Fourteen years after Disney/Pixar gave us the smash hit animated adventure The Incredibles, the superhero family are back – and while time may have passed for us, for them things pick up exactly where the original movie left off as Mr Incredible/Bob Parr (Nelson), Elastigirl/Helen (Hunter) and their kids Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack take on the Underminer, who is intent on robbing the Metroville bank.
Unfortunately the government is none too impressed by the trail of destruction left behind, and the Parrs are left sharing a room in a motel (remember, their home was destroyed in the first movie) until benefactors Winston and Evelyn Deavor come along and offer to help improve their superhero images by sending Elastigirl off on missions while Bob stays at home minding the kids. And after a daring rescue she discovers there is a new bad guy in town named the Screenslaver, and it may take more than just one member of the Parr family to defeat him.
Fans of the first movie will be glad to hear that this is just as fun and gorgeous to look at as the original, and while there is a little slow spot after the smashing Underminer opening, once things pick up it’s even pacier than The Incredibles.
There’s some nice new vocal talent on board, including Keener and Odenkirk, as well as the welcome return of Jackson as Frozone and writer/director Brad Bird as fashionista Edna Mode. It’s likely, however, that most audiences will fall in love with another character – the adorable Jack-Jack, who becomes more than a handful for tired parent Bob when he starts exhibiting baby superpowers than include laser eyes, the ability to jump dimensions and also to turn into a sort of fiery devil baby. One of the funniest sequences in the movie is Jack-Jack’s one-on-one with a racoon, and it is worth the price of admission alone.
Once again, Bird has delivered a true family movie that really does have something for all ages – action, laughs and excitement, and of course, the extra-super Jack-Jack, too.
Is Incredibles 2 suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young children (under 6) may be concerned for the Parr family during the various fight scenes in the movie.
Young and sensitive children may be upset by a flashback sequence in which a character explains how his father was shot by burglars, though the assault is not shown.
Sensitive children may be upset when some of the superheroes are turned into villains. When they are villains, they wear goggle-type glasses that may also frighten very young viewers.
PLEASE NOTE: there are some strobe effects in the movie.
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