The Incredibles are back! It’s been 14 years since we’ve seen the Incredibles in action, but the plot picks up right where we left them. The Underminer is still on the verge of causing total city destruction, and in the aftermath of their epic battle, the family is left to pick up the pieces.
During the battle, Frozone vanishes, only to be approached by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a tech mogul who wants to help bring the supers back from the shadows. Winston and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) want to get superheroes back on the right side of the law and public perception, masterminds a campaign that involves having the heroes wear body cameras so people can see what they are doing firsthand.
When given a chance to change the law and save the fate of all supers, they met a new threat that risks to destroy their reputation forever.
Elastagirl is chosen as the face of the campaign, sidelining both Frozone and Mr. Incredible. This creates a role reversal that is the heart of the entire feature, giving us the chance to really see Helen in action.
All the while, Bob will have to find his own place in all the insanity, trying his best to be supportive and put his own needs aside for the love of his family.
Throughout the entire film, the character building has super strength with each character’s super power echos their personality and growth within the family unit. For instance, Elastigirl, the over-extended mother, is extraordinarily flexible, able to multitask with ease. Violet (Sarah Vowell) is a shy teen whose power is the ability to disappear and build force fields. Let’s also not forget about Dash (Huck Milner) who thinks he can help in any way he can. And of course Baby Jack Jack with his newfound superpowers, which Bob is trying to cope with. It’s a clever way to mix the genres, family drama and superhero action.
The emphasis on family is still there, woven into the script. The Parrs may be “supers” but they are a family with all the problems that go along with that.
“Incredibles 2” is a fantastic looking movie. Advances in CGI since the first film allow for bigger and wilder, more cinematic action scenes and director Brad Bird mixes-and-matches a variety of influences from silent movies on up to modern day blockbusters to engage us all. There’s plenty of action of the sort we’re used to in recent live action superhero films. We’re used to it now and Bird stages in some inventive work to make it less of an overload.
As a sequel “Incredibles 2” feels as fresh as it did the first time around and should please fans with the superpower of patience that they have waited fourteen years for the continuation of the story. “Incredibles 2” is a welcome return.
“Incredibles 2” is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language; running time: 1 hour 58 mins.