Saturday, December 22, 2018

Incredibles 2 - Movie Review

The Movie: Incredibles 2

The Director: Brad Bird

The Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini, Jonathan Banks, Barry Bostwick,

The Story: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

The Review:
Pixar is good at making movies. The Incredibles is one of their best. The sequel came with a ton of expectation and I feel like the fine folks at Pixar took that challenge head on and came out with a movie that is just as fun and nearly as entertaining as the original. It's always hard to recapture the magic of a movie that raises the bar and changes the game in so many ways so I was ready to give this movie a soft cushion to land on. After my first viewing, I was very impressed as the story has the same energy and tempo as it's predecessor if not kicked up to an even higher level as before.

One of the benefits of a sequel is not having to spend half the movie introducing all the characters and director Brad Bird takes full advantage of that time by jumping into the action right away. From the get go, this story is non stop and the film is filled with the patented Pixar mind blowing visuals we have come to expect. I like how Helen aka Elastigirl is given the spotlight while Bob aka Mr. Incredible is tasked with being a stay at home dad which of course leads to all kinds of fun scenarios on both sides of that coin. Most of the humor comes from Bob's interaction with their infant son Jack-Jack who is discovering some newfound powers of his own.

Everything I wanted to see from this movie was there including appearances from Frozone and Edna Mode who are once again voiced by Samuel L Jackson and Brad Bird respectively and a new villain that was able to challenge the heroes in very interesting and original ways. There's also a new crop of would be super heroes who could be implemented in future installments of the franchise if we are fortunate enough to see such a thing. Having to wait fourteen years for this movie was way too long but at least Pixar used that time make sure they got things right.

The Verdict:
The Incredibles 2 is a worthy successor to a movie that most would agree is one of Pixar's best. The animation is top notch, the story moves everything forward in fun and exciting ways, and I really hope Brad Bird is able to revisit this super powered family again in the not so distant future.

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