Review: Incredibles 2

We’ve been having a bit of a spell recently of sequels coming out YEARS after the original. Some have been well worth the wait (‘Blade Runner 2049’). Others haven’t (‘Independence Day: Resurgence’). ‘The Incredibles’ was a film my generation grew up with so I had a lot of faith riding on this to not let me down. 14 years later and this 21 year old can happily say it was well, well worth the wait.

The film picks up immediately from the last one, finally letting us have an answer to the longest cliffhanger of all time and within seconds, I breathed a sigh of relief as I knew the film was being handled correctly. From the banter between the family, all the way to the huge set piece that was unfolding in front of me, the film was being treated with the respect the fans wanted and deserved.

…within seconds, I breathed a sigh of relief as I knew the film was being handled correctly.

The story this time is around follows Winston Deavor (Bob Ondekirk) and his sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) wanting to make superheroes legal again, and they think Elasticgirl (Holly Hunter) is the best bet. This leaves Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) to become a stay at home parent. It’s entirely refreshing to see Elasticgirl take the lead and while some think it’s got a hidden message to do with gender politics, it really doesn’t; ‘Incredibles 2’ is simply a feminist movie, and it’s all the better for it. Film companies claim they’re all for diversity and gender equality, but Disney are actively doing it with their biggest releases (‘Coco’) and they’ve been some of the best films they’ve made for a long time.

‘Incredibles 2’ is simply a feminist movie, and it’s all the better for it.

Every member of the Parr family get their moments in the spotlight. In fact there’s an argument to be made that any of them could be your second favourite character of the film. Why only second? Because Jack-Jack steals the entire show. His powers that became active at the end of the last film are explored a lot more this time around and we get a number of belly aching comedy scenes involving the baby. He’s adorable, he’s hilarious, and he’s defianlty the highlight of the film.

Jack-Jack steals the entire show…we get a number of belly aching comedy scenes involving the baby.

Obviously, with this being a superhero film, there’s a villain lurking about and he’s called The Screenslaver. This is possibly the only weak link within an otherwise awesome film. It becomes a tad predictable where the plot is heading when he’s involved and compared to Syndrome, he’s definitely a lot more forgettable. It’s a shame as it stops the film from being as good, or possibly better, than its predecessor. However, as I already said, it’s definitely the only issue I really had with the film.

It’s a shame as (the villain) stops the film from being as good, or possibly better, than its predecessor.

Back to its many strengths now, and I want to praise how the film handled its call backs to the original. Yes, there are plenty in there, but the majority as background easter eggs which are a lot less distracting than relying on them for the narrative and lets this film stand on its own two feet. Obviously with this being a Disney film, the animation is top notch. The set pieces in particular show off their capabilities to make the most out of each superpower.

It manages to capture the same feeling the original did years ago and flows naturally, standing proudly as its own film.

‘Incredibles 2’ is so superb that I wouldn’t have minded waiting a further 14 years for it. It manages to capture the same feeling the original did years ago and flows naturally, standing proudly as its own film. I recently ranked my top films of the year so far and two brillaint animations made the list (‘Coco’ and ‘The Breadwinner’). This is just another sign that animation has never been as strong as it is now. We really are in a golden age of it. Well done Brad Bird and company for making this film absolutely incredible, (had to be said at least once) I can’t wait to see it again.

9/10

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