Once upon a time, we met The Incredibles – Bob/Mr. Incredible, Helen/Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack Jack. Now 14 years later and literally seconds where we left off in the first movie, we meet them all again! This time we get to meet some new characters as well as some old favorites like Frozone and Edna.
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
I had the opportunity to see the film last week while in L.A. I went in very optimistic that they would do the first movie justice and I got my wish. They did it justice and then some!
**Before I get into my thoughts, there has been a seizure warning placed on the film for fans with epilepsy.
The Incredibles 2 is the female superhero story we need today. In a climate where women are fighting back and taking a stand against injustice, we finally have a woman character who is doing the same. In the sequel, Helen takes a job outside of the home leaving Bob to take care of the children. This is very rare in modern movies, animated or not. It’s not that it’s not happening, men taking care of the family, it’s just that it’s not shown as much.
In the film, we get to see the dynamics of the family and how they all, once again, band together to save the world from evil. When we meet up with them again, superhero’s are still outlawed and they must conceal who they really are. Another hot topic in today’s world, having to hide who you are. I feel like they tackle this in a way that everyone can relate to and without being overt.
What I like most about that is the fact that this family is engaged. Craig T. Nelson also commented about that in his interview that I posted earlier this week. The family isn’t tuned out to what the others are going through, they are all present and not stuck on computers or with their heads looking at a phone. I love that, I love seeing families together, going through normal problems like childcare, teenage angst and even fighting the bad guys.
We get to meet a couple of new characters in this movie, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) who both run Devtech and who are presented as superhero advocates like their Dad was. Of course, things change and we get to see the action and adventures the Incredibles are known for.
We also get to see our favorite friends of the family, Frozone and Edna and a few new superheroes, most notably Voyd, voiced by Sophia Bush, who fangirls over Elastigirl and has some slick powers of her own.
As far as what to watch out for I think they may have said “hell” but that was about it for language or what I consider to be language. As for violence, there is some, cartoon violence, so the usual fights, weapons and explosions. If you are worried about adult themes, there were a few scenes that contained adult drinking and of course, Edna with her long cigarette.
I really loved it, it was funny, heartwarming, action-packed and a fun ride that kept me on the edge of my seat. I also laughed hysterically at Jack Jack, and you will too. Definitely worth the 14 year wait.
IN THEATERS JUNE 15TH!
STAY SOCIAL WITH THE INCREDIBLES 2
Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expense trip to LA by Walt Disney Studios to attend these events. All opinions are 100% my own.