Unbelievably, it is fourteen years since the original Incredibles but this film carries on where the original left off. Children who watched the first film could have children of their own by now to take to see it. Everyone will have a good time; it is, like the first, truly a family film.
While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. However, the wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech offer new hope with a bold project to rehabilitate the public image and legal status of Supers, with Elastigirl (Helen) being assigned on point to be the shining example. So Mrs Incredible (voiced by Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voiced by Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voiced by Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of ‘normal’ life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain, Screenslaver) hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again, which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Brad Bird’s screenplay mines every last drop of comedy from the role reversal set up, and then digs deeper to find some more. There is a touch of reverse sexism at work here, suggesting that dads are no match for multi-tasking mums, but the jokes are so funny, not to mention on the money, that only a super-curmudgeon could take offence. In any case, it is the mayhem of parenthood in general that is being lampooned. Bob and Helen Parr might be superheroes, but when it comes to dealing with a lovesick teenager or a baby that is always on the go, they are just as clueless and prone to exhaustion as mere mortals. Just as the gag rate cannot be faulted, so the animation is sublime, with every scene richly coloured, painstakingly detailed, and lick your lips gorgeous. Even after all this time with Disney Pixar movies, the sheer quality of the animation, and the endless inventiveness and daring, still take the breath away.
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