Incredibles 2 movie review: Fun for the whole family
The superhero family we all came to love 14 years ago is back, and Incredibles 2 is as funny and heartwarming as you’d expect.
The Parr family – brawny Bob Parr aka Mr Incredible (voiced by Craig T Nelson), Helen aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and toddler Jack-Jack (Samuel L Jackson) – are fighting a villain named Underminer this time, who is of course out to destroy the city. They have help this time from a new entrant, telecom tycoon and adult fanboy Winston Deavor.
The film dives right into larger-than-life action sequences that are likely to delight adults and kids alike. The Parrs are celebrating their superpowers in this one, not trying to hide them, which adds to the fun. Mom, in fact, has a new job – celebrity advocate for superheroes – leaving Dad to run the home. There’s some enjoyable slapstick as Bob takes a turn as a stay-at-home dad, and as Violet’s struggles through angsty school life and crushes.
Jack-Jack is the highlight of the film – with what director Brad Bird described as the ‘Swiss Army Knife of superpowers’. He can generate fire, turn himself into a monster, clone himself and levitate, among other things - only some of which we got glimpses of in part one.
We are also reunited with some classic characters; there’s the sassy superhero costume designer, Edna; and a new villain who goes by ‘Screenslaver’. Writer and director Bird’s second turn with the story is a success, as is the fast-paced music by Michael Giacchino. Pixar works its magic, again.
The animation studio has had more than a decade to perfect its brand of mushy, quirky, visually breathtaking tear-jerkers since the original film. We’ve seen loneliness in Up and Wall-E; girl power in Brave; pop psychology in Inside Out; and families across borders in Coco. Superhero films have taken on lives of their own too. They make political statements (Black Panther; Wonder Woman), are irreverent (both Deadpools) or all-out extravagant (Avengers: Infinity War).
Incredible 2 breaks little new ground but does a good job of representing the dysfunctional family next door. Expect to laugh, cry and go ‘Awww’ a lot.