INCREDIBLES 2 Movie Review
Picking up after the events of ‘The Incredibles’ (2004), the Parr family must deal with a new set of problems brought on by a new super-villain. Although they saved the city of Metroville, superheroes are still decommissioned. After their home was destroyed, the Parr family is given a new lease of life when they’re approached by wealthy siblings Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener). Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is tasked with being the new face of superheroes in the hopes of restoring their legal status. To support her, Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) takes on the responsibility of looking after the kids at home, which proves to be quite the handful. To make matters worse, the mind-controlling villain Screenslaver threatens the city.
When you consider the rapid-fire rate of superhero movies in today’s comic book franchise-driven landscape, it’s a surprise that this sequel took 14 years to make. Picking up right after the events of its prequel – the film wastes little time getting back into its quick-paced groove. Even though an entire generation has grown up exploring various aspects of superhero storytelling, ‘Incredibles 2’ manages to have a relatively fresh and unique perspective. Elastigirl and Mr Incredible are duty-bound to reverse the roles they typically play within the family, resulting in hilarious, yet thought-provoking situations. Additionally, the motivations of the ‘bad guy’ go far beyond being a generic villain with dreams of world domination.
This drives the film into engaging narrative territories that would undoubtedly appeal to older audiences. But there’s slapstick and eye-candy for younger kids to enjoy, peppered with ample comedy for all ages. All the voice acting is strong, but the MVP turns out to be the one with the least amount of dialogue – Jack-Jack, who absolutely steals the show. The fact that visual effects have developed so much over the past fourteen years only adds to the immersive experience, as each character and eye-popping action is brought to life in stunning animation. Writer & director Brad Bird believed in waiting for the right story to tell, and that decision certainly pays off in more ways than one as ‘Incredibles 2’ proves to be an Incredible amount of fun!