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The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird

Stars: Craig Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener.

Synopsis: It picks up directly after the first film as the Incredibles continue to be brought back into the limelight.

 

14 years of waiting

The Incredibles came out when I was 7 years old and it was a seminal film for me growing up. I always dreamt of a sequel so to be finally getting one after 14 years of waiting was pretty exciting.

The Incredibles Family

What sets The Incredibles apart from all the other mainstream superhero franchises is that this is a family of superheroes. This adds a unique dynamic to it. This dynamic is further explored in this film and to great effect. In particular the stuff with Bob trying to look after the kids whilst Helen is away. This is some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a Pixar film. It feels more like an episode of the Simpsons with superpowers thrown into the mix than an actual superhero film. The character of Jack-Jack in particular has some great moments. You can tell the filmmakers had fun with his character in terms of exploring what he can do. It really brings up some hilarious imagery.

Speaking of imagery, some of the shots in this film where really nice looking. For me to notice that is an achievement because I never really thought about animated cinematography before. Some of the shots during the darker hours in the moody city with Helen flying struck a really interesting tone.

The Incredibles’ Powers

One of the best things about The Incredibles is that the filmmakers know how to utilise the powers of the characters in fun ways. In this film many characters discover ways to use their powers which I thought were clever and created some really cool moments. This includes Violet using her force fields in a unique way. There is also a brilliant sequence where Helen chases a runaway train. Her stretch powers which were so visually satisfying in the first film were given a new dynamic. This was done with the addition of a motorbike which caters to her powers. This makes for the best action sequence of the film.

Criticism

In terms of problems I have with the film. The plot itself isn’t anything amazing. The new characters introduced never really interested me. The new superheroes had some cool powers but none of them stood out to me as being interesting character wise. In terms of the villain, I can’t say they intrigued me much at all. The reveal about the villain was really obvious and I was pretty much certain what it was way before it was revealed. If you are familiar with the trope about villains in recent Disney animated films then you’ll know what happens.

Some might say that this film feels incidental. Like this story did not feel important nor did it need to be told. I think that although it may well feel light at times, there is nothing wrong with that. This film is quite simply immense entertainment and that’s exactly what it should be. I was more than happy to forget about the uninteresting plot and just enjoy spending time with these characters again who all shine.

 

Pulse Rating: 8/10

JM

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