Incredibles 2 is a 3D computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It is ritten and directed by Brad Bird, it is the sequel to 2004's The Incredibles (review here) The film stars the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huck Milner, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Bird, himself.
The Story/The Direction:
This film starts off right where the film ended, with the Parr family -- Bob/Mr. Incredible (Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Hunter), Violet (Vowell), Dash (Milner) trying to save their city from Underminer (John Ratzenberger). After getting from their good friend Frozone (Jackson), they are able to stop most of the damange however the Underminer gets away and a lot is destroyed. The Incredibles have to go into hiding once again. That is until Telecommunications CEO Winston Deaver (Odenkirk) and his tech-genius sister, Evelyn (Keener) give them an offer to make supers legal again except they only want Elastigirl. Bob offers to stay at home and take care of the kids while she goes out on her mission. She wears a body camera so civilians can see what she does. While out on duty, Elastigirl encounters her new nemesis in the Screenslaver who hypnotizes people.
After fourteen years, Bird brings back the family in a sequel that lives up to everyone's massive expectations and explores ideas of what makes a hero. Is it the obvious choice of the person who saves people on the regular or is it the person who takes care of the children? Is parenting a heroing act in itself? This film says yes to all of these questions. It does not matter if one is the person working hard in the business world or working hard at home, both are equal on the hero spectrum. This is something that the prior film did not touch on at all. Furthermore, this film breaks the historic mold that men are the ones going out and working and women are stuck in the home. The film pushes women empowerment while dealing with the true aspects of parenthood such as missing their children's firsts while at work and frustration while trying to figure out modern-curriculum to help the kids with their homework. Bird puts the viewers into this 1960's world that the first film touched on and Michael Giacchino's jazzy score keeps the film enjoyable through its two hour runtime. The film also looks incredible and there is a clear advancement in technology both in regard to the CGI and in the film's story. Even while the majority film separates the main characters, they are all given significant screen time.
This film is able to showcase all the powers of the family but the star of the film is Jack-Jack. The previous film touched on his powers but this film has them steal many scenes from the other characters. Aside from Jack-Jack, Elastigirl is the best part as in this film she is allowed to spread her wings. In the prior film, she is shown to be one of the few women superheroes but because superheroes becoming illegal and being a mom, she has to put her career to the side. This film shows that a woman can have both if she wants to and thus pushing her character as a feminist icon more so.
If there was a flaw, it would be the underwhelming villian of Screenslaver whose motivations are very lacking in comparsion to the first film's Syndrome.. In addtion, this film did not know how to use Edna Mode (Bird). She was such a stable in the first film and here she becomes a hilarious anecdote.
While not the top film in Pixar's arsenal, this film is still fantastic and anyone of any age can find enjoyment. Bird is able to capture a close family and their lives while also making audiences laugh and appreciate their own family. This film's theme and messages are great and it is a rare sequel that should meet everyone's expectations.
Rating: 4.5/5.0 bowties
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