The Incredibles (1 & 2)
INCREDIBLES 2 (PG)
D: Brad Bird
Disney/Pixar (John Walker & Nicole Paradis Grindle)
W: Brad Bird
Mus: Michael Giacchino
voices of: Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Helen Parr / Elastigirl), Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr), Huck Milner (Dash Parr), Samuel L. Jackson (Lucius Best / Frozone), Bob Odenkirk (Winston Deavor), Catherine Keener (Evelyn Deavor)
14 years after the original Incredibles movies comes this long-awaited sequel, bound to be amongst the biggest box office successes of 2018.
The story follows on directly from the cliffhanger ending from the original film, but doesn't take too long to go on a different direction altogether. The plot follows the Parr family, still living in secrecy due to a worldwide ban on superheroes, but this one includes some social justice politics which Disney seem to love shoving down everyone's throats, going by their recent output.
Bob Parr and his wife Helen are introduced to the Deavors, an entrepreneurial brother and sister team who aim to make superheroes legal again, but only want Elastigirl's help to do it, leaving Mr. Incredible at home to watch the children, making this practically a gender switch on the original film. Now, I have no problem that studios are trying to push strong female leads. After all, movies do need strong characters regardless of gender, but they're really pushing it too hard now, to the point that it's becoming forced.
Despite the standard of animation being absolutely perfect and some genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments and plenty of action scenes bound to excite, I did feel quite disappointed that, given the length of time between the two films, the best story they came up with was basically a retread of the original movie.
Rest assured, this is a highly entertaining animated film which the whole family will enjoy, but it simply isn't incredible.