I’m not lying when I say I’ve been waiting fourteen years for this film. Watching the original film all those years ago in the cinema with my family, I remember just loving every moment of it, and the DVD has been on hard replay ever since in our house. So when, on Friday, we all went to see Incredibles 2, I was more than a little excited.
Set immediately after the events of The Incredibles, we finally get to what happened to the Underminer, and watch the family come together to do what they do best – fight bad guys. Except it doesn’t go that well, and the family – living in a motel after their house blew up – end up stranding with no changed legal situation and realising that after the events on the island they’ll have to go back to their ordinary lives.
Luckily for them, they are contacted by an eccentric billionaire and his sister who want to help make superheros legal again with a brand new marketing campaign, only this time it’s Elastagirl leading the charge.
Writer-Director (and voice of the queen Edna Mode) Brad Bird isn’t afraid to be political. While the film is set in the city only known as Metroville, some of the issues that it tackles are relevant today: media perception, news reporting and journalism. It’s also a brilliantly feminist film, with Elastagirl as the main protagonist, as Mr Incredible is left at home with the kids, a job that he initially dismisses as easy but is soon left sleep deprived and delirious. The film, while perhaps initially using some of the stereotypical gender roles in the home, has the two adults finding their own way of doing things that suits them.
There is also the added issue of raising a family of super children who are all dealing with the normal issues that children face: pining for a potential boyfriend (Violet), struggling at school (Dash) and having multiple super powers and no control over them (Jack-Jack). The scenes in the house with Mr Incredible provide much of the comic relief of the film, which as is reliably funny as the original, complete with remote controlled floors, a floating baby and a raccoon fight that is making me giggle thinking about it now.
With all the advances in animation in the last decade and a bit, you would be forgiven for expecting Incredibles 2 to completely dismiss the charm and aesthetics of it’s original – the bright primary colours, comic book action sequences – in favour of a more realistic look. Instead it’s delightfully stylised and down right gorgeous. Hypnotic sunsets, a bank falling through the ground, late night conversations by a turquoise motel pool all show the range and beauty that animation can provide, It’s a visual delight and I’ve no doubt that this film will be appearing of compilation lists of perfect shots in film in the near future.
I can’t recommend this enough, it’s as good if not better than the first. A summer blockbuster that deserves to soar, that’s as funny and original as it is beautiful.