Hello Divas! If you didn’t contribute to the whopping $180 million The Incredibles 2 made over its opening weekend, the largest ever for an animated feature – we say take you fistful of cash and go check it out tonight!┬áFire crackling with energy, returning director Brad Bird┬ádishes plenty of gumption in this CGI romp. The Incredibles 2 does not hang onto the coattails of audience nostalgia for its 2004 predecessor, as Marvel and Disney properties often do – we’re talking about you┬áSolo!
Clearing throat for my best recap voice: Previously, on the 2004 Pixar The Incredibles, the superpowered Parr family were blithely confronting a new supervillain. However, the sequel introduces this obstruction: illegal superheroism. When an opportunity to revive the golden age of superheroes pops up in the form of an affluent advocate played by Bob Odenkirk, the Parr matriarch Helen (Holly Hunter) ΓÇô a.k.a Elastigirl┬áΓÇô who is still stretchy cool as ever with her own celeb fan base┬á ΓÇô ┬áis selected to become an advocate for supers in the explosive on-field danger. Meanwhile, her beleaguered husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) holds the fort down at home to care for the three children, Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack. Samuel L. Jackson is back as Lucius Best a.k.a Frozone as well.
On paper, plenty of the elements and some of its Pixar trademarks may appear clich├⌐. But even the most classic of Pixar like WALL-E, Finding Nemo┬áor Coco didnΓÇÖt sweat its rudiments and focused on the fun. Incredibles 2 is no exception.
A potent sign of the quality of the film: Brad BirdΓÇÖs dialogue would be at home in speech bubbles fresh from comic pages. It tosses out a few digs at common superhero tropes in reference to DC grimy reboots (Elastigirl laments her new rebranded costume is too ΓÇ£dark and angstyΓÇ¥), but the film locks itself in its present charm, paying tribute to tropes without succumbing to them. As the family membersΓÇÖ arcs remain grounded in familial simplicity: Mr. Parr seeks to be a competent stay-at-home dad, Violet confronts teenage troubles, and Dash needs to comprehend math. Bird resourcefully mimes fun and idiosyncrasies in his archetypes.
You may be there for the popcorn action mixing and mingling with humor, but youΓÇÖre staying for the family heart.
The Incredibles 2 is now playing city-wide.
photo credit: Pixar