Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Sequel to: The Incredibles
Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini, Barry Bostwick
Seen on: 3.8.2018

Plot:
Superheroes are illegal but that’s not keeping the Parr family from still doing their best ot help everybody. But the Deavor siblings (Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk) have hatched a plan on how to rehabilitate superheroism. To that purpose, they ask Helen Parr aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to become the public face of the campaign. That leaves Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) in charge of the kids at home. While Helen takes on her new role with gusto, Bob struggles as a stay-at-home dad.

Incredibles 2 is alright. It’s not a great film and at times it becomes a little too long, but it’s entertaining enough and has some very funny moments.

Film poster showing the "Incredible" family and Mr. Freeze in action mode.

I saw the first part, The Incredibles, back when it came out in 2004 and haven’t seen the film since. Although since it made a kind of renaissance on social media (I assume as the people who saw the film was kids grew up enough to create social media content), I got re-acquainted with at least parts of it. Still, my memory of the first part is hazy (I liked it – according to the notes I kept even then), so I can’t say if Incredibles 2 is at the same level or not.

But I can say that I did enjoy it, although I didn’t absolutely love it. It did make me laugh and even though I felt that it could be tightened and shortened here and there, it never got outright boring. Despite the fact that the plot was way too predictable.

Mr Incredible, Elastigirl and their children in superhero get-up.

But it is not the best sign when I can point out one thing that is definitely the best thing about a film (and I don’t have a hard time deciding about it). It feels like an “all eggs in one basket type of situation” which just as easily could go wrong. In this case, the eggs were Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) and his scenes – for me the absolute highlight of the film and no doubt about it. The fight with the raccoon alone had me in tears.

But it would have been nice if the film had more elements that worked as well for me as Jack-Jack did (and by extension, Edna Mode). But even if nothing was quite up there with him, it was high enough to make the film sweet and fun.

Jack-Jack and Bob Parr.

Summarizing: Enjoyable.

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