By James Davidson
We’ve waited 14 years for the sequel to “The Incredibles,” and “Incredibles 2” was worth the wait. Everyone’s favorite super family is back, and they pick up right where they left us in 2004. When we first got a glimpse into the animated superfamily, The Incredibles, Bob and Helen Parr were dealing with being two former superheroes (Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl) trying to raise a family in a world where superheroes are illegal. They discover that both of their children, Violet and Dashiell (Dash), also have superpowers and must learn how to work together as a family to stop a supervillian from giving everyone in the world superpowers.
In the sequel, Bob must adjust to being a stay-at-home dad while Helen, as Elastigirl, works with a rich philanthropist named Winston Deaver, and his sister Evelyn, to try to change the public image of superheroes and make them legal again. Bob, who is used to being the “main” hero of the family, has a hard time adjusting to taking care of Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack.
While it is marketed as a children’s movie, I thought that the plot was very mature and was able to keep me entertained throughout the movie. I found myself laughing quite a bit at the movie, especially when Bob discovers that Jack Jack has powers. The humor did not seem childish like I thought it was going to be.
The action scenes were also very engaging. I found myself on the edge of my seat several times when the family was in peril. The downside to this is, while it is rated PG, it might be a little too mature to keep younger children engaged. It seemed like they made the movie more for the older viewers who saw the first movie when they were kids, instead of for the children going to see the movie now. It also might be a bit hard to follow if you haven’t seen the first “Incredibles” movie. I definitely recommend seeing the first movie before seeing this one.
I usually think that most sequels have a hard time connecting to the first movie. Most of the time, they just feel unnecessary and disconnected with the original. This movie actually feels like a continuation of the first film. I think a lot of that is due to the original writer and director, Brad Bird, coming back to write and direct this sequel. It feels like this is a story that he might have wanted to tell in the first film and just ran out of time.
The plot and character development was very complex. We got to see Bob transform from the superhero in charge that he was in the first movie to stay-at-home dad who takes a secondary role to Helen. We got to see Helen change into an awesome superhero, from the stay at home mom she was in the original movie. The plot also follows Violet as she has to deal with not only being a superhero, but also a teenage girl who has to deal with dates and overbearing parents.
“Incredibles 2” is a great family movie that has a strong story, great characters; and will be entertaining for you and your entire family (or just you, if you were a fan of the first Incredibles). It earns 5 out of 5 stars.