The Incredibles 2 is by far one of the most anticipated movies of all time for anyone between the ages of 18-28 who dragged their families to see the first film. The movie our generation has been clamoring for since the end of the first is finally here, and it lives up to the hype!
Incredibles 2 continues the story of the Parrs, your average middle class family in what feels like the 1960’s, and that is the beauty of it all, not that they are just a super powered family but the fact that, at their core, they are just like every other family, dealing with the same issues that all families go through. It was a true pleasure seeing this movie with my family because when seeing the Parr’s struggle and argue, I could look over to my own family and reminisce on the times we have been in almost the exact same boat. Even though it took 14 years to get the sequel, the story does pick up right after the first one, in a very natural storyline that creates a nice flowing story arc throughout both of the incredible adventures. The Sequel’s story fortunately doesn’t revolve around nostalgia, but instead builds upon the lore, and in my opinion doesn’t outdo it’s predecessor, instead it stays on PARR.
The retro aesthetic of Incredibles 2 simply cannot be beat; whether it is the score, the visuals or the cinematography. The film score keeps in line with the first one with that old timey feel, akin to more of an Adam West’s Batman which makes for entertaining action and just an overall fun time. The animators KNOCKED this one out of the park, visually this is one of the best looking animated movies to date. You can see every minor detail on each character, beads of sweat, every individual hair and it is honestly incredible. The lighting and cinematography make for some awesome scenes, particularly in the intense night chase scenes, somehow blending an old superhero cartoon reel with the modern superhero action in a beautiful way.
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl continue to battle with the moral dilemma of wanting to save people and be the heroes they are, even if it’s still illegal. The story flips the expectation that Mr. Incredible is the biggest hero in the house by following instead Elastigirl as the “breadwinner superhero,” putting Bob in an interesting position. While he’s being the hero at the house, they can showcase how awesome Elastigirl actually is! Dash and Violet are there, and have their moments but were not as developed as their super powered parents or their baby brother, who frankly steals the show. Jack Jack is downright hysterical, could honestly watch a whole movie of him and he keeps your eyes glued to the screen the whole time he is on it.
Being that this was a family movie, I thought I would do a family review, so I brought the family along with me to the screening to get their opinions on the sequel. Unfortunately, my mom could not make it, so we aren’t going to be giving her opinion, which is unfortunate because this movie really is about how special moms really are. We all loved how it balanced humor for the whole family and brought back that childhood nostalgia, without beating you over the head with it. My two little sisters, aged 17 and 13 loved how it really represented a normal family (specifically a normal teenage girl), minus the super powers, how lovable the characters were and how it shows how hard a moms job really is. My dad found Mr. Incredible extremely relatable, especially having raised 3 kids too, especially loved how Bob had to deal with Jack Jack and how hard raising a baby really was. He also loved how smooth the transition was from the first to the second and the nostalgia that came from taking his kids to both.
Incredibles 2 is a visually stunning, adorable trip down memory lane that adds to the incredible lore that started 14 years ago. We cannot wait to see where Pixar takes the Parr family next, hopefully it doesn’t take another 14 years. 9.5/10
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Incredibles 2 hits theaters June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 – “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 transition for every one, 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.