Movie Review: Incredibles 2
The long awaited sequel to The Incredibles has finally arrived in theaters with the release of Incredibles 2. Directed and written by Brad Bird, the sequel follows the Parr family as they try to redeem the perception of superheroes to the public. The film sees the return of Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible and Holly Hunter as the voice of Elastigirl. Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson also reprise their roles, and some of the new cast members include the voice talents of Huck Milner, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Brad Bird, and Sophia Bush. The sequel is already breaking Pixar’s previous box office returns by making approximately $180 million domestically in its opening weekend.
The film begins precisely where the original film left off approximately three months after the events with Syndrome. The Underminer is attacking the city, which leads all of the Parr family to intervene in the affair while juggling the care of Jack Jack. They are able to stop the Underminer’s vehicle from completely destroying the city with the help of Frozone, but it comes with a cost. They are arrested for their intervention since superheroes are still illegal, but their heroic acts catch the attention of telecommunications mogul, Winston Deavor. Devour ultimately wants to bring superheroes back into the limelight by focusing on Elastigirl, which sets the entire Parr family on a new adventure as Mr. Incredible is left to take care of his family.
So, I just want to say that for a sequel that is released fourteen years after the original, a lot of things could have gone wrong. In fact, film history can easily prove just how terrible some delayed sequels are. However, the Pixar team picks up right where the first film ended, and instantly you become completely invested in this family all over again. The filmmakers capture the family dynamics incredibly well, and every character has their chance to shine. This movie is riddled with humor, and the film benefits from this tension of superheroes still being illegal. It was exciting to see the return not just of the Parr family but also Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone, and the film does an excellent job of introducing new characters, and especially new superheroes, without overwhelming the story.
So, in my opinion, the characters are the strongest part of this movie. Pixar manages to take these beloved characters from the first film and put them in situations that stretch them both figuratively and literally for Elastigirl. I loved Mr. Incredible’s storyline as he tries to figure out how to succeed not just as a super but also as a parent as he juggles a baby that won’t sleep, Dash’s math homework, and the natural problems that arise with a teenage girl. Elastigirl is great as she tries to navigate the spotlight, care for her family, and figure out this mysterious villain. Violet struggles with being a teenage girl who has a crush, which is complicated by her whole secret superhero identity. Dash is just hilarious and constantly complicating things, and Jack Jack is absolutely fantastic. Jack Jack’s sequences are literally some of my favorite moments from the film, and they manage to keep him entertaining and surprising throughout the entire storyline.
At the end of the day, Incredibles 2 is still about a family of supers who are trying to navigate all the demands of normal life. Granted, there’s also a maniacal villain for them to defeat, but the heart of the film still lies with this incredible family. I think the storyline with the villain was probably the weakest part of the film; however, this movie is full of humor, heart, and adventure. Also, at the end of the day, in a movie filled with superheroes, I think we can all agree that Edna Mode is the best. Pixar may have left us waiting for fourteen years for this sequel, but I think it was worth the wait. I would definitely recommend catching Incredibles 2 in theaters sometime soon.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.