Title: The Incredibles 2
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Director: Brad Bird
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures | Pixar Animation Studios
14 years after the original movie, The Incredibles return with a sequel, which is an incredible display of restraint in these sequel-happy times. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be long enough to come up with some original ideas, as the second film shares several plotlines with the original. This time it’s Elastigirl who is recruited to do superhero work by mysterious rich people, while Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids. And the kids, having demonstrated their value as supers in the first movie, once again have to demonstrate their value to their parents. Also, this movie uses trope of the father being incompetent at caring for children on his own, which is irritating, although it could’ve been worse.
What this movie does have is Jack-Jack, a very cute baby who is demonstrating that he has superpowers for the first time. And he has lots of different superpowers but as a toddler cannot really control them. Jack-Jack is the comic lifeline of this movie, and I particularly enjoy when he wrestles with a raccoon.
When I reviewed The Incredibles last year, I noted how it preceded the massive explosion of superhero movies of recent years, and how it influenced how the MCU, DCU, et al are tying in interpersonal relationships with action-adventure. Now the influence is going the other way as the action sequences in Incredibles 2 are inspired by what you might see in an Avengers movie.
Final thoughts: a fun and entertaining sequel, but Pixar and Brad Bird can do better than this.