If 14 years is the perfect cooking time for a sequel, then I can forgive Brad Bird.
In a world where we get sequels for films every other year, it was going to be hard to contain the audience’s growing NEED for an Incredibles sequel.
Released in 2004, the first film flipped the superhero genre on its head by delivering an ensemble cast that completely came to life in an animated world of supers.
Comparisons to other lackluster superhero films at the time saw The Incredibles reign as the go-to example of superheroics, and it now returns to go up against a certain cinematic universe.
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life.
It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
No, we don’t need to put Pixar and Marvel up against each other; They produce drastically different stories.
That and Pixar would win, but I digress.
With a narrative flip comparable to the flexibility of ElastiGirl, Incredibles 2 takes the story told in the first and makes it pull a U-ey.
After Bob’s law-breaking ways constantly jeopardized the family in The Incredibles, Helen is tasked by a multi-billion dollar corporation to do just that to show the world that hey! It needs supers.
As Bob takes on the role of stay-at-home Dad, we experience a journey that stealthily informs us of the heroism of mothers and fathers, while telling a story about heroes. This all-the-while as baby Jack-Jack provides scene after scene of hilarious, cute “just super-baby things”.
You’d think that the simple art-style wouldn’t leap and bound as much as it does, but HOO-BOY Incredibles 2 is pretty.
Tighter facial animations, shadowing and minute detailing brings to life the already beloved family in even more incredible ways, and WATER EFFECTS! Those goddamn water effects are how you can tell that Pixar are truly ahead of the curve.
Introducing an array of new characters, who I wouldn’t be surprised spin off into their own movies, Bird delivers a dynamic tale of ‘family first’ once again, which touches the heights he’s well known for (ed. I mean…The Iron Giant and The Incredibles are just…c’mon…), sending the Incredibles soaring towards a sequel which feels closer than the last.
And if doesn’t come any time soon, the Incredibles 2 will easily tide us over until then.
Yah, I'm hella biased, but the Incredibles 2 is everything I needed from the Parrs. Another fun outing of INCREDIBLE proportion, I would not be surprised to see this on top 10 lists for the year's best films.