Incredibles 2

Year: 2018
Directed by:
Brad Bird
Cast:
Craig T. Nelson , Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L Jackson

Written by Lucy Buglass

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.

Lucy’s Rating:

5

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The Parrs Are Back In Action In A Brand New ‘Incredibles 2’ Trailer

“Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.”

Directed by: Brad Bird

Cast: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson

Release Date: June 15th, 2018

 

Disney Pixar Release First Teaser Trailer For ‘Incredibles 2’

“Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.” 

Directed by: Brad Bird
Cast: Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: June 15th 2018

The Big Sick

Year: 2017
Director: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Bo Burnham

Written by Fiona Underhill

Fans of ‘Silicon Valley’ will recognise Kumail Nanjiani, but apart from that and the stand-up comedy circuit, he’s gone fairly under-the-radar, until now. Nanjiani has teamed up with his wife, Emily V. Gordon to write the true story of their courtship. Zoe Kazan (who I loved in ‘What If’) plays Emily and Nanjiani plays himself, which must feel bizarre, especially when shooting romantic scenes with an actress playing your wife, who is on-set watching proceedings. The film is directed by Michael Showalter, who also directed the delightful ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ (currently on Amazon Prime).

Nanjiani is a Pakistani immigrant, trying to make it on the stand-up circuit in Chicago. He does the same open-mic night with fellow comedians played by Aidy Bryant (terrific in ‘Girls’), Bo Burnham and Kurt Braunohler – all hoping to be noticed by someone who can help them make the leap to ‘SNL’, or similar stardom. His parents parade a slew of Pakistani girls in front of him, in the hope he will find a suitable match for an arranged marriage. However, after heckling him at the comedy club, Emily catches Kumail’s eye and they end up going home together. Their relationship seems to be going swimmingly, even surviving the skeletons in Emily’s closet (she’s been married before), but when she discovers that Kumail seems to be judging ‘Pakistan’s Next Top Model’ – they have a huge fight and break up. He then gets a late-night phone call, letting him know Emily is in the hospital and this is where we get to ‘The Big Sick’ of the title. Emily has a mysterious infection and has been placed in a medically-induced coma.

It is here that perhaps the strongest supporting characters enter the scene – Ray Romano and Holly Hunter – as Emily’s parents. As someone who detests ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ – it almost pains me to say that Romano provides some of the biggest laughs of the whole film. Hunter gives a typically tender performance as a heartbroken mother, desperately doing everything she can to solve this problem for her daughter. Incidentally, she is also one of the strongest aspects, in a similar role in a totally different type of film from this year, ‘Song to Song’. I was also pleased to see, among the supporting cast, Adeel Akhtar, who plays Wilson Wilson in ‘Utopia’ – the best television programme of the last ten years (including all of the American golden age fare).

‘The Big Sick’ is a very good example of a rom-com – funny, charming, tender – probably precisely because it is true. Nanjiani makes a natural and compelling central figure – all of the action revolves around him. It may sound easy to just be playing yourself, but it takes a lot of guts to be that vulnerable. To also be publicly exposing what must have been a difficult time – not just dealing with a gravely sick girlfriend, but also facing a choice between romantic and familial love – is brave and refreshingly honest. In some ways it feels old-fashioned – almost a Romeo & Juliet style tale – but it is also modern – dealing with the immigrant Uber driver, the post 9/11 climate and Islamophobia. The film has taken on a more political stance than it perhaps intended, now that Trump is in power. There is a scene in which a heckler becomes racially abusive but now, it could be argued that he represents roughly half of American voters.

It is important to Nanjiani to represent Muslims as something more than terrorists in the mainstream media and he provides a well-rounded character to do just that. The fact that the character IS him definitely makes the film seem more real and while there are moments that are perhaps more dramatic or with more perfect comedic timing in the movie, it is character-driven at its core. ‘The Big Sick’ is currently ‘expanding’ throughout the US, relying heavily on word of mouth. It deserves to succeed in the US and internationally, as it is rare to see such a well-written, non-clichéd rom-com. Go see it!

 Fiona’s rating: 8 out of 10