Flash back to 2004: Pixar's The Incredibles grossed more than $633 million worldwide and won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year. We had both seen the original film many years ago and enjoyed the concept of what happens when a pair of super heroes ends up having a family and kids to worry about. The sequel has been a long time coming and we were curious to see what the latest chapter would have in store for the incredible Parr family.
Official film synopsis:
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.
I had always loved the story behind The Incredibles, it was kind of like getting a glimpse of what would happen if Superman got married and moved to the 'burbs. I was curious to see what would happen in the next installment, and it pretty much picks up where the last left off. The Parr family is handling some life obstacles such as having to live in a motel after their house was destroyed by a jet, Helen and Bob are figuring out careers, Violet is navigating young teen life and Dash is lost in common core math. Pretty much your average family with some super powers thrown in the mix.
The Incredibles and their friend Frozone are approached by a tycoon interested in lobbying for laws to be changed to make super heroes legal again. Mrs. Incredible gets thrown into the spotlight as the new face of the campaign, leaving Mr. Incredible at home to play Mr. Dad. I enjoyed the female powered action scenes along with the touching daily family life scenes. I also always love the fabulous Edna character who had a a couple scenes as well. New characters were thrown into the mix such as the brother/sister tycoon duo, some new Supers and a creepy villain who utilizes technology to cause terror.
I thought the whole movie did a great job of continuing to tell the story of the Parr family while introducing new ideas. The animation as great as always and I enjoyed some of the retro flair mixed in with the high tech digital such as the city having vintage cars and some cool old fashion hero theme music during the credits. Incredibles 2 is certainly a super sequel in my book. Make sure your summer plans include this incredibly well done new Disney•Pixar hit!
I liked the first Incredible's enough to see it a few times but that was about it. It actually might rank in the bottom half of my list of favorite Pixar movies. Having said that, I was only mildly excited about seeing this movie. But it turns out I enjoyed Incredibles 2 far more than I expected to.
Since the characters and setting is already established, the storyline of Incredible's 2 is able to move a whole lot faster. The pacing may have been a reason I was just luke warm towards The Incredibles, where this latest installment was packed full of action that I enjoyed. Throw in a heavy dose of comedic scenes and this film now ranks on my list of top ten Pixar Movies. A sequel is hard to do, one that beats out the original is nothing short of super!
I wanted to give it a slightly higher rating but two things kept me from doing so. The first was the plot was somewhat predictable, especially figuring out who the villain was. The second was a few lines in the movie that seemed to want to prove a point, but they just seemed out of place or just plain unnecessary in this setting, especially one towards the end of the movie. But the things I loved about the move outweighed these few things. There were some great action hero scenes and many funny moments (I honestly was surprised of how much I enjoyed scenes with the baby Jack-Jack). Way to go Disney•Pixar for a great new flick!
This movie is best for: movie goers of all ages who would to see a fast moving and funny animated film. We would recommend seeing The Incredibles first to know the character backstories.
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