I brought along one of the toughest movie critics in the valley to the screening of Disney/Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”…my 13 year old daughter. When we left the theater after the film, I told my daughter, “Ya know, I really thought that was gonna suck, but I’m so glad it didn’t.” Then she replied, “I thought it was gonna suck too and I’m so happy it didn’t”. Believe me, she knows what she likes and dislikes when it comes to animation. After all, this is the sequel to a movie that was made before she was even born. Long time to wait. That being said, can you imagine the amount of pressure on everyone involved in the making of this film? Tons of potential to screw things up. It has been 14 years since the original “The Incredibles” film, and the sequel was well worth the wait.
Writer/Director, Brad Bird, has stated over the years that he would only make a sequel to “The Incredibles” if he could come up with a story that was just as good as or better than its predecessor. Well, he did it. Maybe not necessarily better, but definitely as good as the first film.
“Incredibles 2” picks up right from the point where the first film ended, and that was a lot of fun to watch the whole opening play out.
Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible) and Holly Hunter (Elastigirl) are so perfect together. Exactly as you remember them being in the first film. Their animated chemistry not only flows during the action scenes, but also as they argue, struggle, and adjust their marital partnership.
The children, Violet and Dash, are back as well and sassier than ever. Don’t forget about the one we keep seeing in the trailers, little baby Jack-Jack. Being completely honest and basing my original perception from the trailers…I thought I would hate Jack-Jack. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Disney/Pixar is very good at making babies look adorable in animations. I noticed while watching Jack-Jack on screen, he would coo, gurgle, and smile at the other kids doing silly things, just like a real baby would. Really darn cute, and not totally overdone.
The family is offered an opportunity to help bring super heroes back into a good light amongst society. A rich philanthropist (Winston Deavor, played by Bob Odenkirk) is convinced that superheroes are a blessing to humanity and wants to reinstall them. His sister Evelyn Deavor, voiced by Catherine Keener, is along for the ride as the company’s technology specialist.
Winston chooses Elastigirl to kick off the “Pro Superhero” campaign, which leaves Mr. Incredible at home to take care of the rest of the family….including little baby Jack-Jack.
Eventually Mr. Incredible turns to the family’s longtime friend, Edna Mode, for some support. Edna Mode, voiced by writer/director Brad Bird, was a hit in the last film. That character was deemed to be one of the favorites throughout the Disney/Pixar animated universe. Naturally, I thought they would overuse Edna Mode. Guess what? She was in the movie just the right amount. Not too much, not too little. Just the perfect amount.
New super hero faves include… “Reflux”, an old man who can vomit burning acid and “Voyd”, who can teleport by opening portals to other dimensions.
Overall, it is very rare that I smile and laugh throughout a movie. This one had me going so many times. I was identifying with the characters and how they deal with life’s daily problems. In the end, isn’t that what going to the movies is all about? At an hour and 58 minutes, Incredibles 2 is another fantastic animated film from Disney/Pixar, and it will be released to theaters this Friday, June 15th.