Reviews: the supers are back with Incredibles 2!
The Incredibles 2,
Directed by Brad Bird,
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson
The Parr family is back; after a fourteen year wait Brad Bird finally brings the one superhero team that I never tire of watching, back to the big screen again. Picking up directly after the family saves the city from Syndrome and the Underminer breaks through the ground (at the end of the first film) it’s down to Bob and Helen to stop his city-destroying vehicle. Once they do, naturally they expect the admiration of the crowd but they are once again scorned by the authorities and their support is pulled out from under them. It’s only when a rich company want to legalise the superheroes again that things seem to get better.
I have to say, and I’m going to be honest here, that if I have to wait fourteen years for another Incredibles movie, it would be worth the wait. For my own reasons I hope that doesn’t have to happen and we get something within two years, though! For me this is the Superhero movie of the year. I loved the first film and this is again on the level of the first film but with Jack-Jack being so super cute and funny it lifts itself up from the original film.
When they are painted into a corner, with no home, no jobs, and only two weeks booked at a motel, the Parr’s are thrown a lifeline by billionaire siblings Winston and Evelyn. Their father loved superheroes and Winston wants to make sure that heroes are legal again in his honour. In order to do this they need the soft touch of Elastigirl rather than the brute force of Mr. Incredible. This leads to Bob taking over at home while Helen takes to the streets in a bid to win back the favour of the people and try to legalise superheroes once again.
A new villain called ScreenSlaver is able to take control of every TV in the city and is intent of causing a lot of trouble. There is a sinister plan behind this villain’s actions (of course!) and it’s down to Elastigirl to find out what his diabolical plan is. Meanwhile at home, Bob is getting super stressed out dealing with the three kids by himself, but it’s when Jack-Jack manifests his superpowers that things really get more interesting for him, and more enjoyable for the viewer. Their friends are on hand to help Bob, with Frozone baffled by the seemingly limitless amount of powers that the baby has, to Edna falling instantly in love with the child, and the child with Edna.
What I love here is the same of what I loved back fourteen years ago, it’s an animation that takes it’s time and includes scenes that most studios would leave on the cutting room floor. We get to see the family life, the private conversations, and background that just completes the whole picture and make the characters more real, not some cardboard cutouts there just for the action scenes, they are like real people with actual lives we can relate to. Brad Bird wrote and directed this film, and my hat is off to him. To have a complete world, to create this level of detail into every shot is just outstanding. The comedy and drama mix is blended so perfectly that I was sitting there like the first time I ever went to cinema and fell in love with the medium.
The voice talent returns with Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brad Bird as Edna. You feel as though this was made just a few years after the first film as all the parts fall back into place with ease. There is very, very, little to criticise here, it’s about as perfect a film, a sequel, a stand alone movie as you will find this summer. If you are interested in the theme songs of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and FroZone, then stay during the end credits. I did, but mostly because I just wanted them to play the film again, took three ushers to pull me out of the cinema. This is worth waiting those fourteen years for.