Anytime Disney-Pixar makes a film I immediately take notice and after learning that Brad Bird was finally returning to give us a new chapter of The Incredibles franchise with The Incredibles 2 I knew we’d be in for something special….and that’s exactly what he delivers here.
Set immediately after The Incredibles, the Parr Family now have to deal with the presence of The Underminer. The Parr family struggles to maintain normal lives while Helen Parr (Holly Hunter), also known as Elastigirl, is out fighting crime and campaigning for the return of supers. Meanwhile, Helen’s husband Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), also known as Mr. Incredible, remains at home watching their children. But soon his attention is captured by a dangerous new villain and Bob, Helen and their children will have to suit up to save the world one more time.
I remember the original Incredibles with great fondness and stepping back into the directors chair Bird doesn’t miss a beat with our favourite animated superhero family. While they might have defeated the nefarious Syndrome, the Parr family are now trying to settle back into everyday life, but the ban on supers is really getting them down and making life particularly difficult. But then a daring new opportunity arises and that’s where things get interesting.
While The Incredibles has always been about what it means to be a family, here Bird explores new territory in the relationship between Bob (Craig T. Nelson) and Helen (Holly Hunter) and just what it means to be a working parent. While Bob sees it as his job to be a superhero as Mr. Incredible, this time around its actually Helen who gets to return to the job as Elastigirl….and this causes plenty of strife for Bob. While he’s happy to be a stay at home Dad he soon learns that it’s far tougher job than being a superhero. Comedy of-course ensues and watching him having to deal with Violet’s adolescence, Dash’s new educational curriculum and the every changing state of baby Jack Jack leads to plenty of hilarious moments, and I’m sure there’s plenty of parents who can relate to what’s going up on screen.
Disney-Pixar releases have always struct a balance between entertainment for both children and adults and Incredibles 2 is no exception. The comedy will really get you giggling and Bird and his artist’s at Pixar really push the realm of animation to the next level. Whether it’s the hilarity of Bob playing Dad or of Helen returning as Elastigirl and saving the day, The Incredibles 2 has plenty of jaw dropping scenes. While I can’t giveaway details without falling into spoilers I will say that the action really doubles up on what was delivered in the first Incredibles and there are some truly glorious scenes to behold.
While it’s easy to love all of the Parr family I have to say that it’s baby Jack Jack who completely steals the entire movie. Whenever this little bundle of powers shows up on screen you’ll find yourself smiling from ear to ear as he gets up to some pretty incredible hijinks. My favorite scene occurred when Jack Jack decides to defend his family’s new home from an intruder and I was laughing my head off as to how comical the whole scene was.
The animation in The Incredibles 2 also makes it an extremely enjoyable watch and if you’re a long-time animation fan like myself then you’ll be completely mesmerized by what occurs up on screen. Whether it’s the perfect art direction and atomic revival design or the spectacular action sequences that take your mind by storm you can be assured that you’ll be mesmerized with what is occurring up on the big screen.
Whether you’re young or old The Incredibles 2 will completely mesmerize you and I can say that it’s great to see our favorite SUPER family saving the day once more. The action is big, the comedy is hysterical and the family moments will tug at your heart strings so make sure you head along to see this one quickly.
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