'Incredibles 2': A Review

Updated on July 9, 2018

Anyone who is a fan of movies, or really entertainment of any kind, likes The Incredibles. It is an achievement in pretty much every facet, the story and characters were next level for a children's animated movie, The animation is still mind blowing 14 years later and was a technical achievement unmatched at the time and what has really helped The Incredibles reach masterpiece level over the years is the incredible attention to detail that still permeates r/moviedetails and the rest of the internet.

So when Incredibles 2 was announced, a lot of people had reservations, rightly so. We have become over saturated with massive sequels, often ones that are unnecessary money grabs and we all held our collective breaths, hoping Incredibles 2 would not fall to the same fate.

I won't make you read any further without letting you know that Incredibles 2 is great, like really great. Now you can turn that 2 year long held breath into a sigh of relief, because not only is Incredibles 2 a great movie, but for all the right reasons.

Incredibles 2 starts 3 months after the defeat of Syndrome and the events from the first movie. Super Heroes are still illegal and the Parr family finds themselves forced to don their Incredibles garb to fight Underminer, a burrowing baddie who is robbing a bank using some heavy duty drilling equipment.

After failing to catch Underminer, opting to derail the massive drill sent headed straight for a building full of innocent people, The Incredibles are arrested and told the damage they cause and insurance bill they accrue is not worth the crime they stop, and learn that the "super relocation" programing that keeps them working as "Supers" is being shut down.

This leaves the Parr's relocated to a motel and contemplating giving up being Super's for good. That is until old friend Frozone tells them that there is someone who is interested in trying to bring Super's back to the limelight. When Elastigirl is selected to be the poster child of this new wave of Super's rather than Mr. Incredible, roles are switched and it is Bob who must stay at home with the kids while Helen saves the world.

I wanted to get that far in my summary because Mr. Incredible taking care of the kids while Elastigirl re-vitalizes the trust in Super's is the real sticking point of the plot. The role reversal does not only juxtapose each of their beliefs about how to proceed being humans with super powers, in a world that does not want them.

Writing in animated children's movies is, understandingly, not very good. They are aimed to please humans whose brains have not fully developed yet, and while there are some children's movies that do a great job of mixing a good message for the future leaders of the world in with a bunch of frankly hackey jokes, they are few and far between.

The Incredibles is one of those few and so is the sequel. The plot is simple, but complex enough to keep you interested even if the big twist is pretty plain to see. The dialogue and pacing are also top notch and there really are few if any cheap jokes in the entire movie. I would say this was the most impressive part of the movie for me but I would be lying....

...Because man oh man is the attention to detail off the charts in this movie. The way the Chinese food containers become saturated with MSG or the absolutely unnecessary but incredibly satisfying tire marks left from a motorcycle riding on top of a train does something to make this movie feel more alive than maybe any other animated movie I can remember.

I'm sure you would have to watch this movie 100 times over to catch half of the little things like this that the amazing animators at Pixar threw into Incredibles 2, which is one of my favorite things a movie can do. And halfway decent flick can entertain you on the first viewing, it is the real special ones that demand and get better upon multiple viewings.

With nearly everything about this movie being so great you would have no reason to think any differently about the voice cast. Nearly everyone in the family is back for the second go around and the new additions do a great job at adding something new to the formula.

Sarah Vowell brings her slightly annoying if not incredibly accurate deadpanish high school girl voice to Violet and Huck Milner takes the reins flawlessly of the troublemaker Dash. Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson are absolute professionals as well as Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener who join the cast this time around, and director Brad Bird returns voicing his iconic character.

The way I see it, Incredibles 2 is a perfect sequel. It expands on the original story without trying to make everything bigger the second time around, in fact it probably does the opposite. The characters are really explored and have a new layer added to them that we did not see in the first movie.

Incredibles 2 should satisfy both mega fans and casuals, the plot keeps almost anyone from any age group interested and the perfect mix of family and superhero life is somehow even more interesting this time around. Everyone making movies should take notes, not just on how to make a great sequel, but how to make a great movie, because the folks over there at Pixar making Incredibles movie seems to have it all figured out.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)