Fourteen years is too long to wait for any sequel, especially when you’re left on a cliff hanger waiting to see the Under-Miner take over the city. As an 8-year-old with a near crippling Pixar obsession (that everyone should have), that’s just cruel. With that being said; this movie was absolutely worth the wait, they could’ve taken 20 years and I would still be satisfied with the film. Writer and director Brad Bird absolutely knocked it out of the park with an absolutely brilliantly written storyline. From action packed scenes giving off an Avengers vibe, to hysterical family drama, I had an ear to ear grin from beginning to end.
The movie is incredibly relatable, with Bob Parr’s stay at home dad deal, struggling with the turmoils of fatherhood — the most impressive superpower there is, to Dash’s struggles with math, and Violet’s angst with her crush Tony, the attention to detail was absolutely spot on. Every joke is timely and practical not to mention actually FUNNY. There’s so much lazy slapstick humor nowadays in kids movies, isn’t it time for the parents to laugh too? (Thanks Pixar, once again). The character development was beautiful showing us the kids in their adolescent stages taking on real-life challenges as well as Jack-Jack coming into his family name by showcasing his super powers.
As far as Pixar sequels go, I’m putting this right up there at the top with Toy Story 2. The script, writing, animation, and fluidity is well worth 14 years of work, which they touch on with a live action pre-movie excerpt apologizing for the wait, giving an excellent visual of how much tedious work animated movies require.
The preface video is narrated by Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Elastigirl), and Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone), and who better to bring us right back into the nostalgia that is the Incredibles to kick off the movie? It was awesome seeing even just a few clips of the time, energy, and devotion filmmakers put into their craft to try and ensure that it’s brilliant.
The addition of new characters to the movie was completely harmonious to the storyline of the first movie, introducing us to the “Deavor” siblings, voiced by Bob Odenkirk better known as Saul (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and Catherine Keener (Get Out). They animate Odenkirk as himself perfectly, as Pixar has done multiple times before with their voice actors, which was ideal as he’s one of the more animated character actors in the film industry.
The villain and antagonist, “The Screenslaver” is just the right amount of scary for any kid, and perfect for the technology-driven era we are in. Hiding behind a screen and terrorizing the city, our bad guy is best anti-hero for millennials and generation Z. This climactic criminal mastermind is presumed a male the whole film, when it’s foreshadowed early on to be Evelyn Deavor. ( Especially considering her name is a literal play on the words, “Evil Endeavor”). Catherine Keener was an outstanding adversary in “Get Out”, and displays her diverse talents in voice acting evil here.
The addition of other supers in the family’s universe is incredible (pardon the pun). The aesthetic of the group of their fellow heroes is wonderfully diverse, with unique abilities that bend every cliche of the powers most comic book fans have come to know. Pixar’s staff made us love and hate our new heroes by applying them to the dark side, which makes the plot that much thicker and eventually appeasing.
The visual effects in this movie take it to the next level as well, painting an extremely vivid sky throughout the film with red and orange hues in the sunset that are seriously breathtaking, doesn’t even look animated. Time period portrayal is phenomenally creative, seamlessly combining the late 50’s early 60’s nuclear era family while still using insanely futuristic superhero technology and very cool and modern architecture. Cinematography and animation earns a 10 out of 10. Pixar really poured every ounce of their hearts into this, leaving us with an engaging and understandable product for any age.
My ONE negative critique is the lack of the show-stealing voice of Frozone’s wife (Voiced by Kimberly Adair Clark).Anyone who’s seen the first Incredibles is most likely still infatuated by the most quotable lines in the whole movie following “Honey, WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?” She’s only given one line of dialogue, and it was very underwhelming. The only other thing I needed some more Honey in my life, is that too much to ask? I mean come on, her voice is absolutely timeless it could have been so, so funny to give her at least one more line, or at least longer dialogue (sorry, I still love you Pixar).
As an avid user of all social media, one can’t help but notice the amount of slander the Pixar digital short paired with Incredibles 2 “Bao” has been receiving. I beg to differ 100%, it’s nothing short of a masterpiece. Director and creator Domee Shi paints a metaphorical picture of the trials and tribulations of a mother with an empty nest with a son who grew up too fast and never looked back. It stresses the morals of family and never forgetting where one comes from in a very charming way. Shi is Pixar’s first female director of a digital short, and delivered on one of the most meaningful ones yet. There is no speaking in the short, which really helps enumerate the beauty of family ethics the short is showcasing. 8 minutes of a fairy tale twist about a loving mother with an absent son and her unique way of coping that reconciles itself delightfully. With the help of eloquent animation of the laborious preparation of Chinese dumplings, and woodwinds scoring the soundtrack, “Bao” is the perfect pair for the family theme that lasts through Incredibles 2.
Both projects we’re sublime pieces of art, and left me feeling just as nostalgic as the first time i saw the original. Whether you’re 8 or 68, Incredibles 2 is phenomenal, entirely worth the wait, and an outstanding trip to the theatre from start to finish.