It’s been 14 years since the original Incredibles and we’ve all been waiting anxiously for the sequel, hoping that the wait was worth it. Well, finally the day has come!
We join the Parr family immediately following the events of Incredibles, as the Underminer is attacking the city. After their battle leaves some collateral damage, the debate of “Should superheroes be legal?” comes up again. A rich brother/sister duo (Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener) have a plan to make superheroes welcome again: a massive publicity campaign revolving around Elastigirl (Holly Hunter). This leaves Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) at home to take care of his teenage daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) and son Dash (Huck Milner). He also discovers that their youngest son Jack-Jack not only has superpowers, but has many many superpowers. To help in the campaign, Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is also recruited to play a role. Things get more complicated, when a master of hypnosis called the Screenslaver appears to foil Elastigirl’s plans.
This movie is directed by Brad Bird, who directed the original as well as movies like Ratatouille, Iron Giant, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Tomorrowland.
Pixar has a knack for creating great sequels, and even great trilogies, so it’s no surprise here that they’ve knocked it out of the park with Incredibles 2. The 14-year wait was indeed worth it, as we get something truly special here. Whether you’ve seen the original or not, whether you’re a kid or an adult, you’ll find a lot to love about this movie.
Firstly, it looks fantastic and delivers some of the best action sequences of the year, on par with some of the biggest superhero films. There are plenty of powers on display and they all look fantastic. The fight choreography is great and the stakes are always high, resulting in some edge of your seat action that is top-notch. They also manage to find action moments in surprising places, as one of my favorite battle sequences was between the baby Jack-Jack and a wild raccoon.
In between big action moments, there’s also a touching family story here. While Elastigirl is out doing missions, we watch Mr. Incredible struggle with keeping the house in check, which includes trying to learn modern math, babysitting little Jack-Jack, and trying to solve his daughter’s relationship woes. Watching his journey was appreciated and it was a nice role reversal.
This movie is also incredibly funny. I can’t emphasize this enough. This movie packs in some incredible one-liners, reoccurring gimmicks, and plenty to keep you laughing from start to finish. This movie has everything.
What didn’t work?
While this movie delivers everything you could ever want, remember that is still a Pixar film and that means it won’t necessarily do anything unique or new. The villain is cliche and predictable, meaning several big reveals won’t be very surprising to most of you. I didn’t mind, as I wasn’t looking for this movie to innovate or reinvent the wheel.
I won’t say that this movie is better than the original Incredibles but it’s a solid debate, which should tell you how good this movie is. It’s hilarious from start to finish, features some stellar action pieces, and manages to frame an epic story in the context of a family and all the nuances that entails. Seeing Incredibles 2 is a no-brainer, especially on the big screen.