Thank you to Disney Pixar Studios for the invitation to the advanced media screening to facilitate our Incredibles 2 movie review.
Fourteen years. That’s how long we have waited for this movie. Incredibles 2 is the movie we have been waiting for and the years were worth the wait. The sequel is everything you wanted it to be and feels like those 14 years never happened.
The Parr family is back in their Incredibles super suits right back where we left off from the first Incredible movie. We mean exactly where we left off but the view is a different point of view. Violet is frustrated with being given the task of baby sitting Jack-Jack instead of helping the fight. In her frustration she tears off her mask and is seen by someone she knows. Undoing the damage to protect her secret identity is a subtle nod to another fun movie, Men In Black.
Bob Parr is the leader of the Incredibles family and his strength and super power aptly gives him the name of Mr. Incredible. He is voiced by the ever so talented Craig T. Nelson. A man who hated working in a cubicle and secretly trying to help save the world is left with supporting his wife, also a superhero, by becoming a stay-at-home dad. Besides taking care of a baby who has uncontrollable super powers, the hardest part of his job is sitting on the sidelines watching his wife be the superhero. That is if you don’t count new math into the equation.
Helen Parr is Mrs. Incredible but she returns to the role of Elasti-Girl. Holly Hunter’s distinguishable voice leads the movie in a fun and exciting way that makes the moms in the audience want to cheer for her. She goes from a supportive role to the leading role when she is hand picked to be the new face of superheroes as they try to change the law in an effort to make superhero work legal again. Going back to work is a very difficult process for Elasti-Girl as she is torn between providing for her family, saving the world, and wanting to be there for her children. Her character’s heart echoes the difficult decisions that every woman faces when she becomes a mother. No matter your personal decision as a mother, everyone can completely understand her heart as she transforms into the powerful leading superhero the city needs.
Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are the Parr’s children but their roles are bigger in this movie, most notably Jack-Jack’s role. In the original movie not much was done with Jack-Jack unless you watched the bonus scene with the babysitter. Thankfully Jack-Jack is still a baby and we begin to see all of his super powers. Now, there is a chance he may have more. The exact number is revealed in the movie, but as he is a baby his powers are uncontrollable and makes for awesome moments that will leave you laughing out loud. Bringing Jack-Jack into the movie in a much larger role than before is a brilliant addition to the story line and the one character most hoped to have more screen time in this sequel.
Violet remains the typical teenager girl going through changes in life, yet is still required to sit on the sidelines and not be a superhero. Dash’s most hilarious moments are doing homework with his father. Math has changed since his father went to school and every parent in the audience can totally relate to these moments of not being able to figure out a simple math problem.
The three children are definitely a handful for Mr. Incredible whose strength and ability to fight crime are essentially useless when he is left to be the full-time caretaker of his children, ultimately challenging him more than any villain he has fought to date.
Lucius Best, otherwise known as Frozone, is the hilarious counterpart whose relaxed style continues to be an ever present supportive role who can use his powers of creating ice to change course. Samuel L. Jackson is well known for his role as Mace Windu in Star Wars and the Avengers movies, but his iconic voice and humor bring a much needed balance to the superhero trio. His character could easily have more screen time and still deliver an incredible performance without overshadowing the family.
The new villain of Incredibles 2
Screen Slaver is the new villain in Incredibles 2. You can’t have a superhero movie without a villain and although Screen Slaver is a formidable enemy, not knowing who he is makes him one tough character to beat.
The Underminer Returns
Although you should not be cheering for him, The Underminer returns and many audience members were delighted to see him again. His character is played by Pixar’s golden child, John Ratzenberger, who has made an appearance in every Pixar movie. My son was especially excited to see him, since he had an opportunity to chat with John Ratzengerger and asked a question about The Underminer. He loved sharing those moments with him and this makes this character even more special to see return. Will this be the last we see of The Underminer? We hope not.
Edna Mode Is Not Happy
The old saying that if Momma ain’t happy then no one is happy totally applies to Edna Mode. Having her character return totally solidifies this movie as one to watch again and again but she is not happy. Someone else designed Elasti-Girl’s new supersuit. One thing you learn quickly in this superhero world. Don’t mess with Edna Mode, Darling.
New Superheros Emerge
Watching new superheros emerge from the shadows is a delightful part of the story. Voyd is one of those self-proclaimed totally over the top super fans of Elasti-Girl who totally fangirls the moment she meets her. Brick has tremendous muscles she likes to use. Screech’s large eyes and revolving head are super but his name lends to his best super power. Krushauer has the power of telekinses and He-Lectrix shoots lighting bolts. Learning about their powers takes the audience through a journey where they admire some and really question the powers of others. Totally looking at you, Reflux.
Which Incredibles fan are you?
Fans are generally grouped into two categories. Those who saw it in the theatre for the first time and have anxiously been awaiting the sequel or those who saw it on DVD at home. Then there is a third group of people who have never seen the first one, which is typically the youngest of our generation. No matter which group you fall into, your family will absolutely LOVE this movie.
If you happen to fall into the secret geek category of people who dressed up like the Incredibles at Disneyland for their Halloween event, then please raise your hand. You deserve a front of the line pass to see this movie. My husband and I totally fall into this category and it was just so much fun.
Will adults like The Incredibles 2?
The Incredibles 2 is a movie that will make all children laugh and leave the theatre with a smile on their face, even if the child is the kid inside you. We can only dream that more Incredible movies are in the works, but we sincerely hope we do not have to wait another 14 years.
Parental Advisory (SPOILER ALERT)
You do not need to see Incredibles before going to the theatre in order to enjoy this film. Obviously it would be a tremendous benefit to help get a full understanding of who the family is, but you can totally see this movie first. Although we definitely recommend you do see both, as they are super fun.
Action and humor follow the path of the original movie so things will not be a surprise. Most families will absolutely enjoy the movie and see nothing wrong with it that would require a parental advisory. Enjoy the movie and laugh right alongside your children.
Our media screening was in 2D but we believe 3D would also be a fun way to view this movie.
Incredibles 2 is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language.
Incredibles 2 Movie Review by Kids
Be sure to watch the movie review by our Plugged In Kids below.
[quote]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.[/quote]
- Release Date: June 15, 2018
- Format: 2D and 3D
- Rating: PG
- Running Time: 1 hour 58 minutes
- Voice Actors: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Eli Fucile, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini, Michael Bird, Phil LaMarr, Adama Gates, John Ratzenberger, Bill Wise, Nick Bird, Paul Eiding, Barry Bostwick, Michael B. Johnson
- Director & Writer: Brad Bird
- Producer: John Walker, P.G.A., Nicole Paradis Grindle, P.G.A.
- Executive Producer: John Lasseter
- Studio: Pixar Animation Studios
- Image stills provided by Disney. Used with permission.