After 14 long years, the wait is over! The Incredibles 2 has arrived! After so many years of build up though… Was it really worth the wait?
The Academy Award winning movie The Incredibles, released in 2004, was a big success: grossing over $630 million world-wide and earning a massive fan-base. Which poses the questions as to why it took so long for a sequel. Regardless of the reasons, The Incredibles 2 is now in theaters for those very fans to enjoy. Though, it might not be what they expect.
While fans will be pleased that the same fun and excitement seen in the original Incredibles can be seen in the second; they may not be so thrilled at the familiarity of the plot.
The Incredibles 2 picks up only seconds after the first movie ends, leaving the Parr family to fight off The Underminer and save the city! For those of us who have not watched the 2004 film in quite some time, this dive back in can be a bit disorienting but not all together unpleasant. Jumping straight into the cliffhanger was a good call by Brad Bird, the writer and director of the film. Picking up where The Incredibles left off 14 years ago allowed for an action packed opening and easily caught the attention of both young and old(er).
Perhaps one of the best features of The Incredibles 2 was its creative and intense fight scenes. From creative uses of powers to flying fists (and babies) the fight sequences throughout the movie were both impressive and thrilling! But whats a fight without some new superheros?
The Incredibles 2 provides us with the same family we know and love but also invites the viewer to meet a whole arrangement of new superheros form ‘Reflux’ to ‘Voyd’ who both show some interesting (if not disturbing) talents. No matter which to ‘Super’ is you favorite they each have some pretty relate-able characteristics that seem to be a staple for Bird’s characters. ‘Voyd’, for example, a Hannah Hart look-a-like, is a bit too excitable and clumsy, when it comes to meeting her role model ‘Elastigirl’.
Both the characters and animation for the film are obviously on par with the hype that has built since the sequel was announced, but what about the plot?
The Incredibles 2 pulls away from the first film in the sense that it focuses more on the Parr family’s personal life, rather than their alter egos’. Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is recruited by a wealthy man, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), and his sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener), to be the face of Supers in an attempt to make the heroes legal again, leaving Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) at home to care for the kids.
From a polymorphing baby to boy trouble and math homework, Bob’s struggles seem to be on the rise as he does his best to support his wife and family during the new ‘adjustment’ period. Of course, Bob has friends to help him, including a certain ice shooting Super and eccentric fashion designer.
The only thing that seemed disappointing was the predictability and overall outline of the plot that was so similar to the original movie in 2004; with a storyline encompassing a billionaire who seemingly wants to help outlawed Supers to gain their freedom while the superhero family is faced with adversity and challenges that bring them closer together. Still, Bird knows exactly where to keep his audiences: on the edge of their seats with their hearts on their sleeves.
The Incredibles 2 is definitely a must see for the whole family!