+ Recommended – PG, Animated, Adventure
Well, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen our favorite super family on the big screen. Fourteen years to be exact, and yet when you’re sitting in those seats waiting for their theme song to cue up, it feels like barely any time at all has passed. Therein lies the draw of this movie. With insane box office numbers (set to break Pixar’s record with a sky-high 152 million dollars), people are coming in hordes to see Incredibles 2, and I have to admit, I was actually disappointed.
I’ve been looking forward to this movie like most other millenials, and that’s probably part of the problem. The first film has now been almost memorialised in my mind and I was expecting this sequel to be able to live up to that if not exceed it. Unfortunately, it could not rise to those kind of heights. Which is not to say that this is not a good movie, I enjoyed the hour and 58 minutes in that theatre, with the best scenes featuring Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) and Edna Mode (Brad Bird). This second installment focuses on the Parr family fighting two different kinds of evil. The first being our main villain, Screenslaver (Bill Wise), and the second being the laws that forced our heroes into hiding under threat of imprisonment for having powers. This film puts Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) into the role of main parent while Elastigirl/Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) moves into the spotlight as she becomes an example for the good that superheroes can do for the public.
This storyline by itself had the opportunity to really work, but this movie tried to take into account that the older generations would want to see it just as much as the younger and so we have a super-imposed message of women can do it just as well if not better than men over all of Elastigirl’s feats and it becomes tiring very quickly. We as an audience know that all of these heroes can kick some serious ass, so why does this become a lesson? I know this is at the heart a kids’ movie, but why did everything need to be so obvious? All of the twists and turns were easily foreseen, especially by the vocal six year old girl next to me who was whispering her predictions to her family and was right about every single one. This movie abandons the amazing trend of animated movies being able to portray deeper emotions than live-action films and everything becomes as you see it, shallow emotions and plot devices abound here.
That’s not to say that you cant find positives from this movie. Like I said, the scenes that are Jack-Jack centric are both hilarious and heart-warming. Incredibles 2 brings us back to the Parr family discovering that Jack-Jack has powers, since even though his super side was revealed in The Incredibles, his parents and older siblings never got to actually see those same powers manifest. His showoff with the raccoon is a scene that can not be missed.
Overall, this movie is cute. I enjoy the animation style and the soundtrack was what it needed to be. The real winner here, though, is the short that plays before the start of the film, Bao. It had both Jared and I turning to each other with tears in our eyes. If you’re going to see Incredibles 2 this weekend, make sure that you show up early enough to catch the agressively adorable short before it.