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Jul-31-2018

Reel Snippet – The Incredibles 2

Summary: It’s been fourteen years, but the Incredibles are back! Actually, this movie picks up right where the last one left off. After a superpowered battle in the middle of the city, a wide-eyed businessman named Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his inventor sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) approach Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Helen Hunt), and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) with a lucrative proposal — perform acts of heroism to help restore superhero crime fighting’s legality. However, they want Elastigirl to be the first super to go public again, wounding the ego of Mr. Incredible, who happens to be her husband. So while she works, it falls to him to help their young son Dash (Huck Milner) with his homework, their teenage daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) with boy troubles, and their infant son Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) with his ever-increasing amount of superpowers. But it’s no picnic for Elastigirl either, as a new menace called the Screenslaver has appeared on the scene and with the ability to hypnotize anyone through screens, there’s much chaos Screenslaver can sow. At times like these, it takes a family to save the world.

Review: The Incredibles 2 is more of the same from the first Incredibles movie, which is good because The Incredibles was great. It’s fun to see the Parr family again and their hijinks are no less enjoyable and hilarious. Of course, more of the same also means that the plot follows a lot of the same beats, just with the gender roles reversed (this time, Elastigirl is doing the breadwinning heroics while Mr. Incredible is home taking care of the family). However, this actually works to the film’s benefit.

For one thing, there’s the female empowerment angle, which is always welcome. The film really captures the excitement of Elastigirl finally getting her big chance in a man’s world. But the film also captures a unique perspective in Mr. Incredible: that of a white male in an increasingly progressive world. Not everyone recognizes the privilege they’ve had most of their lives and so it’s easy for them to feel… lost. The best part is that the movie treats both sides as equally valid and neither party as being bad for feeling what they do, something that I feel gets lost in a lot of the more ambiguous debates.

If you were a fan of the first movie, you’ll love how creative and expansive they get with the world, adding new supers with creative powers and expanding on existing characters’ personalities and abilities. It’s amazing — dare I say, incredible — all the powers they come up with for tiny Jack-Jack and all the hijinks that ensue from them. Other supers that spring to mind are the adorable Voyd (Sophia Bush) who thinks with portals as the youngsters say, Screech who is practically a human owl (and a near lawsuit level of similar to a Miraculous Ladybug character), and Reflux (Paul Eiding) who is… interesting yet awesome. Add to that the idea of supers operating in other countries and you’ve got amazing potential for an expanded universe or at least a bunch of fanfictions.

Oh yeah, and there’s a twist villain too. Disney’s becoming a bit too reliant on this and while this isn’t a bad example, I’m ready for Disney to change things up a bit. You’ll probably guess who it is when watching, but I’ll give credit that they threw in a red herring or two. To me, the real surprise came from the language in the movie, which may be the strongest language in a Pixar film to date. There’s at least one “damn,” “hell,” and “crap” uttered in the movie, so keep that in mind if you’re taking kids to see it. At the very least, you can say that it earns its PG rating.

If I had one more complaint, it’s the animation around the characters’ eyes, as it makes some of them look older than they should. Still, at the end of the day, this movie’s a blast, especially for fans, with old favorites and new hopefuls gracing our screens. That said, occasionally characters make some award-winningly stupid decisions, so I can’t really call it my Film of the Year. I nonetheless found it great, warts and all, and I hope it won’t be fourteen more years until I see more.

Fun Tidbit: One scene that frequented the trailers is Mr. Incredible’s frustration over helping Dash with math, irritated that they “changed math.” Many people have thought this to be a dig at Common Core math (which it very well could be), but it actually refers to a fad in the 60s called New Math, this reinforcing the notion of these movies being set in the 60s. The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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