Incredibles 2

Fourteen years later…

Incredibles 2 picked up literally where the original film left off.  Usually, when a sequel has this much of a gap between when the original came out and when the sequel came out, the film suffers (ex. Dumb and Dumber 2, Anchorman 2, Zoolander 2).

That is not the case for Incredibles 2.

Brad Bird returned to the director’s chair for this latest Pixar film featuring the amazing characters of the Incredibles.  Voice talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell returned to their iconic roles for the sequel making everything feel like it fit together perfectly.

In the world right after the attack of the Underminer, super heroes are still illegal and the Incredibles are forced back into hiding.  However, a wealthy industrialist (Bob Odenkirk) and his tech savvy sister (Catherine Keener) approached Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) with a plan to try and convince the world to reinstate the legality of super heroes.  Elastigirl went out into the world to fight crime and work on the image of super heroes while Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stayed home to raise the kids and deal with the troubles of their lives.

Incredibles 2 was a lot of fun from start to finish.  Where to start?  The voice cast, as I have already mentioned, is tremendous.  They all do a great job here, especially Craig T. Nelson who has to play a increasingly frustrated Mr. Incredible.

The animation was amazing.  You can see how much technology has advanced in the last 14 years since the first film came out.  However, Incredibles 2 still retained the distinct style and feel of the animation of the original.  It was like a perfect blend of new animation and the classic Incredibles art.

The character of Jack-Jack stole the show, having some of the best scenes of the movie.  The uncertainty of the powers of the young baby was very fun and presented the film with most of its biggest laughs.

However, Incredibles 2 was definitely Elastigirl’s movie as she was out front and center in the storyline.  The film does a fantastic job of highlighting how creative she is with her powers and what visually awesome things that you can do with a stretching hero.  As much as Mr. Incredible was out front in the original, that was how much Elastigirl led the way in the sequel.

The action in this movie was out of this world.  They had some amazing sequences throughout the film showing how these characters creatively use their powers and there was not one action scene that wasn’t top notch.  There seemed to be more use of Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone here too and his ice powers are used just perfectly.

I did have a few issues with the film.  First, it seemed to be a little slow at the beginning, but it picked up quickly.  The storyline was fairly predictable and the film certainly did not take too many twists or risks.  The villain Screenslaver was adequate, but certainly pales in comparison to the first film’s Syndrome, arguably one of the best villains in any super hero movie.  I was also not a huge fan of angsty Violet (Sarah Vowell) as that felt too cliched.

Most of those issues would be nitpicks and none of them really affected my enjoyment of the movie.  This felt like an exciting second adventure in the lives of the Incredibles and I was glad that I was able to watch them again.  Though the sequel may not quite reach the level of magical awesomeness as the original did, Incredibles 2 comes pretty dang close.  Hopefully it does not take another 14 years to get another Incredibles movie.

4.6 stars

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