It has been fourteen long years since the original Incredibles graced us at the theaters. Written and directed the multi-talented Brad Bird who has brought us The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol as well as The Incredibles from 2004. His only hiccup is Tomorrowland from 2015 and that was not all bad, but it was rather routine nonsense. The point is that Brad Bird can create a story and bring it to life on screen with consistently entertaining results. He is one talented individual.
Despite being fourteen years since the last Incredibles film, Incredibles 2 picks up not long after the first film with Jack-Jack still being a toddler who has undiscovered what his powers truly are. This time around instead of Bob Parr or Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) secretly heading off to a distant land to battle evil, it is Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) who is tasked with their latest adventure. Superheroes are still not looked upon with much affinity, but that is all about to change, hopefully. It is not long before the whole Parr family is involved with saving the world.
Recruited by a man named Winston Deaver (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener), Elastigirl (Hunter) is out to catch a mysterious person who is using mind control to cause havoc and take over the world. Pretty simple plot, I know, but Incredibles 2 does a lot with this material and it has never looked better or been more entertaining. The colors and visuals of these films really come alive on screen and are a joy to watch. The voices of the entire cast are spot on and everyone seems to be having a blast with this material. You can tell, too.
Brad Bird’s script delves into more than just the main story, though. He is able to have some subplots involving Jack-Jack, the daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) and how Bob Parr manages the family while his wife is battling evil. While some films would be over written with one plot element and leave the other elements languishing, Bird has done a tremendous job of making all the busyness of Incredibles 2 thoroughly enjoyable. I could not even tell you which plots I enjoyed more, they are that entertaining and the action of Incredibles 2 is spectacular. The editing of Stephen Schaffer and score by Michael Giacchino add to the sheer enjoyment of Incredibles 2.
If I had any complaints of Incredibles 2 it would be that I was able to pick out the villain about halfway through the film. I don’t know if others will be able to figure it out, but that would be about the only gripe I have and it still didn’t bother me. I was able to enjoy this film in all of its glory. The animation is first rate and Bird paces this film exceedingly well with some very clever humor. If you are looking for grand family entertainment then you need to look no further than Incredibles 2. This is one of 2018’s best films.
Incredibles 2 – ****3/4 out of 5
Incredibles 2 – Rated PG for comic book action and some scenes of peril. But this is a family film all of the way.
Incredibles 2 – Run time is 118 minutes
Incredibles 2 is now available on DVD, On Demand and subscription services. Check your local listings for pricing and availability.