Incredibles 2 - 2018
Director(s): Brad Bird
Writer(s): Brad Bird
Cinematography by: Mahyar Abousaeedi
Editor(s): Stephen Schaffer
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson and Eli Fucile
Synopsis: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world (IMDB).
If we venture back to the box-office picture back in 2004 you will see that things really have change. There are only two superhero movies in the top ten, with Spiderman 2 being one and Incredibles being the other. So, the question is, in a year where we have eight superhero movies (including this one) scheduled does a sequel to a movie made 14-years-ago stand-out amongst the pack. After watching, the answer is very easy. Yes. Yes, it can and by a lot. Brad Bird once again delivered the perfect mix of action, drama and family entertainment that reflects the current state of superhero movies while evoking the golden age of superhero comic-books.
The story picks back up shortly after the first installment ends. The government still treats the supers as criminals and the family is forced to stop fighting crime. A billionaire benefactor believes that the world is better when the supers are free to help and enlists the help of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone to overturn the law banning vigilante crime fighting. Elastigirl is chosen as the face for this movement, forcing Mr. Incredible to be a stay-at-home dad with a baby son that is beginning to show vast amounts of powers. In the end, all must come together to take down the new super villain, Screenslaver.
Brad Bird (Iron Giant, Incredibles and Ratatouille) has proven himself to be one of the best animated directors working today. All his films are technically classified as family films, yet he always manages to tell a bigger story within that genre. Incredibles 2 manages to be the entertaining Fantastic Four movie fans deserve, while being a striking social commentary. Bird managed to showcase how society can be manipulated through what they see in the news, the dependence we currently have on superhero movies and how taxing it can be on a person when they go from the main bread winner to a stay-at-home partner. Don’t worry, while you’re catching and appreciating all that Bird is touching on, the kids and frankly you as well will be laughing at the desperation of Mr. Incredible as he is trying to contain the ever-growing powers of baby Jack-Jack.
Along with a very well-written script, the action sequences are extremely entertaining and beautifully animated. The family’s power plays off each other seamlessly, making the sequences flow perfectly thanks to the fact that Byrd knows exactly how they work as a team. A crew of new heroes are also introduced into the fold, all with new and visually creative powers. My favorite character of this movie was Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, as her powers are used in many creative ways that had me at times impressed, like the sequence where she is chasing down an unmanned train going down an unfinished railroad track. The action sequences are also elevated by the score that invokes the 50’s feeling the animation and the characters are embodying.
Quick note: the voice acting once again is on point. Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson have a wonderful chemistry and they build on the first installment. Brad Bird as Edna continues to be gold.
Incredibles 2 is another great entry into the Pixar catalog and another showcase of Bird’s prowess as a storyteller in the animated world. Incredible voice cast that pick right back up where they left off 14-years ago. Simple story that manages to pack in a few good social commentaries worth exploring upon repeated viewing. Filled with fun for the entire family, it manages to satisfy all ages including the super hero crowd, making it one of the better sequels Pixar has delivered in a long time. For the fans of the original, the wait was worthwhile and for new comers to the franchise it will only make them hope that the next one isn’t 14-years away. Bird is why I love movies.
Incredibles 2 is currently playing in theaters. Go watch it.
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