Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell
Directed by: Brad Bird
Written By: Brad Bird
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 55 min
Is it actually possible to say which Pixar animated feature film is really the best? That question could certainly start some spirited debates among the loyal fan base that’s for sure. I also think there would be a great deal of support for The Incredibles. Certainly, one of the best films Pixar has ever made.
Not satisfied with being a fresh new take on the superhero genre, The Incredibles is also a really well written family drama centered around Bob Parr a.k.a Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson.) Forced out of the superhero business, and trying to raise a family. Bob misses the glory days, and secretly performs hero work on the side. Much to the chagrin of his wife Helen (Holly Hunter), and the government handlers charged with keeping his family’s powers and secret identities hidden from the public. Chasing the glory days though also causes trouble at home, and endangers his entire family.
This however, is a family of superheroes! So be warned evildoers! Mrs Parr a.k.a Elastigirl can stretch and contort herself into any shape she pleases. The Parr’s youngest, Dash, runs so fast he can literally skip across water! Their daughter Violet can become invisible, and generate extremely powerful force shields. We should also mention baby Jack Jack! Whose abilities, while only briefly explored in this story, seem pretty varied, powerful and extremely dangerous to anyone who wants to harm this family!
The Incredibles is incredi… Sorry. Amazing! Superb! Fantastic! Top quality Pixar animation combined with great voice work, a super solid story, fun characters and assured direction from Brad Bird. If this isn’t your absolute favorite Pixar movie, it’s likely in your top 3.
If you’ve enjoyed other Pixar films I have no doubt you’ll enjoy this too. Even if you’re not into the superhero thing. The Incredibles is classy entertainment for the entire family.
Visually this is superb, so a HD showing at home is a must. You’ll also want to listen to Michael Giacchino’s excellent score over a decent sound system.
Best elements for me:
I really enjoyed Dash’s, er, dash, across the island. This is when he first discovers he can run across water. That giggle he lets out as he makes this discovery is priceless. Edna ‘E’ Mode, hero fashion designer, voiced by none other than Brad Bird himself, is also a highlight.