Incredibles 2 (8/10)
Director: Brad Bird
Runtime: 125 Minutes
It’s rare when a sequel comes close to outshining the original, 14 years have passed since the original Incredibles graced our screens and I was one of the people who grew up watching it as a kid. It’s one of Pixar’s greatest animations and its sequel is long overdue.
Picking up right where the first movie left off, superheroes are now illegal and this forces our Incredible family to hang up their suits and have a normal life. That’s until siblings Evelyn and Winston Deavor recruit them in hope of restoring legal status to all superheroes. Elastigirl is recruited over Mr.Incredible due to her low insurance damage compared to her husbands. Whilst he’s at home trying to take care of three children, there’s a new villain called the Screenslaver who hypnotises their victims into doing their bidding. Elastigirl must do everything in her power to bring them to justice.
Brad Bird returns to write and director the sequel, giving us a movie that’s just as fun and enjoyable as the first. It’s great to finally get a sequel from Pixar because for years they seemed to only ever released original content. Bird does brilliantly here at crafting a movie that feels new but also stays true to the original themes of the first. Incredibles 2 tackles some strong issues that are plagued by our current society, Winston makes the good point that the reason people hate superheroes is because they only see the destruction and think what politicians what them to think. Which is why he fits their new suits with cameras so everyone can witness what actually happens when people cant see, people always want proof to how something really happened and that’s why this concept seems surprisingly very relatable to the society we live in.
The animation in Incredibles 2 is incredible (No pun intended) and fluid, that’s to no surprise as Pixar always have gorgeous animation in their films. Every scene transitions beautifully into the next. There’s an amazing scene involving Elastigirl on a bike and a moving train, which is one of the best action sequences you’ll see all year. It’s a movie that’s constantly in motion, seamlessly transitioning from an intense action sequence, to the comedy of a dad looking after his kids. I’d go so far to say that most action sequences in this movie are better than most Marvel sequences. The animation is elevated even higher when compared to the score that plays alongside it. Every piece of music in this movie is perfect and feels heroic, which is great when watching a superhero movie.
is a brilliant movie that doesn’t do much to reinvent its formula but it knows that and gives us more of what we loved from the first. Clocking in at two hours long, Incredibles 2 is one of Pixar’s longest movies. The villain is very underwhelming and cliche but we’ve come to expect this in Pixar/Disney movies. It gets the job done. But overall this is a beautiful movie with some great voice acting and delivers some of 2018’s best action sequences.