I feel like Brad Bird is one of the directors that has not made one bad movie yet. It’s been 14 years since the first Incredibles and everyone including me has been looking forward to this. I was a little concerned after the first trailer but after watching this I was blown away.
The characters that we’ve known and loved from the first one are back and there still great. I feel like these characters are better used here than they were in the original. Elastigirl is the protagonist here while Mr. Incredible was the protagonist in the first one. I think that’s clever because it makes the whole series feel like it’s about the family instead of just Mr. Incredible. Violet’s character development really shows here and Dash’s new voice is really good too. Frozone has more screen time and Edna and Jack Jack are a great comedic pair.
While the characters are great there’s one character that’s my main problem with the sequel, the villain. Spoiler alert: It’s another twist villain as usual and it’s predictably Evelyn Deavor. I knew Catherine Keener would be the villain back when she was announced in November, mostly because she just came from Get Out where she also played a hypnotist villain. To quote Mr. Kropp, “Coincidence? I think not!”. Her evil plan is not very interesting or memorable as Syndrome tough it is refreshing to have a main female antagonist in a Pixar movie.
The first Incredibles movie had an interesting visual style that reminded me a lot of 60’s James Bond. The colors really pop out and the architype of the houses and buildings are great. The movie opens up with a new retro version of the Disney logo and it’s wonderful and clever because it helps emerge you back into the world of the Incredibles. What also helps emerge you is Michael Giacchino’s amazing score which was already amazing in the first one. The end credits also have themes songs for the heroes, I’ll never get tired of Here Comes Elastigirl. The actions scenes are also great. The Underminor scene at the beginning helps reestablish the characters and world from the first one. The Jack Jack vs a raccoon fight was hilarious not only because it’s a baby fighting a raccoon but because a raccoon put up a better fight than Syndrome. Elastigirl’s action scenes are really fun too. I can’t think of one action scene that was bad.
Kind of like Finding Dory I think I like the sequel better than the first one. Maybe it’s because the older I get the more appreciation I have for Finding Nemo and The Incredibles and now I have now enjoy the sequels. Incredibles 2 is a worthy sequel and one of the most incredible movies of 2018 pun intended.
+ Action scenes
+ Michael Giacchino’s score
+ Visually great