We’ve all been waiting a long, long time for a sequel to the first “The Incredibles” movie. After a long 14 years, it finally came out – and it didn’t disappoint. Raking in over $500 million domestically in just the first 24 days after release, the movie has proven to be a box office success. With its witty script and state-of-the-art animation, The Incredibles 2 established itself as an indisputable success.
Unlike many other superhero movies, “The Incredibles 2” does well to inverse the gender-scheme. In the first movie, Bob, the father (Mr. Incredible), took on dangerous secret missions and was the character who furthered the plot, while Helen (Elastigirl) more or less focused on household duties. In the sequel, however, Helen finally takes the center stage while Bob tries to juggle the duties of taking care of his three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack.
Not only does this inversion provide an exciting twist to the cliche “superhero movie plot”, but it also highlights numerous problems in the patriarchal status quo where women are not allowed to prove that they can accomplish tasks just as well men do: in this case, fighting villains. “The Incredibles 2” distinguishes itself even further from other superhero films by incorporating witty writing and exciting moments, including, but not limited to, scenes portraying Helen’s badassery and the comic relief of Bob’s attempts to take care of his kids.
Helen and Bob aren’t the only ones struggling with their respective duties: their kids are also seen dealing with conventional, commonplace problems, such as stress coming from school. Violet’s rocky love life and Dash’s struggles with his math homework are everyday incidents that are relatable to all audiences, even non-superheroes. By including cuts that display a family of superhumans struggling through life, the director succeeded in making this movie even more intriguing and hilarious.
The plot, however, is where “The Incredibles 2” truly begins to shine. The main villain of the entire movie is the Screenslaver, who utilizes screens to hypnotize people and manipulate them into committing crimes. For a children’s movie, the topic Pixar approaches is quite deep – it’s a compelling allegory to the current world where social conditioning through the form of media is ubiquitous. The delivery of a such theme is also splendid – while it is a children’s movie, it genuinely is scary — when Screenslaver tries to attach goggles to the main characters in combat scenes, the entire atmosphere becomes creepy and unnerving to even older audiences.
As with any animated movie, the graphics of the animations are also an intrinsic part to the overall quality of the movie. Before the movie was released, there was a lot of attention focused on the teaser – specifically, Mr. Incredible’s arm when he held up Jack Jack. Once zoomed in, people could literally see the lint on his clothing. The movie maintains this quality for the entire two hours and reestablishes why Pixar is the leading producer in the animated movie industry by far.
All in all, “The Incredibles 2” is a great watch that only adds to the greatness of the first movie. Through its witty writing and quality animations, the movie is sure to meet the expectations of fans of the franchise.