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Incredibles 2 Review

14 goddamn years. That’s how long we’ve all waited for this film. I saw the first Incredibles in theaters when I was 10 years old and it’s always been one of my favorite films from Pixar, combining superheroes with family drama and an homage to 60s spy films. The ending to that film was the perfect set up for the sequel. And for 14 years, we’ve waited while Cars got two sequels and spin-offs in this time frame. Now, it’s finally here. So how is it? Well, let’s find out. This is Incredibles 2.

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THE STORY

The Parr family saves the day from the Underminer, but since superheroes are still illegal and there’s collateral damage, they’re not viewed favorably. Then, a wealthy tycoon named Winston Deavor offers Bob and Helen Parr a chance to change the law and makes supers legal again with Elastigirl leading the way. While Helen is off doing hero work, Bob is left to look after the kids at home. Meanwhile, a new foe rises to turn the public against supers. I was one of those people who thought there was going to be a time-skip and was disappointed when I found out there wasn’t one. But I quickly got over it and viewed the film as is. Something I noticed about this film is that while it is a family movie, it feels like it was made for an older audience. There’s scenes where characters just talk, but it never feels boring. That’s because it was written and directed by Brad Bird, who also made The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and the first Incredibles. All great films and you can add Incredibles 2 to that list.

THE CHARACTERS

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All of our favorite heroes are back and so is most of the original cast. Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson return as Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible), Helen Parr (Elastigirl), and Lucius Best (Frozone) respectively. While Violet and Jack-Jack still have the same voice actors, Dash has a new one because his original voice actor went through puberty. All of the voice actors in this movie, both old and new, were great. The first Incredibles shined a light on Mr. Incredible, this one shines a light on Elastigirl as she’s chosen to lead a campaign to make supers legal and she was a total badass. It’s cool to see how there are people who idolized Elastigirl. There are certain people out there who complained about this being a “feminist agenda.” Don’t listen to those people. They’re reading too much into the film and just want to complain for the sake of complaining. With Elastigirl taking care of heroics, that leaves Mr. Incredible in charge of looking after the kids. This could’ve easily gone down the “incompetent idiot dad” trope that you see in a lot of sitcoms, but they’ve cleverly subverted that trope by showing Bob as someone who isn’t perfect, but is willing to put in the work to be a dad, whether it’d be learning math so that he could help Dash with his homework or dealing with Jack-Jack’s developing powers. Speaking of Jack-Jack, that little baby stole the entire movie. He’s the most OP character in this universe and he’s barely a year old. I’m pretty sure Jack-Jack can beat Thanos. Frozone is one cool dude, no pun intended. It’s Samuel L. friggin’ Jackson. Winston Deavor is an enthusiastic rich guy and superhero fanboy who wants to bring superheroes back and the other superheroes were cool and unique as well.

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But now we have to talk about the weakest part of the film, the villain. Remember Syndrome from the first Incredibles? Remember how funny and intimidating he was and how he was the perfect allegory for toxic fandom? Well, in Incredibles 2, we get the Screenslaver, a villain who can hypnotize people with screens. Sounds like potential for a great idea, right? Well, they fucked up because this villain is not memorable nor captivating at all. And guess what? It’s another twist villain and it’s pretty obvious who it was. It was Winston’s sister Evelyn who builds the tech for her brother’s company. I’m not giving away anything surprising there. And her motivation is kinda dumb: keeping supers illegal by making them look bad and sabotaging Winston’s campaign. Disney’s reliance on twist villains for their more recent animated films has only made their villains less interesting since we already figured out the twist before it unravels. Oh, and speaking of hypnosis, there are a couple of scenes with constant flashing lights that aren’t friendly to people who are epileptic. And some of these scenes go on for several seconds. If you’re susceptible to seizures, I’d wait until this movie is out on digital and Blu-Ray.

