Cinema Spotlight: Incredibles 2
Review by Claire Hoenecke
With breathtaking visuals and heart pounding action, Incredibles 2 is well worth the fourteen year wait, even if it doesn’t quite measure up to the original.
The sequel picks up immediately after the events of the first film. The writers quickly tie up any loose ends left over from the original and move onto a new story filled with equal amounts of action and heart. The plot follows Elastigirl as she becomes the public figure in a campaign to legalize superheroes while Mr. Incredible learns how hard parenting can be. Furthering the drama, a new villain, the Screenslaver, arises to combat Elastigirl and the pro-superhero campaign.
Initially, the Screenslaver presents as a fascinating character with the potential to become an iconic villain, but the Screenslaver loses its appeal as more of the character’s origin is revealed. Despite the overall clever plot, the film’s surprise twist is predictable. Nevertheless, it is a great film with a fun story that raises real-life questions about equality, protesting, and technology.
As with all Pixar films, Incredibles 2’s animation is beautiful. With an aesthetic reminiscent of classic superhero comics, the animators create a detailed world that showcases both the advances of animation technology and the incredible talent of Pixar’s animators.
While it doesn’t match the original on all accounts, Incredibles 2 is deserving of its spot in the Pixar canon and serves as a model for what all family films should strive to be.
Incredibles 2 is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language.