After their dealings with The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) are met with less than favourable reactions from the government and the public, Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) are approached by the Deavour siblings, who have a plan to legalise supers. Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn (Catherine Keener) - the heads of a major tech company - want to spearhead a campaign to promote the positive work of superheroes and they want Elastigirl to be their figurehead. Which means while Helen is out saving people, Bob faces his toughest challenge yet...staying home to take care of the kids.
It has been 14 years since the Parr family were last in the cinemas - the longest hiatus between movies in any Pixar franchise. The question is: was it worth the wait? Well in a word, abso-frigging-lutely! Incredibles 2 is rip-roaring fun from start to finish and more than lives up to its predecessor, in fact you could say it's on par (pardon the pun). The story picks up where the last one left off and simply continues this super-family's adventure, except this time they're fighting to change the law rather than simply working around it. Brad Bird demonstrates - once again - that he has a talent for whacky action movies. And all of the cast slip back into their old roles perfectly, as if these movies were made back-to-back. Spencer Fox was the only cast member not to return, his voice had deepened to much to play Dash. Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk are excellent as the newcomers, not to mention a whole host of new supers.
What I really like about Incredibles 2 is the role reversal. Bob, as Mr Incredible can handle just about anything, he's never afraid to jump in and save people, but the idea of being a stay-at-home Dad scares the living crap out of him. These make for some of the best scenes in the movie, all of the usual family drama but times 1000 thanks to everyone having super powers. It's especially fun watching Bob try to take care of Jack-Jack, who as we know from the end of The Incredibles is just beginning to discover his abilities. Watch out for the scene where Jack-Jack takes on the neighbourhood Racoon. Meanwhile, Helen is relishing being a superhero again, and it's here that Brad Bird brings us some incredible action. We're talking on scale with big budget superhero movies, the chase scene involving Elastigirl and her new Elasticycle would be just at home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thanks to 14 years worth of improved technology the visuals are spectacular - although the new animation does result in some creepy looking individuals!
If I did have one complaint, it would be that Edna Mode (Brad Bird) has too small an appearance. Too much of a good thing, I know, but Edna is arguably the best thing about The Incredibles. Her "No Capes" speech is my favourite part of the movie. It's because of this that you will sit there in anticipation, waiting for the moment when she appears. And there's no doubt about it, Edna is brilliant the entire time she is on screen, but before you know it she's gone.
Once again Pixar are on top form, bringing audiences fun-filled entertainment that will have the whole family in stitches. I sometimes wonder who will laugh more, the kids or the grown-ups. Incredibles 2 is action-packed and a lot of fun, it's a worthy follow up to The Incredibles and well worth the 14 year wait. Lets just hope we don't have to wait another 14 years to see the Parr family again!
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