Thanks to Disney Australia we had the chance to see Brad Bird’s, Incredibles 2. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!
When it was released in 2004, The Incredibles was hailed for its original characters, clever dialogue and exciting story. With its ability to capture both the thrill of superheroes in action and the mundanity of family life, The Incredibles became a quick favourite among audiences of all ages. Understandably the announcement of a sequel was met with much excitement and anticipation. But after fourteen years, and a slog of superhero movies released in that time, could Incredibles 2 live up to expectations?
Incredibles 2 starts right where the first film finished off. The Super Relocation Program is being shut down and Bob Parr AKA “Mr Incredible”, Helen AKA “Elastigirl”, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack again face a life in permanent hiding. That is until they meet Winston and Evelyn Deavon, brother and sister billionaires campaigning to legalise superheroes once more, just as a new villain emerges: The Screenslaver.
Right from the start the movie pulls you into the story and keeps you there. The consistency between the two films is seamless. Everything from its dialogue, retro-futuristic style, storytelling and character development flows on so well it’s easy to forget the fourteen year gap.
The main plot brings both impressive action and curious intrigue. Within a few minutes you have a general idea of where the story is going but that’s not to say it’s predictable. Thanks to the quality of the writing there are still a few surprises to keep you hooked. With Elastigirl now at the centre and new characters introduced, there is a fresh dynamic that prevents the story from retreading old ground. The film poses questions of public perceptions and their curation but the aforementioned quality writing prevents it from being heavy-handed or preachy.
As in the first film, Incredibles 2 does have a tendency to fall back on tropes when dealing with the family oriented B-plot (hapless father, sulky teen) but the Parr family are characters portrayed with much heart and realism which thankfully saves it from falling into clichéed territory.
The wittiness of the first Incredibles movie didn’t include much in the way of humour or laughs (the oft quoted “Where’s my supersuit?” scene being a notable exception) so it was a pleasantly surprise to hear the audience roaring with laughter for multiple scenes.
Though not at all related to the plot or the film’s quality, it’s extremely important to mention that there is some very heavy use of strobing effects in some scenes. I advise anyone who experiences medical conditions such as epilepsy or other sensory processing issues to exercise caution if they plan on seeing this one on the big screen.
Overall, Incredibles 2 more than lives up to expectations. Its ability to stand out in a sea of superhero movies is impressive and that’s thanks to its high quality writing, characters, humour and plot. If you loved the first movie you should definitely see Incredibles 2.
Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into cinemas on June 14, 2018.