside Out 2' Review: An emotional tide that's worth riding

If you enjoyed "Inside Out," be ready for a more thrilling chapter in this animated picture's comeback. Riley has returned to her adolescent years, and her feelings are wildly fluctuating.

The young girl, who was before in charge of basic emotions like "joy," "sadness," "fear," and "anger," is about to enter puberty.

In the sequel, which is helmed by Kelsey Mann, Riley, who is on the verge of puberty, finds it difficult to accept the wave of unfamiliar feelings she is experiencing. Abruptly, "joy" yields to the nuanced feeling of "anxiety."  

accompanied by "envy," "embarrassment," and "boredom." Don't freak out, though. Hehe! As 'worry' would permit!

Seeing how Meg Fauve and Dave Holstein worked on the screenplay is intriguing, especially when Riley faces more contemporary issues associated with adolescence.

Riley's emotions have multiple talks with each other that border on the meta. At one point, "joy" is seen breaking down and saying she is "delusional" and that it is difficult to maintain optimism all the time.

In the follow-up, Amy Poehler makes a reappearance as the voice of "joy," and she is seriously beaming. Maya Hawke is flawless and lends voice to "anxiety." Tony Hale provides the voice of "fear," and returning their roles from the previous movie are Phyllis Smith (sadness) and Lewis Black (angry).

Mindy Kaling is replaced as "disgust" by Liza Lapira, and the new members are Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Paul Walter Hauser. Everyone works together to create an exciting viewing experience for "Inside Out 2."

You experience both delight and vulnerability while watching the film. You won't be the only one crying if you start to feel emotional. Riley's path of accepting new feelings strikes a poignant emotional chord.