Movie Review: ‘The Incredibles 2’


Director: Brad Bird

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Brad Bird, Jonathon Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener

Plot: The Parr family are now embracing their superhero alter-egos whilst trying to balance a stable family life. They get approached by a company wanting to improve the public image of Supers and go up against a new villain.

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Review: It’s been a whopping 14 years since The Incredibles come out but we are absolutely thrilled to see them return. We also have all but one of the original cast members returning with writer/director Brad Bird. Everything is lining up nicely, does it deliver?

Yes. Yes it does.

Picking up immediately with the destructive battle against The Underminer, the Parr family face criticism from the authorities and the public due to the collateral damage caused in the battle. Things are growing tense among members of the Parr family as they’re living in close quarters in a motel room after their house was destroyed in the first film. Violet is facing relationship problems, Dash is eager to be a hero and Bob and Helen are struggling to justify their actions to their children.

At this point Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone are approached by Evelyn and Winston Deavor, siblings and CEO’s of a major telecommunications company who want help legalise superheroes once more. They begin promoting Elastigirl as their public face of superheroes, mostly because she doesn’t cause as much damage as Mr. Incredible, leaving Bob in charge of the children. Whilst Bob is struggling with Jack-Jack’s developing powers, Helen is facing the villain Screenslaver, who is able to hypnotise people via television screens.

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It’s a surprisingly complex plot for a Pixar movie with two distinct story threads going at any given time, but it’s all so balanced and paced that it’s easy for all ages to follow along with plenty of visual comedy to keep everyone entertained. The character’s continue to build on what we saw in the previous film rather than repeating the same beats. It’s clear that a lot of time has been spent polishing this script before it got put into production.

The themes of women as role models is very welcome, and handled with enough subtlety to avoid feeling heavy handed. Elastigirl is now in the spotlight and this puts a dent in Mr. Incredible’s ego, and there’s good moments between Helen and Evelyn that ensures that they’re not in the film purely to support their male counterparts.

Do we need to point out that the animation is beautiful? Pixar continues to push boundaries in this field. Although the realistic hair rendering does sometimes clash with the cartoonish features. The animation in the action scenes is absolutely stunning regardless. The entire retro art-deco design is plenty of fun and well utilised in the design of the Screenslaver.

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There’s just two minor complaints. It’s weird that the government agent character failed to tell the family about Jack-Jack’s powers after the babysitter reported it to him. The second is that the big reveal is the most obvious thing ever. If this wasn’t a kids film it would be a serious stumble.

But…there’s Edna babysitting Jack-Jack and the whole thing is hilarious.

Rating: NINE out of TEN

 

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