WHO’S IN IT?
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, Sarah Vowell, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson.
Transpiring straight after the events that occurred in the first installation from some 14 years back (yes, it’s been that long), the sequel finds The Incredibles in a financially unstable state after they’ve been underground for a while, living in a dank motel room. When an offer from superhero-loving billionaire Winston Deaver (Bob Odenkirk) and his super-intelligent tech-genius sister (voiced by the redoubtable Catherine Keener) comes their way to act out a publicity stunt to reestablish superheroes, they give in and find that superhero-glory is going to come at a price. A smart villain named The Screenslaver (Bill Wise) enters the story, brainwashing people by hijacking screens and projecting hypnotic images, and The Incredibles (and chiefly Elastigirl) have to confront him.
WHAT’S THE DEAL?
This is, if not a superior sequel, a satisfying one; one that stands its own ground and is free from other superhero associations (consider the Marvel lot, people!). This means that it doesn’t come hounding and traumatizing you with post-9/11 scares and threats, and manages to be entertaining without being excruciating. Director Brad Bird finds actors from his first fare from 14 years ago enacting the very same characters (besides Huck Milner as Dash). If you’re game for a regular Disney Pixar family-outing with tons of really good visuals and superior storytelling, The Incredibles 2 should work out just fine with you. Disney Pixar have really stepped up their game when it comes to storytelling these days (Inside Out, anyone?) and that is too much of a good thing for us viewers! Oh, also, Edna Mode is back!
Holly Hunter as Elastigirl excels and is the MVP of this film. She is chosen as the one to take down the bad guys by Winston Deaver because she is more responsible and careful than her husband (much to his chagrin!); he stays home and looks after the kids. Mr. Incredible finds much at home, most important of which are baby Jack-Jack’s superpowers, which prove, for a lack of a better word – incredible!
The conversations between Elastigirl and Evelyn (Winston Deavor’s sister, voiced by the redoubtable Catherine Keener) are the heart and soul of the film and are full of wit and humor and make up the most interesting bits of this gigantic film (along with the zany action, of course!)
There’s a heartwarming love-angle to the film, which comes courtesy of a lingering, unrequited romance between Violet Parr (Daughter Incredible; voiced by the aptly named Sarah Vowell) and Tony (Michael Bird). Their scenes will make you swoon!
The Incredibles is keen on big ideas and tries to do too many things, given its huge cast, and only partially succeeds in doing that. What it does excel at, though, is pure popcorn entertainment chockfull of eye-popping visuals, slapstick humor, and spontaneous gags.
Also, it’s too much of a coincidence that anything Catherine Keener is in these days is really worth one’s time, and she proved it the last time around with Get Out. Watch this one if just for her sultry voice!