BEIRUT: It’s not a common thing to have to remind an audience about the events of a film that was released fifteen years ago, in order for them to walk into the sequel prepared; but desperate times call for desperate measures.
As THE INCREDIBLES adventure came to an edge-of-your-seat finale, Syndrome was foiled—thanks to baby Jack-Jack and an ill-advised cape—and his jet exploded into a fiery ball, destroying the Parr family home; but the family was more bonded than ever.
It seemed like a happily-ever-after ending until someone called the Underminer declares “war on peace and happiness.”
What is interesting about the return of this superfamily is that since the release of the first film, the superhero genre has skyrocketed within the film and television industry with major franchises exploding and new heroes emerging every few months.
Yet, the reason behind the success of this family comes from the real-life struggles that they face: worrying about getting jobs, paying the rent, and juggling everything life throws at them.
Still set in the Midcentury-esque timeline, the nostalgic look is reminiscent of the spy-films of the 50’s and 60’s, and this is why INCREDIBLES 2 is as marvelous as it is.
With that in mind, the narrative strikes a balance between the adventure and the more ordinary aspects of family life; a tango between the mundane and the fantastic.
The film is even edited to reflect this duality, which aids in bringing the message and theme home.
Speaking of the film’s ideology, the opening does cause concern from a liberal political agenda area, but finds its true nature toward the film’s final moments, when the characters realize that success means a family has to work together and know their places within the way any family is structured.
Thankfully, the film doesn’t really force a serious tone, but rather delivers a fun-packed adventure animation film; more specifically, a well-made superhero film.
INCREDIBLES 2 doesn’t really allow the characters to do much evolving, specifically when it comes to Dash, Violet, and Frozone. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl do some minor evolving when it comes to them sharing each other’s’ loads as parents.
This leaves Jack-Jack.
Jack-Jack really steals the show with his shenanigans, as he begins growing into his own and exposes his superpowers, a multitude of them that offer some of the film’s most hilarious moments.
The villain of the film also packed quite a punch and delivered a secondary ideology – the blind worship of heroes as well as the danger of constantly looking at the screens.
The action set pieces are complex, beautifully choreographed, and well executed.
What makes them even more enthralling is the fact that the entirety of the crew is able to construct the sequences in a way that is able to relate the familial drama with the Marvel-esque action.
From the visuals of the landscape to our characters’ fashion, and from the vocal performances to the brilliant score, the entire team at Pixar ensured that every aspect of the feature was vibrant, engaging, and thrilling.
This is the perfect family film to watch this summer.
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