By Jacob Wynter (UK)

 

14 years in waiting for this sequel. This original movie is one of my childhood favourites and I admit I view the entire franchise through nostalgia tinted glasses. But this movie is not as good as the original. However, this film is still animated and directed remarkably, with the best action scenes I’ve ever seen in animation. Now sit back and enjoy, and I’ll tell you how I came to my conclusion.

Disclaimer: Strangely enough, this is quite a dark movie, for Pixar standards. It shows off large scale and disturbing violence in spades. Therefore, this movie could be considered not suitable for very young children (and, no, that’s not just an excuse to stop children’s crying ruining the viewing experience). It also shows a lot of flashing images so people with photosensitive epilepsy should also be advised.

My main problem with The Incredibles 2 is I question the necessity of this movie. For a very long time Pixar relied on original, unique movies, such as Toy Story and the original Incredibles. It was all going well until that all crashed in their 7th movie. But Pixar managed to pick themselves up by releasing, heart-warming films like Up, and to a lesser extent Ratatouille. But the release of the 11th Pixar movie changed all of this. Toy Story 3 didn’t hold a candle to the original, yet it was the highest grossing animated movie of all time. With the release of that, Disney realised, rather than original movies, the public much rather see older movies get long awaited sequels. Considering that this movie was clearly never intended to be made by Brad Bird at first, therefore it’s hard to see this as anything more than a cash grab.

Besides all of that this film itself has merits and flaws, which have dictated the critique and rating I have given it.

The Incredibles 2 brings back your favourite superhero family, the Parr’s: ‘Elastigirl’ (Holly Hunter), ‘Mr Incredible’ (Craig T. Nelson), ‘Violet’ (Sarah Vowell), and the new edition to the cast Huck Millner, who is replacing Spencer Fox, as ‘Dash’. Outside of the Parr family Samuel L. Jackson returns to play fan favourite ‘Frozone’.

The events of this movie take place straight after the events of the first movie, almost like coming back from a commercial brake of sorts; which came just after the original movie introduced the ‘Underminer’ character (John Ratzenberger). This action scene has been built up for years and had the potential to be good. But disappointingly, the scene ends up being lackluster. Compared to the action scenes in the rest of this movie, this scene felt sloppy in its editing and it’s directing.

The A plot of the movie is then setup after that scene with the introduction of the Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) – a marketing tycoon, who because of a convoluted back story, has decided to take it into his own hands, to make superheroes legal again.

That Is the main plot of the movie, which is led by Elastigirl, instead of Mr incredible, compared to the first movie. The resultant B plot of the movie is the overly done sitcom scenario, of a dad (Bob Parr in this case) having to learn how to cope with domestic life; I must add though this is probably the best part of this movie, especially the scenes centering around Jack-Jack. Overall this plot brings back the family theme I loved so much about the first.

Now to get into what I disliked about this movie. The worst thing about the film was the terrible villain ‘Scree Slaver’/Evelyn Deavor (played by Catherine Keener). The antagonist isn’t just bad, in comparison to ‘Syndrome’ from the “1st Incredibles”, but is just a bad, clichéd kind of villain. Also, the twist for ‘Screen Slaver’s’ identity was painfully obvious.

The saving grace of this movie for me was the outstanding animation in this. Pixar just keeps outdoing itself it this category. There was one scene in particular with Jack-Jack and a raccoon which was breath-taking from a visual sense; and in all the movies actions scenes the animation was stunning. Overall the animation for this movie was stellar, and Pixar deserves a round of applause for it.

Just to give a special mention: Michael Giacchino the composer from the first movie returns, to deliver a stunning score, just like the first.

This is not a bad movie, far from it in fact. It is competent and knows what it’s doing and is arguably still an example for modern day superhero films to follow, but as I said at the start of this review, if you look past the nostalgia you feel for this movie you might notice, it’s just not as good as the original.

Rating: 3/5

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