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.
What We Thought:
Incredibles 2 is a sequel for the fans. For years fans of The Incredibles have been begging for more movies yet Disney/Pixar gave the world a third Cars movie. Well now the film fans wanted is here and they should thoroughly enjoy it.
I’m not the biggest Disney/Pixar fan. In fact, it’s been years since I really liked one. Coco was very formulaic to me. Inside Out drove me insane with the girl character. Cars 3 no one really wanted. The Good Dinosaur was beautiful to look at, not much of a story though. Finding Dory was fun so I guess there’s that. I liked Incredibles 2, it made me laugh at times and has some great action sequences. It has some problems of course and I’ll go over those first.
I think the biggest issue is I’m not sure what age group the movie is for. There is a scene where Elastigirl fights the bad guy and it’s dark and kind of scary for a younger audience. The reasons for the bad guy wanting to do what he does are concepts that will go over a young person’s head. Adults will understand being slaves to a screen, but do 7 year olds want that in a movie?
My biggest complaint is there isn’t enough of the family fighting together. The best part of the first movie is when the family become The Incredibles on the island and fight together. Each character gets to use their powers and go back to the mainland to defeat the bad guy. This films opens with them fighting together and closes that way as well (which is a fantastic superhero sequence), but the middle is slow at times. We get more Jack-Jack as Mr. Incredible learns of his son’s powers, but we get a lot less Dash in this. Violet goes through some teen love story stuff which reminded me of Inside Out and I just didn’t care. It felt so out of place and unnecessary.
But when the film works, it really works. There is a hilarious joke about math with Mr. Incredible and Dash. Edna returns and is funny. Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone seems to get more screen time. There is a great scene with Frozone and Mr. Incredible and the other 2 kids when Jack-Jack is learning more of his powers. The film is colorful, fast paced (besides some of the middle) and again, that ending action sequence is pretty amazing. It’s not a flawless film, but it’s definitely a crowd pleaser.
Incredibles 2 is tracking to have one of the biggest opening weekends for Disney/Pixar. Fans desperately wanted this sequel and overall I can say they delivered. Kids that saw the original who are now adults will still love it. It’s a good family movie and I expect a third film especially if Cars got one!
Cast & Crew:
- Craig T. Nelson
- Holly Hunter
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Brad Bird
- Bob Odenkirk
- Catherine Keener
- Jonathan Banks
- Sophia Bush
- Isabella Rossellini
Recommended If You Like:
- The Incredibles
- Disney/Pixar Films