Review: The Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

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The Disney Pixar juggernaut is back and thanks to Cineworld we managed to see it 3 weeks before its full release in the UK.

The first and most obvious question is whether or not the sequel is as good as the first, I won’t beat about the bush in my opinion it’s not as good. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a damn good movie, it’s just flawed in certain aspects which drag it down compared to what was a near masterpiece in the first outing.

There are thematic threads within the plot which are incredibly similar to the first film, so much so that you could almost call them identical. Whilst that was slightly disappointing, and made for a pretty predictable movie at times, there were enough differences and fun to be found that it stood out on its own just about enough.

As usual the most redeeming feature about the film was the Parr family. But there was a noticeable shift in the dynamic of the family this time around. Elastigirl took centre stage for the majority of the movie, and whilst that’s not a bad thing thanks to her being a really strong character, it did feel as though everyone else was relegated to a secondary player in the story as a whole. Surprisingly the person who suffered most from this was Dash. I don’t know whether Pixar were cautious about giving him too much screen time after the re-cast, but it felt as though he was barely in the movie at times. Mr. Incredible’s story really revolved around Violet and Jack Jack, so maybe the surge in screen time dedicated to the baby of the family meant that Dash had to suffer for it.

Not that I’m going to complain about Jack Jack stealing some of Dash’s screen time, because any scene with Jack Jack in was consistently the funniest thing happening. There were some genuinely laugh out loud moments involving the baby, and the best fighting scene in the entire film is dedicated to Jack Jack vs. a Raccoon.

The villain of the movie, as I said earlier, was a predictable reveal and didn’t come anywhere near as close to being the unforgettable big-bad that Syndrome was in the first film. But they weren’t an awful villain and I certainly appreciated the depth they were given as a character, it’s just a shame that a lot of it was cliched. The supporting cast were outstanding again and Frozone and Edna Mode might actually be some of the best characters in the entire franchise.

As you come to expect from big-budget movies these days, even animated ones, the music was incredible (pun intended). Michael Giacchino consistently hits it out of the park with his work these days and he’s quickly becoming one of my favourite composers currently working.

Overall The Incredibles 2 was a great, if slightly flawed, movie filled with emotion, laughter, and action. If you’re a fan of the first film or Pixar in general then this is certainly one for you, and if you’re a fan of the Superhero movie at large then I’d also thoroughly recommend it.

Final Score: 8/10 Porgs
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