EVERYTHING ELSE

14 years is a long time and it makes a difference. The animation is A1 and a massive step-up from the first movie. You can actually see the little fabrics in the clothing, hair flows more realistically, and stuff like Frozone’s ice has see improvements. With the improved technology, the action is also really good. The beginning scene where the Parrs go up against the Underminer and every action scene involving Elastigirl (especially when she’s trying to stop a runaway monorail). The humor works as well as the first, hell, I’d say it’s even funnier. There’s two scenes that had me dying: one was when Jack-Jack was fighting a raccoon and the other involves Violet shooting water out of her nose. Those scenes killed me.

I give Incredibles 2 a 9/10. Great animation, voice acting, action, humor, etc. It was definitely worth the wait. This film picks up right where the first one left off and aside from the villain, not a single beat felt off. Hats off to Brad Bird, the case and crew, and Pixar for delivering. If they decide to make an Incredibles 3, I’d be down for it. The next Pixar film after this is Toy Story 4, which I’ll check out, but I’m not too excited for. I dunno. The third one was the perfect conclusion for that story. We’ll see where they go.

Peace!!

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One thought on “Incredibles 2 Review

  1. I remember seeing The Incredibles as a child when they showed it at my local JCC where my parents would send me to hang out with other kids on days when school was off. I’m hoping to see the second movie soon but my summer has been busy between my internship with my local County Legislator and petitioning to help get my local Democratic State Senate candidate among other things.

    I also wanted to share with you my best and worst song lists for my birth year 1999 with my 19th birthday coming Monday. I know you did these lists a couple years ago so I know my lists have some similarities to yours but I think you’ll like them.
    Let me know what you think!

    Best Hit Songs of 1999
    1)Smooth by Santana ft. Rob Thomas
    2)Doo Wop (That Thing) by Ms. Lauryn Hill
    3)Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
    4)Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
    5)Believe by Cher
    6)Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
    7)Hard Knock Life by JAY-Z
    8)All Star by Smash Mouth
    9)Bailamos by Enrique Iglesias
    10)No Scrubs/Unpretty by TLC
    11)Slide/Black Balloon/Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
    12)Steal My Sunshine by Len
    13)Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    14)Angel by Sarah McLachlan
    15)Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

    Honorable Mentions
    Angel of Mine by Monica
    Heartbreak Hotel by Whitney Houston, Faith Evens and Kelly Price
    Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here by Deborah Cox
    I’m Your Angel by Celine Dion and R. Kelly
    Fortunate by Maxwell
    What’s It Gonna Be by Busta Rhymes ft. Janet Jackson
    What It’s Like by Everlast
    Wild Wild West by Will Smith ft. Dru Hill and Kool Moe
    I Still Believe by Mariah Carey
    Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega
    She’s All I Ever Had by Ricky Martin
    Miami by Will Smith
    Hands by Jewel
    Love Like This by Faith Evans
    Ex-Factor by Ms. Lauryn Hill
    I Need to Know by Marc Anthony
    Out of My Head by Fastball
    Take Me There by Blackstreet
    Jamboree by Naughty By Nature
    Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out) by Citizen King
    When You Believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston

    Worst Hit Songs of 1999
    1)Summer Girls by LFO
    2)Give it To You by Jordan Knight
    3)Who Dat by JT Money ft. Sole
    4)Back That Azz Up by Juvenile
    5)Lullaby by Shawn Mullins
    6)That Don’t Impress Me Much by Shania Twain
    7)Bills Bills Bills by Destiny’s Child
    8)Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey with JAY-Z
    9)…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
    10)I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Mark Chesnutt

    Dishonorable Mentions
    Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer
    Every Morning by Sugar Ray
    The Hardest Thing by 98 Degrees
    Jumper by Third Eye Blind
    (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You by *NSYNC/Alabama (both versions)
    Anywhere by 112
    She’s So High by Tal Bachman
    So Anxious by Ginuwine
    Amazed by Lonestar
    Sometimes by Britney Spears
    Stay The Same by Joey McIntyre
    Satisfy You by P. Diddy and R. Kelly

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