Still A Family Affair
♦ Incredibles 2 is in UK cinemas from today, 13 July, and so Tripwire’s Editor-in-chief took a look at it…
Director: Brad Bird
Voices: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L Jackson
Fourteen years is a very long time between films and there was more than a little trepidation when Disney•Pixar announced that there would be a follow-up to the 2004 classic.
Incredibles 2 picks up pretty much where The Incredibles left off. The family are still operating underground but now Bob (Craig T Nelson) is left at home looking after the kids while Helen (Holly Hunter) goes out to save the world. She meets brother and sister Winston and Evelyn Deavor (Odenkirk and Keener respectively) who have a plan to reverse the law and allow superheroes to operate out in the open again. But of course, their agenda isn’t quite as benevolent as it seems.
When the first film came out, the cinemagoing audience had never seen anything like it before. So the follow-up has huge shoulders to stand on and so the question here is whether it can match its progenitor. The answer is that, while it isn’t quite as groundbreaking as the first one, it still manages to create a warm, enjoyable and intelligent animated movie that again manages to capture that spirit of comics the first one possessed. Nelson and Hunter continue to have great chemistry as characters and the addition of Odenkirk and Keener as the Deavor siblings works extremely well. Odenkirk has such a marvelous voice that his presence here is a welcome one. We even have fellow Better Call Saul star Jonathan Banks replacing Bud Luckey as the voice of Rick Dicker too. Jackson is good but he feels a little underused here. MIlner and Vowell as the Parr children have a little more to do here and the filmmakers have developed their personalities well. Even Jack Jack has his own story arc here which is cleverly weaved into the story here too.
Director Bird reprises his role as supercouturier Edna and he is fantastic just like he was in the first one. Visually, Incredibles 2 still has more flair and imagination than almost every other animated feature released in the past decade.
So fourteen years on and we have a more than worthy follow-up with some wonderful touches that will appeal to fans of the first one. You can’t capture lightning in a bottle twice but Bird and co get very close here. Considering its box office takings ($516m as I write this), making it the highest grossing animated movie ever, you can guarantee that we shall be seeing an Incredibles 3. Let’s hope that Bird can keep the momentum going and come up with something special again for a second sequel. And of course, perhaps an Edna E Mode TV spin-off would probably be well-received too. Welcome back Bob, Helen, Dash, Violet, Jack Jack Parr, Lucius and Edna too of course
Incredibles 2 is out in UK cinemas from today
Here’s our review of the first film too