The year 2018 has been a delightful tribute to the ‘super hero’ genre, from BLACK PANTHER to AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR to DEADPOOL 2, so what does the sequel to the long awaited (14 years) INCREDIBLES – an astonishing piece of computer animation exemplarily mixed with top-notch storytelling, visual razzle-dazzle, loads of wit and tons of fun and above all an ode to family achieve? Has BRAD BIRD done it again for Disney & Pixar? let’s find out.
Remember the time..? before Christopher Nolan rebooted BATMAN and Bryan Singer gave us X-MEN and X2, an animated superhero movie INCREDIBLES cracked it so right, all from 5 to 85 (even beyond) enjoyed the adventures of the masked crime fighter – ‘Mr. Incredible’ Bob Parr and his superhero wife – Elastigirl, The Parr family was a sheer pop corn delight. Those who where 4 years old during 2004 are now adults and the sequel in the most amazing and incredible manner does the invincible act of doing exactly what a super sequel should do.
INCREDIBLES 2 not only stays true to the original, it also explores new territory and most importantly holds the ethos of family importance proudly on its chest and somewhere it smartly toys with the basic idea of a super hero with the line “super heroes are for weak humans’.
Smartly picking up from where it ended 14 years ago, writer director Brad Bird starts with bang on action, The Underminer is causing havoc in the city, robbing banks and the Parr family –Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson – voice), Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter – voice), Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell – voice), Dashiell Parr (Huckleberry Milner – voice) and Jack – Jack Parr (Eli Fucile – voice) with help from Lucius Best / Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson – voice) the city is saved. But the damage caused while saving makes the officials immune to the contribution of the Parr family and since the bank is insured, the selfish attitude of the system instead of punishing the criminal, charges the Parr family for the damage done to the city, The ‘super heroes’ are illegal and no more messiah of the people.
Anyways a ‘believer’ in business tycoon Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) thinks the other way and supports the legalization of ‘super heroes’. The tycoon comes with a plan. Winston and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener), figure out, plan and plant incidents where the public at large in reality will witness the super human deeds of super heroes. The Deavor’s plant hidden cameras in the designer outfits of super heroes, a ‘cost effective’ decision brings the Elastigirl to the limelight leaving Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) at home taking care of kids. BOB has to solve the mystery of Dash’s mathematics, Violet’s teen girl drama and last but not the least, the super Jack-Jack’s newfound super powers.
As Mr. Incredible does babysitting, Elastigirl saves the day for the city. A new villain by the name Screenslaver (Bill Wise) is introduced who hypnotizes people through screens. Yes screens be it television monitors, computers, etc. (a smartly hidden statement on where is the evil). Rest is how the good triumphs over evil.
TOY STORY, CARS, FINDING NEMO, Pixar has a record of triumphs in the genre. INCREDIBLES 2 adds to the genre with aplomb, brilliantly designed animation with the marvelous score of Michael Giacchino to match, the follow up to the 2004 triumph is super cool popcorn fun. The voiceovers are exceptional and it’s such a crazy and fun filled family movie experience that kisses the cheeks of your child with glee and excites you to lap the movie with ease and hold it for long.