This is, without a doubt, a great movie. Really. That’s not just the Pixar fan inside of me talking. But the problem with Incredibles 2, amongst other things I’ll get into shortly, is that it doesn’t feel as though it’s worth the decades long wait. Sure, it’s a fantastic follow-up to an iconic original, and it’s great to just be back with these characters again, but recapturing the magic of the original is hard to achieve, so no matter how great this film is, it was always destined to be inferior. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the ride.
But, like with every superhero movie, it’s not all fun and games, and before they know it, a new villain arises. With Helen out saving the day, put into the forefront as a beacon of hope, Bob is sent back home to look after the kids, Dash (Huck Milner), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile). An easy task? One would think so, but as Jack-Jack starts getting powers of his own, things get a lot more complicated. It’s a sequel that sounds as if it’s on a whole new league than the first, expanding this lore out while telling an exciting new story, and while I guess technically it does, there’s so much here that’s a gender swapped retelling of the first.
Helen finds herself in unfamiliar territory, chasing after a villain known as the Screenslaver. This new villain is a fascinating, almost terrifying threat; whose costume design is wonderful and whose motivations make sense. There’s a subtle social commentary woven into their character arc that doesn’t mesh with the main themes of the narrative, but as a character, I thoroughly enjoyed where writer-director Brad Bird took them, because wow, what a finale. But Screenslaver isn’t the only new “super” popping up, and, without delving into specifics, I thoroughly enjoyed every new addition.
Incredibles 2 was never going to live up to the first. There’s just no way it could have. But as a film in its own right, it makes for another fantastic Pixar sequel. You may leave wanting a little bit more of the entire family kicking ass together, but a third film certainly isn’t out of the question, and if it means more Jack-Jack then count me in, for Incredibles 2 is a vivid, beautifully animated sequel that, well, come on, you already know you’re going to watch.
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