Incredibles 2 Film Review: A Super Summer Blockbuster

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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June 13th, 2018

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

Review of: Incredibles 2

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4
On June 13, 2018
Last modified:June 14, 2018

Summary:

A streamlined, self-aware and intense sequel which doesn’t reinvent the wheel but gives another happy dose of the words favourite superhero family.

Review of: Incredibles 2

Reviewed by:
Rating:

4
On June 13, 2018
Last modified:June 14, 2018

Summary:

A streamlined, self-aware and intense sequel which doesn’t reinvent the wheel but gives another happy dose of the words favourite superhero family.

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Incredibles 2 Film Review 

Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life. It's a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again--which is easier said than done, even when they're all Incredible.

The Incredibles (2004) is without question a landmark film in the animation industry: adored for paying homage to classic 1950’s comic books and family dynamics. It was an underrated addition to the Pixar studio, with Brad Bird pushing boundaries in animation while telling one rich story about prejudice in America. It is often regarded as a classic in the Pixar line-up for focusing on problems within families and individuality. Nothing has been able to touch the original, in constant story elements and over homages to classic cinema.

The film’s overwhelming success should have granted sequels, but due to the complexity of Pixar animation was put on hold. Pixar switched focus throughout the years, focused on developing new IP's for a new generation of families. Pushing the Parr family further away from returning to big screens, and introduce new adventures. I have been amongst many campaigning for a sequel, that would allow us to see the family of superheroes grow. Numerous attempts to bring The Incredibles were back in the last decade, from panned video games to obscure TV programs.

All this changed when director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), signed on for a sequel to The Incredibles (2004) which serves as direction continuation for the story of the original. But how do you revive a dominant masterpiece, without alienating audiences interested in the superhero family? A question which has been in the mind of fans. In a world full of significant budget adaptions of classic Marvel and DC characters, does Pixar's answer have any merit in 2018? Or sink in the too well of disappointed animated adventures.

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Incredibles 2 (2018) is the most wholesome and unique animated film in Pixar’s rich library, telling another impressive story within the families crimefighting careers and pushing boundaries in the industry. It doesn’t rely on generic action, instead focuses on the personal moments between characters and struggles within their twisted society which despise heroes.

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Incredibles 2 (2018) takes place several minutes after the first with everyone's favourite family attempting to defeat a new villain who wants to tear them apart, as Ms Increidble’s (Holly Hunter) new job sets up for the revival of supers across the globe. It's up to Helen (Holly Hunter), Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson), Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to sort things out. But with public opinion down own their kind, can the Parr family save the world again? Brad Bird writes this message throughout the two-hour runtime. I love seeing these iconic characters fighting for superhero equality in society against them while growing together as one wholesome family unit.

Written by Brad Bird (Creator and director of the Disney superhero team) The Incredibles 2, tells a family-driven story about discovering self-worth and fighting against obstacles. Focusing on everyday life rather than bombastic action, the best moments in this anticipated release come from the superheroes finding a place within society. A wild change of pace for animated films as each scene feels relatable to generations of movie-goers, from awkward high-school romance to babysitting duties.

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Bob aka Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is an experienced and famous superhero has returned to his crimefighting roots, serving good plates of justice but is still finding it too difficult to balance family duties. New issues arise when his wife Helen is given a promotion, which leaves him with the impossible task of looking after the complex superpowered baby Jack-Jack. These changes allow Brad Bird, to approach the character more excitingly as bonds form with his kids. I adored these moments as they further developed his role in the franchise, and gave reason to care about his struggling mid-life crisis.

The iconic kids all get their time to shine in Incredibles 2 (2018), with Jack-Jack being in the forefront as he discovers powers through play. These moments work as Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) have to work together to protect their younger sibling, allowing for some excellent character building in progress. Brad Bird makes sure to give the kids essential roles in the world, from high-school drama to saving people in danger. I liked their relationship with Frozone, who helps them in the final acts and allows them to control their differences.

Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) outshines in the sequel swapping places from the leader of a household to a crimefighting superhero spy, fighting for a higher purpose. Brad Bird (The Incredibles) gives Helen a more critical role in the film's plot and will enable her to provide some groundbreaking action. I loved seeing Elastigirl taking on the spy role this time, as her laid-back and professional approach was a breath of fresh air. These changes allow for a more personal approach to her strong character. Holly Hunter's (The Incredibles) vocal delivery is unmatched again, working in conjunction with the families traits.

Verdict

The Incredibles 2 (2018) is a streamlined, self-aware and intense sequel which doesn’t reinvent the wheel but gives another happy dose of the words favourite superhero family. It delivers another classic summer animated film, which embraces the spy genre. There is something for everyone including wild action and sublime comedic moments, which allows audiences to have an excellent treatment of the family life. It might not change the Pixar formula but offers more incredible adventure and thrills for people of all ages.

Brad Bird has done wonders for these characters, giving them a much needed second adventure filled with heart and joy, bringing the Incredibles franchise towards new generations. It leads with compelling storytelling, classy animation and sense of scale which is unmated the animated industry, making for one of the most exciting Superhero films in several years.

Incredibles 2 hits theatres worldwide on June 15th.

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