In a world of superheroes and sequels, it feels like a strange time to be releasing such a movie that may feel so saturated in the current market. But this isn’t any ordinary movie. This is the sequel of perhaps one of the best superhero animated movies ever made (my opinion of course). Making a sequel for such a high-caliber original first installment is no easy task, but when those credits rolled on Incredibles 2, I can honestly say it wipes the floor with the original. Incredibles 2 has broken the sequel curse!
Delightfully charming, vibrant and hilarious Incredibles 2 has it all! I’ve never laughed so hard at an animated movie before, everything just fits perfectly together like a well-cut jigsaw. All out action sequences and superb chemistry within a family dynamic are all on display. It’s relatable comedy and as anyone knows who has been to a stand-up comedy gig or watched one online, the closer the material is relatable to you, the funnier that material is. Incredibles 2 had me in absolute stitches and when the comedy took a back seat, I was gripped by everything occurring before my fixated eyes.
The ‘supers’ have gone underground unable to reveal their identities and a PR firm run by Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) want to revive the bad image the supers are getting and make them wanted again in society. But not everything is as it seems. Incredibles 2 revolves around our family of superheroes but it’s Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) who takes a leading role in this particular feature leaving Bob (Voiced by Craig T Nelson) to look after Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Hulk Milner) and baby Jack-Jack whilst she’s off on a new superhero PR assignment. Lots of strong references to strong female role-models, independence and ‘girl power’ oozes out of this particular feature. A nice dash of feminism is always welcome but it never forced down our throats at any stage which is nice.
Watching Bob looking after the kids and the family discovering Jack Jack’s powers is just side-splitting to witness. Everything about this charming little number projects this endearing quality. Pixar make you fall in love with their characters and care about their wellbeing.
Our main villain of the piece in this story is a character called the Screenslaver. Screenslaver blames humans for becoming addicted to their devices at the expense of face to face contact and believes the humans have become slaves to greedy corporations. Screenslaver has the ability to hypnotize humans through technology and supers are affected with goggles that when placed on our heroes renders them into zombie-like slaves willing to do Screenslavers bidding.
Not only is our reliance on technology a factor here but Screenslaver has a personal reason why Supers should be banished forever. Screenslaver believes that humans should not be reliant on superheroes (or superhero movies for that matter) to save the day. Only you and you alone can affect and change the course of your life for better or worse and this is a strong social commentary oozing from a kids movie. You are your own superhero.
We have the angry teen girl who’s crushing on a boy at school, we have a young uncontrollable Dash who’s learning maths at school and doesn’t quite get it and we have baby Jack-Jack who is easily the star of this particular show as he grows into his newfound abilities including a hilarious scene with a raccoon that is not to be missed.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of Lucius AKA Frozone (superhero name) and as always Samuel always delivers. I haven’t seen a role of his that I didn’t like and when Lucius also discovers Jack Jacks new abilities this makes for some slapstick viewing.
As with many Pixar movies, the film is split towards two audiences. We’ll have the children’s movie who will love the action sequences, the pretty colors, the funny scenes and then we have the adult movie that goes into social commentary, family dynamics, and parenting. They cover every corner of their target audience and do so with such ease, such fun, and such incredible quality.
Incredibles 2 doesn’t just beat the original for me. It pummels, out-wits and wipes the floor with it!
It’s not good, it’s not great, it’s INCREDIBLE!
Thanks to Cineworld Stoke for inviting me down!