Incredibles 2 Movie Review

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Did Brad Bird & Crew Deliver On The 14-Year Wait?

Did Brad Bird & Crew Deliver On The 14-Year Wait?

Making a sequel to a hit movie is tough enough, but making a sequel to a hit film fourteen years later is extremely difficult. By waiting over a decade, the hype has built to a fever pitch and the entire generation of kids that saw the original in theaters, now have kids of their own. This is both brilliant and daunting as the fanbase will no doubt come back for more, but if it's not better, or at least as good as the original, it'll be deemed a failure. Fortunately, writer/director Brad Bird has cooked up a story that's meaningful, emotional, and most of all fun. This is a worthy sequel and one that expands on the world he built in the first movie and goes deeper into each character, developing their relationships further, and making an action/comedy superhero film which is perfect for the entire family. 

The story picks up right where the last movie left off as we find the family battling The Underminer. It's a thrilling and intense sequence filled with humor and spectacle setting the signature tone of the franchise making this is another family dramedy wrapped in an action-packed superhero movie. The rest of the story has a wealthy tycoon and his tech-savy sister trying to make Supers legal again, but by making Elastigirl the face of their PR plan, Mr. Incredible is left at home to watch their three children. On their quest, our heroes are constantly thwarted by the creepy Screenslaver who uses the screens all around us to turn our minds to a hypnotic state of servitude. The film doesn't beat you over the head with it's message of technological enslavement, but it makes it's cautionary statement very effectively.

This voice cast might be one of the best ever assembled as each actor gives it their all in each of these fantastic roles. Holly Hunter is the star of the show this time and she handles the superheroics of Elastigirl and worried-off-duty-Mom balancing act very well. Meanwhile, as Bob Parr, Craig T. Nelson gives a hilarious performance as the action-craving superhero and the in-over-his-head-Dad dealing with Dash's complicated homework, Violet's boy problems, and Jack-Jack's newfound powers. Returning favorites like Sarah Powell as Violet, Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone, and Brad Bird's own Edna Mode get more fun stuff to do this time around, and Huck Milner replaces Spencer Fox as Dash, maintaining the speedster's quick wit, devilish sense of fun, and charm. They all make us feel like we're watching a real family having real discussions, ensuring audiences that these are the most relatable superhero movies ever made. New characters like powerful fangirl Voyd played by Sophia Bush, Bob Odinkirk as Super superfan Winston Deavor, and Catherine Keener as tech-genius Evelyn Deavor are each played wonderfully by the new cast, and every voice talent in the movie each give their character plenty of emotional resonance and excellent line delivery.

Doing what every good sequel does, Incredibles 2 takes the action to the next level. There are some astonishing set pieces in this film which outdo the original in every way, and any Pixar movie, in both scale and scope. There are some frantic chase sequences, amazing battles, and the script finds some unique and interesting ways for each of these Supers to use their powers and work together to beat the bad guys and save the day. The animators have changed the game with the life-like look of this highly stylized world, and their use of lighting is unlike anything I've seen in an animated film before. It's simply stunning to behold this vibrant world the animators have created and the team at Pixar continues to prove why they're the best there is at what they do.

Composer Michael Giacchino has composed his best score yet with this film. His music adds layers, depth, and so much emotion to each and every scene. The action beats have you on the edge of your seat, not just because of the visuals, but because of the music that accompanies them. His music is haunting at times, thrilling at others, but also adds to the laughs and dramatic tension and weight of the story, making it an awesome achievement by one of the best composers working today. Incredibles 2 is a fun-filled adventure with plenty of humor, lots of great action, and an emotional, family-centered story. This is one of the best Pixar sequels and a worthy successor to the original masterpiece. It's my favorite film of the year so far and I give it a 9.5 out of 10.

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible. Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.

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