The first Incredibles film was great. I think we can all agree on that. As with the majority of Pixar animations, it is displayed with a level of polish and technical finery that you see in very few other animated features. Pixar have long ruled the animation roost and this is no different.
Now that we have set the precedent that the first Incredibles is good and Pixar are amazing I can tell you Incredibles 2 most certainly meets that bar. Yeah, sure, this is what we’ve come to expect for Pixar after so many fantastic releases but it’s good to take a step back and appreciate the finer intricasies of their productions.
Incredibles 2 hits all the notes of a good Pixar film. The animation is smooth, stylish and some shots just take your breath away with their technicality. Compared to other Pixar films, Incredibles 2 is all about style. Fixating more on the classic spy/action genre mixed in with the 50s/60s Retro stylings, this film has flair and dramatic showmanship. The action scenes are frantic and fast paced with plenty of panache. Mostly following the exploits of Elasitgirl, this sequel is a perfect example of how to use super powers on screen. Not just flying and punching but interesting and inventive ways to use the characters abilities.
Incredibles 2 follows on directly after the first film. Despite the family coming together as a super hero team, supers are still illegal and the families latest exploits aren’t doing anything to build public trust. In steps Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), owner of a large telecommunications company, and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener), the technological genius behind the company. Winston is a huge fan of supers and wants to see them legal again. With some good deeds and the appropriate media presence he believes he can build trust in supers again. However to start this off they only want to start working with Elastigirl. They determine that Mr. Incredible causes too much collateral damage and doesn’t have the right image.
This creates a role reversal from the first film, now with Elastigirl being the hero and Mr Incredible having to manage the family and their everyday ordeals at home. The plot does feel quite the same as the first film but I don’t think that’s a terrible thing. It’s still able to produce a engaging story and plenty of memorable shots. Similar to the first film this combines some excellent scenes of domestic home life and managing family dynamics with exciting action and drama moments. This is a prefect blend of these two genres and leaves plenty of room for witty jokes, heartfelt moments and creative slapstick. Everything you’ve come to expect from a great Pixar film.
If you’re a fan of the first film, a fan of Pixar, a fan of good storytelling, a fan of animation, or a fan of good set design this is a well recommended choice. The Incredibles and Pixar knock it out of the park yet again.
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