Film Review: "Incredibles 2" continues to be super incredible
Originally published 6/13/18 in Spanish on La Jornada Latina.
“Incredibles 2” ★★★★½
After 14 years, The Incredibles continue to be that... incredible.
In 2004, when the "The Incredibles" premiered, comic book movies were beginning to improve. Pixar comes along, already with various hits like "Toy Story", "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo", and improved the superhero genre. (continued)
Pixar is back with sequel and they refuse to fail.
Generally, sequels that are delayed so long don't satisfy us. We may feel the characters out of place. Or the film uses the same formulate as it predecessor but it simply does not work.
This is not the case with "Incredibles 2". It may be because the story takes place immediately after the events of "The Incredibles", or it may be Disney and Pixar's magic that won't allow this incredible family fail.
"Incredibles 2" starts with the Parr family saving the city from The Underminer, the villain with which "The Incredibles" ended.
Even after saving the city, due to so much destruction, the Parr family has to hide once again.
We meet Winston Deavor, a multi-millinionaire who with his sister Evelyn Deavor want to bring back superheroes and give them the recognition that they deserve.
The main plot revolve around the matriarch of the family, Helen Parr. Winston wants to use Elastigirl (Helen) but this does not bode well with the patriarch, Mr. Incredible (Bob Parr).
Bob doesn't want to stop being Mr. Incredible. He however decides that his wife should be the hero that not only regular people need, but also for superheroes. He decides to stay home to take care of their kids: Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack.
It's not easy for Bob to be a stay-at-home dad. He's got to deal with his daughter's boy problem, with his son Dash's homework (math is math, right?!), and with all the work that comes with taking care of Jack-Jack. (continued)
And here we have the star of the movie: Jack-Jack. In "The Incredibles, we (the audience) found out that the normal baby in the family is, in fact, not normal. We were introduced to Jack-Jack's super powers. The Parr family, however, had not kown about this until Bob began staying home.
It's discovered that Jack-Jack has many powers: lasers, can teleport and can transform into a little monster, plus many other abilities. It's both exciting and scary.
Lastly, we can't forget Elastigirl's nemesis: Screenslaver.
Screenslaver wants to control people's minds through screens, something not very difficult nowadays that we're all hooked each and every day.
Screenslaver wants to rid The Incredibles since people prefer that they save them instead of doing what's necessary in order to change the world.
Unfortunately, when we find out who Screenslaver really is, it's a bit disappointing since it's kind of expected.
"Incredibles 2" is fun, fascinating and doesn't stop. Fans of the original will see those familiar characters like the Parrs and their family friend Lucius Best/Frozone, along with superhero designer Edna Mode.
It's nostalgic to see them after 14 years, even if in The Incredible's world, it's only a day or two in between.
"Incredibles 2" really is incredible.
"Incredibles 2", with the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Brad Bird, premiers Friday, June 15, 2018.