• Melissa Kartini

Movie Review: "Incredibles 2" Worth the 14 Year Wait

  • Genre: Action/Adventure/Animation

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Language: English

  • Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Ja

After 14 years of waiting, "Incredibles 2" is one of those few animated films where the adults are more excited about it than the kids are.

Because come on. Who could forget the first film, where the beloved characters burst across the screen, full of life, personality and attitude? When Mr Incredible was dying to relive his superhero days; Mrs Incredible was trying the best she could to help her children lead as normal a life as possible; and when the children themselves (Violet, in particular) had their own share of problems?

"Incredibles 2" is our chance to see these characters again, and boy are we glad that they're back.

What is it about?

Everyone's favourite family of superheroes is back, and this time around, they're trying to balance regaining the public's trust in superheroes with their normal civilian lives. And much like the first film, one of the Incredibles is recruited by a rich employer to carry out superhero work; but unlike the first film, the person who has dibs on the job is Mrs Incredible, much to her husband's dismay.

With Mrs Incredible back out on the field to not only carry out her superhero duties but to advocate for the rights of superheroes, Mr Incredible has to look after the children. A job that is easier said than done, he soon finds out.

But while Mrs Incredible does all she can to ensure that superheroes would be legal again, she soon encounters a new villain who seeks to turn the entire populace against the supers. Will she be able to face this villain on her own? Or will the rest of the Incredibles bust in to help save the day?

Is it worth a watch?

The first thing that one cannot help but notice about "Incredibles 2" is how amazingly detailed the animation is. The film that came out in 2004 was undoubtedly beautifully animated, but spectacularly enough, the second installment managed to top that. It is not just every strand of hair that was so painstakingly animated, it is every thread of fabric as well. The amount of work that had been dedicated to the artwork simply cannot be denied, even from a simple glance.

Beyond that, "Incredibles 2" manages to maintain all the ingredients that made it lovable in the first place. Vibrant characters with strong, distinct personalities; fun, light-hearted humour; and an easy-to-follow plot.

However, as mentioned, the focus has been shifted onto Mrs Incredible instead. With Mrs Incredible stepping into the role of both superheroine and sole breadwinner of the family, Mr Incredible has taken up the job of caring for their family. From wiping Jack Jack's every line of drool to dealing with Dash's befuddling Mathematics homework to fumbling over Violet's latest teenage tantrum, Mr Incredible has his hands quite full. It is endearing, though, to see him bond with his children in a way we've not seen before. And of course, to watch him hilariously try to handle Jack Jack's plethora of (deadly) abilities.

If there is any criticism to be had for "Incredibles 2" (and there is one), it is that the villain falls a bit flat in comparison to the more sinister Syndrome from the first film. Certainly, a film for a young audience doesn't have to be a deep thinker, but the identity of the villain is almost a bit too obvious.

All in all, though, a wonderful film worthy of standing side-by-side its predecessor, if one that somewhat lacks in terms of a more dynamic main villain.

“Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2” is in cinemas!

©2018 Disney/Pixar

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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