You know that GIF from the Titanic where the old lady is like “It’s been 84 years…” THAT is how I felt about waiting for a sequel to my #1 favorite Disney-Pixar movie of all time, The Incredibles. Okay, I’m being a little dramatic because it was only 14 years but still! Now, I know the question you are all thinking… Is Incredibles 2 as good as the first film? It’s better.
Incredibles 2 picks up exactly where the first film leaves us – it’s the end of Dash’s track meet and the Underminer has appeared from a burrowing contraption, threatening the city of Metroville. The Incredibles leap into action as a family to save the day (including baby Jack-Jack, who has yet to reveal his powers). After destroying half the city in attempt to save it, the Incredibles are relocated and back to being banned with the rest of the supers… That is until Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a passionate but suspicious salesman, has a proposition that they can’t pass up.
This time around it’s Elastigirl’s (Holly Hunter) moment to shine. She gets the opportunity to go out and save the day which means Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) gets to stay home with the kids and play Mr. Mom.
All the original characters are back including the kids – Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack– as well as Frozone, voiced by the hilarious Samuel L. Jackson, and the crowd favorite, designer Edna Mode (Brad Bird).
Incredibles 2 packs in more jokes and action than the first film, a million times over. At some points the crowd was laughing so hard, I couldn’t even hear what was happening on screen. I won’t spoil anything but my absolute favorite part involves Jack-Jack and a raccoon. Get the tissues because you will be crying from laughing so hard.
The animation has also significantly improved since the first film (as it should in a 14 year gap). Just take a look at the scenes with water– it looks so realistic! Also, don’t forget to get to the theater early for a hilarious and sweet Pixar short that will leave you shocked and then shedding tears (Pixar always pulling at the heart strings.)
I have two tips for you:
- Leave the kids at home. Or at least take them to see it during the day when adults aren’t there. This second installment is a little longer than the first and has a much more complicated plot line. At the premiere, the whole theater was completely full and there was only one kid (who, of course, was right behind me). This movie was made for those of us who waited 14 years, not for kids who weren’t even alive in 2004.
- Beware of some scenes that could trigger people with epilepsy. There are a few moments where a black and white light flashes on screen for an extended amount of time. It even made me wince. If you or whoever you are bringing has epilepsy, be careful or maybe wait till it comes out on DVD.
Lastly, if you haven’t seen Incredibles 2 yet, what are you waiting for?! Haven’t we done enough of that? This film is incredible so go see it now. Before you go, check out my podcast with Montez on 96.1 KISS FM!