The Incredibles 2 (2018)
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson
Directed by: Brad Bird
Written by: Brad Bird
Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr 58 min.
My 2 Cents:
14 years after the first Incredibles movie, Pixar and writer/director Brad Bird suit up once again to deliver more superhero action. This time, the Parr family struggle to find a way forward in a world that doesn’t want their help.
The Incredibles 2 is a weird film in that the entire thing feels like it was made out of obligation, and not through a genuine desire to tell a story or explore a theme. Fans of the original wanted a sequel (myself included), and they got one, but the result, while entertaining, doesn’t settle on a single idea or have anything concrete to say. This honestly felt like Pixar had a bunch of ideas for a sequel, and decided to use them all.
Whereas the first film was anchored on Bob’s (Craig T. Nelson) superhero midlife crisis, the sequel flips the script and puts Helen (Holly Hunter) front and center. To what end? It’s not totally clear. I thought they were going to play this as an equal rights conversation, but the film never really settles on that. The same can be said about Violet’s (Sarah Vowell) difficulties as a ‘super’ in high school, and the villain’s actions and goals. Each element thrown into this production feels a little flat and unresolved. Even Dashiell (Huck Milner), incredibly, gets nothing to do except be an exaggerated version of himself.
That being said, there is still plenty to enjoy in this film. The retro-hi-tech 1960s design aesthetic is a visual treat, and Michael Giacchino’s score once again gives the series a cool Connery era Bond-esk vibe. Most of the humor works and of course, being a Pixar movie, the animation is of the highest quality. The main reason to see The Incredibles 2, however, is Baby Jack-Jack! His epic battle with a raccoon is worth the ticket price alone. The character isn’t given much to do, but when he’s on-screen, his antics are very entertaining.