Well here’s a film that took it’s time getting to us. Incredibles 2 comes out some 14 years after the original, but boy is it worth the wait. Brad Bird returns to the franchise, after taking some time to direct Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Tomorrowland. So does the cast of Craig T. Nelson (Poltergeist, Coach) as the voice of Bob Parr, Holly Hunter (The Piano, The Big Sick) as Helen Parr, Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) as Frozone and newcomers to the franchise Catherine Keener (Get Out, Being John Malkovich) and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, The Post) as the Deavor siblings.
Incredibles 2 picks up directly after the first film, with Superheroes still technically outlawed, but the Deavor siblings looking to change that with the help of the Incredibles, more specifically, Mrs Incredible. This film manages to pull off a miraculous balance between feeling like we’ve come straight out of the first and never missed a beat, whilst also taking into account 14 years’ worth of audience immersion in the superhero genre, and bringing that knowledge to the table. That’s no easy feat, having one foot in the past and one in the present. Furthermore, in a year that is inundated with second-instalment sequels (Deadpool 2, Ant-Man & The Wasp, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Sicario: Day of the Soldado), “living up to the first” is going to be something that is going to be very much a point of discussion. I am proud to report that Incredibles 2, definitely lives up to the first.
The Incredibles, the first film, was one of Pixar’s most praised films at the time of its release. Which, for a studio now boasting 16/18 films certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, that’s no small feat. It had a unique 60s-era-futurism-meets-bond style, whilst blending a fun, family-friendly, action comedy with superheroes – before the MCU made it cool. The Incredibles is the Fantastic Four movie that we never got. That movie never fails to take me straight back to my childhood, and Incredibles 2 did just that.
If you’ve seen any trailers, you know that Elastagirl (Mrs Incredible) has her own adventure in the works this time, and Mr Incredible gets to stay at home and look after the kids, including the now very-super (and very-cute) Jack Jack. Incredibles 2 is almost as close to perfect as a sequel can get, in the sense that it almost doesn’t even feel like a separate movie. It flows so well from one movie to the other that it’s hard to believe they weren’t just planned this way. Where Bob took the spotlight in the first film, now Helen is at the foreground in this one. In fact, what I really want is a whole bunch more of The Incredibles, maybe with some time jumps, where we get to watch this family grow up. What are the in-laws like? What happens when Dash and Violet go to college? How does Jack Jack handle going to school, and what’s Bob and Helen going to do with all that time once the kids are all gone? Honestly, I want a good five to six Incredibles films. I want a Pixar saga of Incredibles films, and if Toy Story can have a fourth in the works, and Cars can be on their third – I see no reason why this shouldn’t happen.
Some of the most underrated aspects of this franchise is how well choreographed the action scenes are. I know I’m watching an animated film, I know everything is going to be fine, but the stakes and tension building in some of these scenes (particularly with a train sequence near the start of the film), I’m just sitting there watching and thinking to myself “how are they going to pull this off?” The visuals have come really far as well, and are noticeable in the smaller details such as the hair and the lighting. Michael Giacchino’s score is just a sumptuous and fun as the first, as well as the design elements. There is one hella-cool, Bond-villain, style mansion that is just jaw-dropping for people who like that sort of thing, but at the same time, the movie very much plays with that cliché.
The only real negatives that I could find were in a way, necessary in their own right. Yes, the villain and reveal is somewhat predictable, but there’s only so many characters in the movie, and to be honest, it is a kid’s movie. You could also argue that the first film felt very new and fresh and different and played with ideas that we hadn’t penetrated the zeitgeist quite like the superhero tropes had over the last decade or so. So if the themes feel in any way like we’re re-treading ground that’s already been covered, I wouldn’t say it’s the fault of the movie, more so the landscape of film at the moment.
Overall, I would say Incredibles 2 is a spectacularly realised sequel that only leaves me craving more. My faults are few and far between, and there’s just too much fun not to run out and watch it now. Watch the first one, and then go straight to the cinemas. Then come home, watch the first one again, and spend the next week listening to the soundtrack. Do it, this movie deserves all of your money, and it will most certainly get it. Oh, and Edna Mode is still the MVP. For me at least.
Incredibles 2 hit Australian cinemas on June 14. I’m thanking my lucky stars they didn’t push it till July for the school holidays like they did with The Lego Batman Movie, so get on that as soon as you can!
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