Dir: Brad Bird. Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson. PG. Color. 118 min.
It’s time to get Incredible again. Disney brings us a new adventure with the first family of animated superheroes. Pixar spared no expense to bring us this sequel. Does it compare to the 2004 original? Not even a little bit. But don’t worry mom and dad, kids will still love it.
All of the characters we have come to know and love are back. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are still trying to balance out the life of a superhero and a parent. Their children, Violet and Dash, continue to grow into heroes themselves. The baby Jack-Jack seems to be far more powerful than anyone else in the family. And on top of it all, due to government suppression, “Supers” are still illegal. So if anybody asks, The Incredibles are just your normal everyday family.
Enter Elastigirl. She is seen by the government as the best option to represent “Supers”, becoming the face of the franchise. Mr. Incredible is left at home to raise the kids, turning him into Mr. Mom. He has to deal with things like teenage angst, childhood frustration, and a toddler who is still trying to figure out his own abilities. Oh the horror! Facing bad guys on the street is far easier than raising kids. This is the best and most interesting aspect of “Incredibles 2.“
Bad guy ScreenSlaver suddenly comes in and ruins the party. This villain’s plan is to hypnotize the world and make “Supers” useless. Good luck with Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, and the rest of the family coming for you. Any bad guy trying to go up against The Incredibles is probably doomed.
“Incredibles 2” is not a bad movie by any sense of the word. However, for Pixar standards, its just ok. A friend of mine and fellow film lover said it best. “Maybe you shouldn’t wait fifteen years to make a sequel.” The original was fresh and beloved at the time it came out. This new edition to the series is not.
Do you remember how much you felt like crying because of how moving the ending of “Toy Story 3” was? I know I did. Does anyone remember a single thing that happened in the “Cars” sequels? Yeah, me neither. “Incredibles 2” falls right in between those.
I compare this to the first “Shrek”. That was a fun stab at classic Disney movies. Then the sequels became what the original was poking fun at. Almost as if the original ride would have been laughing at the later films that came along in the franchises history. “The Incredibles” made jokes of the superhero genre without disrespecting it. In this new edition, it becomes part of the fold.
Suck Factor: 3 out of 7 (7 means your movie really SUCKS!)
Written by Byrd
The SUCK FACTOR, how it works. We have flipped the rating system upside down. If a film is classic, it gets a 0. Meaning that movie has 0 SUCKS. If a film is complete trash you must avoid at all costs, it gets a 7, meaning this movie really SUCKS!