Verdict: The incredible Parr family is back and it’s like they never left.
14 years was a long wait for The Incredibles sequel. And in Incredibles 2, our favorite superhero family, the Parrs, pick up just minutes after we left off in the first film. With over a decade of waiting, we couldn’t be more excited to find out what writer-director Brad Bird had to offer this time around.
What’s Incredibles 2 About:
Incredibles 2 begins where the Parrs left us in The Incredibles. Bob aka Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Helen aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) have to rescue the city of Metroville from its newest threat, the Underminer. But with superheroism being illegal, they are received with resentment rather than gratitude and are forced to go into hiding while living in a cheap motel.
But not for long because Telecommunications CEO Winston Deaver (Bob Odenkirk) and his tech-genius sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener) offer to give Supers a chance to redeem themselves. Elastigirl becomes the face of the campaign to bring Supers back and soon meets her match with a supervillain named Screenslaver. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible is battling the troubles of being a stay-at-home dad. From Dash’s math homework to Violet’s boy problems, he’s got his hands full. But what’s really challenging is Jack-Jack’s incredible superpowers that are starting to emerge. While realizing how to get a hold of his humorously out-of-control powers, our favorite superhero family is forced to come back out in the open in hope to restore their legal status as superheroes and stop the evil hypnotist Screenslaver.
As soon as we hear Michael Giacchino’s score in Incredibles 2, we’re already hooked. We’ve waited 14 years, but as far as Brad Bird is concerned, no time has passed. The first film’s epilogue is the prologue to Incredibles 2 bringing us right back to the fond memories of watching the Parr family back in 2004.
This time around, Helen is the breadwinner and Bob’s parenting skills are tested with a moody teenage daughter, an antsy son, and a baby with wildly unpredictable superpowers. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect recipe for a wholesome and entertaining adventure?
Incredibles 2 puts Elastigirl’s powers in the spotlight and, boy, is she brilliant! We get to see her full potential on her lone mission accompanied by her awesome Elastibike. Meanwhile, Jack-Jack continues to make us gasp with excitement with his ever-growing list of incredible superhuman abilities. The crowd favorite designer Edna Mode also returns with a short cameo without failing to steal the show.
But what makes this film truly memorable? Much like its predecessor, this sequel is definitely a refreshing take on the usual superhero caper with a fun family dynamic and a little bit of soul.
We’d love a part three and let’s hope we don’t have to wait as long for that one.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The Screenslaver is, at times, an underwhelming supervillain whose identity is revealed much later in the film, although we see it coming from a mile away. We also didn’t get enough of the uber cool Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). But we still had a blast because that left us with more time to be reunited with the incredible Parr family.
Why You Should Watch It:
Incredibles 2 is rare. Because this sequel is just as joyful, funny, and full of adventure as the original and it also managed to live up to our high expectations. Whether you’re just nostalgic or you love a fun adventure with your family, this one’s a must-watch!