While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. However, the wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech offer new hope with a bold project to rehabilitate the public image and legal status of Supers, with Elastigirl being assigned on point to be the shining example. Now having agreed for now to stay at home to care for the kids, Mr. Incredible finds domestic life a daunting challenge, especially with baby Jack-Jack's newly emerged powers making him almost impossible to manage. However, Elastigirl soon has her own concerns dealing with the menace of a new supervillain, Screenslaver, who is wreaking havoc with his mind control abilities. Now, Elastigirl must solve the mystery of this enemy, who has malevolent designs on the world with the Parr family and friends key targets of this evil.
Directed by: Brad Bird
. Starring: Craig T. Nelson
, Holly Hunter
, Sarah Vowell
, Huck Milner
, Catherine Keener
, Eli Fucile
, Bob Odenkirk
, Samuel L. Jackson
, Michael Bird
, Sophia Bush
, Brad Bird
, Phil LaMarr
, Isabella Rossellini
. Music by: Michael Giacchino
Many people were waiting for a sequel to one of the best animated animated films of all time from Pixar, I still like the first Incredibles to this day, it's funny, thought provoking, relatable, action packed, has great characters, stylish animation that has hasn't aged badly at all and Brad Bird takes a simple premise and plot but made it bigger and relatable and that's what I like about his work like the Iron Giant, Ratatouille and the first Incredibles, so the Incredibles was a child good favourite and I still remember watching it when I was young, one of Pixar's and Brad Bird's best I've seen.
So when I heard the sequel was getting released this year, I was really pumped and ready to see the Parr family back in action and trailers certainly helped, now that it finally came on Friday the 13th (least it's wasn't bad luck) in the UK and I got a chance to see it the day after it got released and....... not surprisingly I love it!, it's a little better then the first one honestly, so how did it improve?.
Well the plot about Helen Parr or Elastagirl (Holly Hunter) taking Bob or Mr. Incredible's (Craig T. Nelson) role from the first film which is she is been given a oppertunity to bring superheroes to not only help the rest of the Parr family but also try and make superheroes legal again, while Bob takes Helen's role from the first movie which is to look after the kids, Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack while Helen is out to do secret hero work and try and take down a new villain Screenslaver before he hypnotises everyone in the city, so it may be slightly formulaic and predicable, but it sure did a great job of doing the best it can, throughout the whole thing I was hooked on what going on, the plot is executed smoothly and the two plots with Helen and Bob connect quite well with each other, everyone actually has a part to play instead of being there, the movie still has it's great humour and there are some memorable moments of humour that evolves Jack-Jack, there's a subplot with Violet that is having a problem with her date and that got interesting since she's my favourite character in the film series, however as brilliant, clever and well executed the writing is, the movie still has great heart, especially with Bob and Violet, but sometimes it just plays it for laughs instead of taking it seriously which does kind of ruin what makes the Parr family relatable, especially at the restaurants scene which didn't really help, that and the reveal of who Screenslaver is which may not be who you expect but at that reveal moment, it becomes slightly predictable, but those are nitpicks, the movie still has originality, good heart, great laughs, it's actually more adult then kid friendly like the first movie, you care about these characters and it gets more interesting and it all comes together nicely.
The animation is a massive upgrade from the first movie, the animation in the first movie did look great back in the day and it hasn't aged badly or anything, but it's starting to look not quite as brilliant as it was in 2004, however I still like it, but this animation has improved a lot, the movie looks more colourful, each character's design may look the same from the first movie but here it has a nice upgrade to them, The Parrs looks so much better, the backgrounds and the city looks more down to earth, when not using their powers, the characters has a smooth but slightly cartoon movement, but it's mostly down-to-earth, the action scenes are very creative and fast, when Jack-Jack or the rest of the Parr family use their powers it actually looks really cool, although if you get seizures from flashing images, i don't recommend this movie though because the villain Screenslaver has TVs that he uses to control his victims and in a fight that has TVs with lots of flashing images, so yeah that can be debatable, but besides that the animation is massively improved from the first movie and it looks fantastic!.
The characters are still entertaining and memorable as they were back in 2004, even the new ones has a lot to offer, the Parr family is still great, Helen is a well developed character who gets even more screen time and her plot gets very interesting, Bob still has his funny moments and is still a likeable father, Dash might be annoying to some but I found him entertaining enough, but Jack-Jack and Violet stand out for me, Jack-Jack brings some great laughs with his different powers and Violet is one I found interesting and I did care about her the most besides the Parrs, Lucius Best a.k.a Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is still awesome, the new characters are also great, well mostly, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) is charmingly and delightful character who I like all the way through same with his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) although he remind me of Sterling from Cars 3 at times but I still liked his presences, the other superheroes like Voyd, Brick, Reflux, He-Lectrix are basically just other heroes but they do play a part like i said before, the villain Screenslaver had potential to be a great villain but came out as disappointing, the reveal of who the Screenslaver is can come off as predictable and the villain's plan did start off interesting but then it made no sense and Buddy Pine is so much better, but how can I forget Edna Mode voiced by the director himself Brad Bird, she still is really fascinating, funny and very entertaining when it comes to her and Jack-Jack, but at-least the voice acting is still amazing, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson return and they are still great as they were before, the new ones like Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Sophia Bush, Jonathan Banks and many more do a fantastic job as well, but even with a weak villain, these characters old and new are still loveable and wonderful just how they should be.
So maybe not quite as well crafted and important as the first film, but it still has what made the first movie amazing, it has an engaging and original plot, the animation is fantastic as always, loveable characters with great voice acting, really good humour with great heart and amazing action, this is high recommendation, if you love Pixar, the Incredibles or superheroes, please do go check this one out, along with Deadpool 2, this is one of the funniest superhero films of this year, I can't wait to see what Brad Bird makes next.
Of course I'm going to give Incredibles 2 a 1010!.
Review by masonrobledo from the Internet Movie Database.