FILM REVIEW: INCREDIBLES 2
BY KYLE ARANGO
I remember seeing The Incredibles in theaters when I was seven years old. Fans have been waiting so long for this superhero family to return to see if it could pick up right where it left off, that most of us can already buy our own Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Directed by Brad Bird and staring all the original cast, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Bob Odenkirk, and Samuel L. Jackson, could they make a worthy sequel to the original? The answer is an emphatic yes! Incredibles 2 is one of the best sequels ever done and is a step above the already great original.
When the sequel was announced there was rejoice and everyone saying, “about time.” Now Pixar had to impress both the new children coming in to see it as well as the adults who were kids when they saw the original. In the midst of this superhero explosion we are currently in, it can be hard to come up with something that we have not already seen before. What Incredibles 2 does so well is it feels like the most realistic take on what life would be like if supers actually existed. They would be doing good but there would be repercussions. This was explored in the first film but in Incredibles 2, it is expanded upon. They want to bring supers back into the spotlight and convince the politicians that they are good for society. This is exactly what would have to happen in reality as everything is political and there is no escaping it.
The entire cast did not miss a beat. Though older, they make it feel as if their characters never left. Most of the characters are given great arc in the film. Elastigirl is now in the same position Mr. Incredible was in before where she gets to feel what its like to be a hero again. While doing this, Mr. Incredible is back home taking care of the family. The situations their characters are put in is so fascinating because their positions are not one you’d expect them to be in. Elastigirl must learn to cope with not being with her family while Mr. Incredible has to take care of the kids the way his wife did, and he is certainly not ready. Other characters like Violet and Frozone are given much more to do here and it is nice to see them in action and mature a bit more. Dash is the only character who really gets sidelined which is ok since the other characters are so dynamic.
Incredibles 2 is close to perfection due primarily to director Brad Bird, composer Michael Giacchino, and the character of Jack Jack. Brad Bird took these characters he created and elevated them in the sequel with a great story. His direction is bold yet modern and he brings us back into this world that feels updated without feeling like anything has changed at all. Giacchino’s score is magnificent as well. His choices of melody and beat make you engaged throughout and grabs your emotions and guides them from scene to scene. His theme for the family is iconic now and I find myself whistling it without realization. However, the one thing everyone will be talking about in Incredibles 2 is the baby Jack Jack. The baby now has a personality to him. Every single scene he is in is impeccable and you can’t help but watch him even when something else is going on. He is an adorable little baby who now has superpowers and watching them be in use is so much fun. He is the character you always wanted and would also want nothing to do with. Hands down, one of the best and irnonically does not speak a single word.
In the end, Incredibles 2 is a top-notch, exhilarating sequel that is as close to perfection as you can get. It improves upon the already terrific original in almost every way and brings back all the characters better than ever. I 100% recommend this film for everybody as you will enjoy it no matter what age you are. I hope we don’t have to wait another century for an Incredibles 3.