I DID MY WAITING. 14 YEARS OF IT. WITHOUT A SEQUEL.
Incredibles 2 (2018) is an animated superhero sequel from Pixar Studios written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant). It follows directly on from the events of the first where supers, while back in the spotlight, are still illegal. But when businessman Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) offers a way to make supers legal again, Elastigirl must leave her family and take up the spandex once more.
Talk about making us wait. There’s no more appropriate Pixar film for a sequel than The Incredibles and yet it took over a decade for it to finally grace our screens. And was it worth it? Absolutely. With a near impossible act to follow, Incredibles 2 offers everything you’d expect in a sequel with logical development, fantastic visuals and a wholly satisfying return to this retro-super world. Some may even call it… Incredible.
Ok I’m sorry.
Literally picking up moments after the last film ended, Incredibles 2 starts with a boom and keeps going from there. Logically building on the ideas, arguments and developments of the first film, this one sees Elastigirl taking the lead much to the film’s benefit. This switches up the dynamic considerably and contributes to both some amusing and surprisingly potent commentary on traditional gender roles and masculine identity – heady stuff for a family film. While the supers side doesn’t quite come together as cohesive thanks to some muddled ideas, it’s still just as smart and entertaining as the first film in a way only Pixar movies can be.
Speaking of Pixar movies, the animation just gets freaking better time after time. While it lacks the stunning vistas of Coco, Incredibles 2 more than makes up for it with truly standout and fluid animated action. Everything from the camerawork to the dynamic choreography and the truly incredible animation itself all contributes to a film that’s as visually exciting as you’d expect from Pixar. It’s astonishing how much the fidelity of animated films have improved since the first film, but that progress is clear to see in every rendered frame.
As for the cast, it’s no surprise that every returning voice is just as perfect this time around. Holly Hunter in particular shines with where she takes Elastigirl, but everyone else from Craig T. Nelson to Samuel L. Jackson are all just as solid. Newcomers including the likes of Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener as the Deavor siblings and Huck Milner as the new Dash are also all great, with Odenkirk being particularly distinct if underutilised. The one major disappointment is the villain of the Screenslaver. To go into detail would involve spoilers, but lets just say this is no Syndrome. While the design and thesis of the character is somewhat interesting, he instead represents a huge missed opportunity and sadly ends up being something far more generic than Incredibles 2 deserves.
But aside from that one misstep, Incredibles 2 provides everything you’d hope for. Spectacularly animated, gripping action and building wonderfully on the mythos and themes of the first film, Incredibles 2 lives up to its name.
General Audiences: Must-see
Film Buffs: Highly Recommended