The Incredibles (2004)

With Father’s Day this weekend and the release of the long awaited sequel Incredibles 2, I thought this was the perfect chance to revisit the first Incredibles, one of Pixar’s finest animated movies.

Why Father’s Day?  Well, the Incredibles, above all else, is a story about family.  The story focuses on Mr. Incredible and his difficulties on putting his past life as a super hero behind him and how those issues put his family at risk.

Of course, Mr. Incredible is married to Elastigirl and they have three children.  Dash and Violet have both developed their super powers at this point, Dash with super speed and Violet with force fields.  The baby, Jack-Jack, is the only non-super in their family.

The story of the Incredibles is near perfection.  It is one of the best super hero stories ever told on the big screen.  Everything works so well together.  The animation, for its time, was wonderful.  The voice cast featuring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson was top notch.

The Incredibles had a definite feel of not only a super hero adventure, but a spy thriller.  Brad Bird directed this film and wound up getting Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol afterwards and he knocked it out of the park.  Much of the experience he received on The Incredibles helped him with the Tom Cruise vehicle.

The Incredibles have one of the best villains in any super hero movie.  Syndrome has a personal tie to the heroes, and you can understand his motives.  Honestly, Syndrome is like the current Pop/Geek Culture where fandom decided that their favorite thing is not as they want it so they will turn on it and try to destroy it. Star Wars is going through these issues right now after Solo and The Last Jedi.  Toxic Fandom is perfectly shown in Syndrome and it shows how far ahead of the time Brad Bird and the Incredibles actually were.

There is fantastic action.  Amazing characters with awesome characterization.  14 years before a sequel was made is a crime.  This is one of Pixar’s best films and as entertaining as you are going to find.


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