Film Review: The Incredibles 2 – 2018 (8.5/10)

The-Incredibles-2

Director: Brad Bird

Starring:  Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible
Holly Hunter as Helen Parr / Elastigirl
Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr, the family’s daughter
Huck Milner as Dashiell “Dash”
Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best / Frozone, Bob’s best friend
Brad Bird as Edna Mode, a fashion designer to the “supers” and a close friend of the Parrs.
Bob Odenkirk as Winston Deavor,Catherine Keener as Evelyn Deavor, Jonathan Banks , ichael Bird, Sophia Bush, Phil LaMarr, Paul Eiding

This is the first time I decide to write about an animated film and to my surprise I come to realize it is not an easy task. Incredibles 2 is such a sophisticated film that has all elements to make it yet another hit movie for Pixar and Disney.

While Incredibles 2 comes 14 years following the first one, it picks up where it left, and almost follow the same theme of the first film where the Incredibles live in a world where they are forced to live a normal life and hide their powers. In part two we see the Incredibles (Parr Family) Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack continue to be acting under cover, superheroes become illegal and the government program that used to protect them has ended.


While Bob and Helen try to figure out what to do, Helen receives an offer from the siblings Winston & Evelyn to work with them to change the perception about superheroes for some personal intention related to their late father. This means Bob has to be the one looking after three children while Helen goes to save the world.

The great news is, you will still totally enjoy Incredibles 2 even if you have not seen the first one. Also, this film is by far one of the best movies that would entertain the entire family children of all ages and adults. The script is strong and it gives the right balance between being an adult movie but still shows enough fun and jokes to entertain and amuse children.

The plot is well designed and the action, chases and thrilling senses are so brilliant with acceptable level of exaggeration. The main characters of the film from part one – the Parr family, their friend superhero Frozone and the famous custom designer Edna Mode are all characters we see in our lives and can relate to directly making it hard to notice we are watching an animated film. The big part in this film also focus on showing the toddler Jack-Jack expressing many super powers which are still uncontrollable adding many fun scenes in addtion adding a development in the dynamics of this family.

The film also throws in the mix a large number of other superheroes with amazingly creative powers (not seen in other superhero movies) who support the existence of the Incredibles where they also have to hide their powers in a world forbidding them from using them for the good. At first watching these characters seems like an uncalculated risk which is almost damaging the film but this soon changes to brilliantly enhances and adds to the action scenes.

The two very personal observations I noted in this film and no way are negative comments are – first the film is highly focused on the female superhero figure as being both strong in her field as well as being the super mother, a theme that we continue to see in the Superhero movies over the past year or so which I guess a positive thing.
The negative part is the stereotype about the father who seems to be jealous of his successful wife and struggling to be the stay at home Dad to look after the children. While the film still shows in the end he succeeds in managing the family, maybe it is time we show capable fathers who feel able, proud and secure being the ones looking after the kids.

Overall, this is a fantastic film with all great elements to be nominated for many awards

 

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