The Incredibles 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2004 classic animated film. Pixar has been bringing the big guns with sequels to their most successful movies. The first Incredibles movie was a major success that was a fresh take on superheroes at the time. The Incredibles 2 retains the refreshing feel of the original and takes it to a new level.
The Incredibles 2 takes off exactly where the first movie ended with an action-packed battle with the Underminer. The opening scene was excellent and sets the tone for the rest of the film. It has a great balance of tension, action, humour, and drizzled with a little bit of Pixar charm. This fantastic sequence leads into the driving force of the plot. The Incredibles family (mostly Mr. Incredible) want to make superheroes legal again. With the help of Devtech Corporation, the superhero family alongside Frozone start advocating the benefits of legalizing supers.
The Incredibles 2 feels similar to the original at first. However, this feeling doesn’t last for long as the story begins to take on a different direction that makes it feel like a fresh experience. The movie manages to strike a perfect balance between the two major themes. On one hand, it shows the difficulty of raising a superhero family. These people may be powerful, but they experience the same problems we do. Parenting is still hard and school is still a war zone of algebra and awkwardness.
Conversely, these superheroes must also deal with the reality of their world. Supers are illegal and looked down upon in society. They are shown to be more dangerous than they are beneficial. Challenging a radical perspective isn’t an easy task and The Parr family has their work cut out for them. Both of these themes create a compelling and engaging story.
The Incredibles 2 continues the development of the core family members. They are given roughly equal screen time and focus throughout the film. They face new problems, and have to find ways to tackle them. For example, Bob (Mr. Incredible) must take a more active role as a parent in this film. It adds a brand new dynamic to the character who had previously been a working Dad. It’s a new challenge for a familiar character which makes the movie feel new despite being a sequel.
Of course, someone had to get the short end of the stick. Dash doesn’t seem to receive any special character moments to proceed the growth of his character. But don’t worry, he is the only one that misses out. Seriously, Jack-Jack the baby has more character this time around.
As with the first movie, the core cast steals the show and makes this film work. The chemistry they have is a joy to watch. For The Incredibles, a family outing involves fighting crime and saving the city. And yet, it still feels relatable and easy for the audience to connect. Pixar has made super-powered beings behave like the average family and it is glorious.
The villain makes up a huge part of any good superhero movie. In some cases they are so good, the villain becomes the star of the show. The villain of The Incredibles 2 (The Screen Slaver) isn’t that great, but also not a terrible attempt. The main problem is how predictable the villain’s identity is. Most of you will figure it out before the big reveal. It’s clear they wanted to keep the villain a secret but it wasn’t executed properly. If they managed to keep the mystery, the final reveal would have a bigger impact. Think back to Syndrome from the first film. That was a better reveal that carried some weight with it.
As far as the animation of this film, there is honestly not much to say. It’s freaking Pixar! Of course the visuals look fantastic and is easily the best on the market of CGI films. At this point, it’s not even a surprise anymore. Pixar is outstanding at delivering gorgeous animation and The Incredibles 2 is one of their best. The amount of attention to detail is mind-blowing. Every character model has so much care put into it including their facial expressions, the material on the clothing; all of it is fantastic. The movie is worth the price of admission from the visual spectacle alone. Watch this at the cinemas if you can, you won’t regret it.
Sound design is stellar as well. The soundtrack has a strong superhero vibe to it with a few remixed tracks from the first movie (including the main theme of The Incredibles). The music never feels out of place of or lacking in emotion. Voice acting is great but once again, that’s to be expected from a company that delivers high production value. All you need to know is that the audio-visual aspects of The Incredibles 2 is amazing and there is nothing negative about it.
The Incredible 2 lives up to any expectations you might have about a sequel. It maintains the heart and charm of the original film while bringing new ideas to the table. In other words, it’s a perfect sequel. As an antagonist, The Screen Slaver isn’t as compelling as Syndrome but is still a competent opponent for The Incredibles. Pixar has brought their A-game to this project and it really shows in the final product. The Incredibles 2 is a must watch if you enjoyed the first film, and gets a solid recommendation if you’re new to the series. Seriously though, watch this movie.