Should you go see Incredibles 2, you ask?
Yes, you should. Particularly if you loved the first one and need a good Pixar fix.
The highly-anticipated movie had exactly the right combo of high-speed action sequences and tender family bonding that we were all hoping for.
It also avoids the age-old problem that long-awaited sequels have when it comes to just repeating old jokes and patting themselves on the back. Incredibles 2 had the perfect amount of call backs to the first movie: just enough to invoke the nostalgia, not so much that you wish you had just watched the other movie in the first place.
Spoiler alert: I have very few complaints about this movie. Let’s be honest, Disney and Pixar have got this down to a science.
This time around, Mrs. Incredible, aka Elastigirl, takes center stage as the movie’s major hero, and must temporarily leave her family to protect their futures. Meanwhile, her bumbling husband reluctantly takes on the role of primary caregiver to three superhuman kids.
The movie’s central role-reversal elevated the original Incredibles concept to new heights and gave the otherwise predictable plot room to grow.
As their story unfolds, the film takes on even larger issues, like government’s ability to police and devalue minority groups (in this case, “supers”), our society’s addiction to technology and media, and even feminism.
The movie is about family, sure. But it’s also about so much more than that. It offers much more wisdom than you bargained for, all without shoving any lessons down your throat.
And while I won’t nitpick about the movie’s inconsistently-written dialogue or animation, I have to give at least one criticism.
As with so many long-awaited and hyped up sequels, the full experience—that is, the sum of this movie’s parts—fails to meet the precedent set by it’s predecessor.
Simply put, it Incredibles 2 was a fun, visually beautiful and well-written movie, but it’s no Incredibles (1).