A family of superheroes returns in Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 from director Brad Bird. Picking up immediately after the cliffhanger ending of 2004’s The Incredibles, the sequel opens up with a fantastic action sequence where the Parr family works together to take down a villain. After a fourteen-year wait, it was refreshing to see the sequel not do a time jump. I hold the characters in high regard and would’ve felt cheated had there been a jump.
Instead of rehashing the plot of the first film Incredibles 2, finds Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) pushed to the forefront as the family’s main hero. The first film showed us a superhero family trying to reconcile its gifts with a society that rules against them as superheroes, as they view the heroes as adding to the troubles. Elastigirl is recruited by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) to help restore the good name of superheroes in the public eye.
Elastigirl also has to take on a strange villain called The Screenslaver, who can hypnotize anyone who happens to watch a television screen. Along the way, Elastigirl meets other superheroes who have been in hiding and starts a friendship with Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Kenner). Since Elastigirl is on a mission, Mr. Incredible a.k.a. Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) is left to care for Jack-Jack and the rest of the family.
One of the highlights of the film was seeing Bob’s relationship with his kids, while Mom is away. Brad Bird’s script truly humanizes Bob and shows him as a loving but out of touch father first and a hero second. There’s a great moment in the film when Bob is attempting to help his son Dash (Huck Milner) with his math homework. The banter between Dash and Bob reminded me of my struggles with teaching my son new styles of math. Another highlight for me involved Bob trying to understand Violet (Sarah Vowell) as she begins to discover boys.
However, my favorite character of the film has to be Jack-Jack Parr (Eli Fucile). Known as the baby of the family, Jack-Jack is a joy to watch whenever he’s on screen as he steals the scene. Jack-Jack big moments where he uses his super powers to fight a raccoon is not only worth the price of admission alone but currently one of my favorite summer movie moments. I also enjoyed Bob’s realization that his baby has superpowers and his attempts to control the super-powered baby.
I do have two small gripes about Incredibles 2. The first being the reveal of the big bad; five minutes into the introduction of a specific character, I knew right away that this character would be the villain. My second gripe would be the under usage of Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Edna Mode (Brad Bird), two of my favorite characters from the first film.
Nevertheless Incredibles 2 is a fun sequel. For a sequel to be successful, a director can’t lose the elements of what made the first film fun. Not only does Incredibles 2 keep these elements, but it also adds to them and creates additional storylines for future installments. I highly recommend checking out Incredibles 2, as it’s the most fun you’ll have this summer movie season.
Final Grade A