Wednesday, June 20, 2018

[Review] Incredibles 2

Everyone's favorite family of crime-fighting superheroes returns for a 14-years-later sequel that somehow feels long overdue yet right on time. Pixar's Incredibles 2 (they dropped the "The" - extra weight, I guess) is an exciting and completely worthy follow-up to its beloved predecessor.

After being condemned and forced underground, the Incredibles have been laying low in a shabby motel room. But it's not long before Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) is recruited by a top secret agency led by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) to take down an anonymous evil-doer that goes by "ScreenSlaver." Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) takes on the stay-at-home-dad role. Being a superhero? That's the easy stuff. Staying home all day and changing diapers? That's the hard stuff.

Between its impressively sleek animation, its spunky characters, and its thrilling storyline, Incredibles 2 zips, cruises, and blasts off with a jubilant spark of consistent energy. Whether it's just being straight-up funny, being aww-ingly cute (baby Jack-Jack), flaunting its spectacular powers, or launching into exhilarating and well-designed action sequences -- there's never a dull moment, which puts this film close to on-par with the first one in my eyes. As for the minor gripes -- the villain feels a tad uninspired and predictable, and there aren't any huge emotional punches during the climax, but these aren't total deal-breakers because the film does everything else so excellently.

What also make Incredibles 2 so great is that it's just as human as it is, well... incredible. Sometimes it's the smaller, relatable moments that are the most enjoyable: Dash practically hyperventilating as he runs around their new house and frantically tests out all the advanced remote control features... Violet Parr choking on her water at a restaurant when she realizes her new crush is the waiter... Mr. Incredible's sunken eyes and unkempt appearance after being kept up all night by Jack-Jack...

But of course, the rest of the family, along with fan-favorite Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), eventually suit up and join in on the superhero action too. It would be a crime if they didn't, right?

* 8.5/10 *

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