Directed by: Brad Bird
Cast: Craig T. Nelson , Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L Jackson
It’s safe to say that ‘Incredibles 2′ was my most anticipated film of the year. The original ‘Incredibles’ film ended in a way that left it wide open for a sequel, but that sequel never came until now, 14 years later. Although I was very excited when the sequel was confirmed, I also felt very nervous. What if it wasn’t the same? What if it was forced and uninspired? Too many times we’ve seen film sequels that failed, and I was keeping everything crossed that ‘Incredibles 2′ wouldn’t fall into this category. The original was too good to have a bad sequel!
Thankfully, I thought the film met all my expectations. It’s a direct continuation of the first, picking up where we left off with the Underminer. This made me smile instantly as I was so glad we were getting a resolution there rather than just jumping into an entirely new story. The opening scene is amazing and really sucks you in, reminding you of the first and radiating a wonderfully nostalgic aura. It made me realise just how much I appreciated the first one, whilst still feeling excited about what was to come over the next two hours. The action sequences throughout are particularly stunning, but the first one stood out to me the most as we saw the family fighting together again. Not a lot of time had passed in the cinematic universe, but for us on the outside it had been years since we’d seen them fighting evil together.
This time, Elastigirl / Mrs Incredible takes a much more central role. I thought it was great to explore her abilities more and see how Mr Incredible handles life back home with the kids, contrary to the events of the original film. Whilst Elastigirl is out on a new mission to potentially legalise superheroes again, Mr Incredible has to adopt a more familial role and care for Violet, Dash and Jack Jack. Much like the first, ‘Incredibles 2′ explores how supers balance home life with super life, with hilarious results. Amongst the three children, Jack Jack really steals the spotlight as his powers gradually become known, causing chaos for his dad and siblings, and lots of laughs for the audience. I’m so glad he was explored more in the sequel as his powers were hinted at previously, but never really showcased as much as I would’ve liked. He’s turned into one baby you don’t want to mess with!
The villain in ‘Incredibles 2′ is a great antagonist, and on par with Syndrome in my opinion. It’s difficult for me to fully illustrate why without giving away some big spoilers, but the character’s motivations and abilities really are a joy to watch. They’re the epitome of the term “super villain” and embody everything we’d expect from someone who’d want to bring chaos to the world. But don’t think that makes them generic; they’re an incredibly well-rounded character with lots of depth, something that I have huge amounts of praise for. You have to see it to know what I’m talking about, but I sincerely hope you agree.
As well as the introduction to this new villain, we also meet some new supers with some fun new powers who end up playing big parts in the final act of the film. A lot of work has clearly gone into bringing them to life and giving them all different personalities and powers, which differed from the heroes referenced in the first one. I really am in love with the ‘Incredibles’ universe and everything about it, from the characters to the set design to the soundtrack. Even 14 years on, it felt like we’d never left.
Once again, Brad Bird knew exactly how to balance the right amount of humour with serious moments, without overdoing either. The script has enough to entertain both children and adults alike, and my audience were certainly engrossed no matter how old they were. I’m so glad we were given a well structured, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining sequel that didn’t exist just to cash in on a franchise name. It was so wonderful to see the Parr family back in action again, and I left the cinema with a huge smile on my face because of it. If the ‘Incredibles 3′ is happening and is good as both predecessors, consider my ticket booked already.