'Incredibles 2': A Clever, Relevant, Guaranteed Box Office Hit
After a 14-year hiatus, Pixar will release the sequel to "The Incredibles" (2004), a beloved superhero movie about a society that made superheroes illegal. "The Incredibles 2" is set to be a gigantic hit, and audiences of all ages will find it hilarious, heartwarming, and surprisingly culturally relevant in 2018.
"Incredibles 2" launches right where "The Incredibles" ended fourteen long years ago, and the action — and animation — is even better than the original. Witty dialogue, strong character development, and hilarious moments with a super-powered baby combine to make an excellent film, deep and yet light-hearted -- and fun for the whole family.
The last movie focused on the struggles of a family forced by law to be normal. Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) has traded in his cape for an aggravating desk job while his wife Helen (Holly Hunter) stays home to take care of the kids — Dash (Spencer Fox), Violet (Sarah Vowell), and the baby Jack Jack (Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews). Mr. Incredible, the super-strong hero, spends his days commuting to work in a tiny blue car, while Elastigirl, the heroine who twisted criminals in knots, is literally twisted into knots herself by rambunctious children.
Dash, Violet, and Jack Jack all have super powers. Dash begs his dad to let him use them, but the society insists that "everybody's special." This societal platitude is blatantly false, but the villain Syndrome (Jason Lee) schemes to give everyone super powers through technology, declaring, "When everyone's super, no one will be."
The action-packed finale involves a family working together to defeat the villain. As director Brad Bird put it, "the superhero part is secondary to the roles you play in the family." Each character grows, learns to trust the family members, and together they save the world.
The sequel shifts in style and substance. If "The Incredibles" asked deep questions about super powers, "Incredibles 2" centers around public relations — and the use and abuse of technology.
Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk, best known for "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul") offers the Parrs and their friend Lucius Best (Samuel L. Jackson) a job — to help him make superheroes legal again. He launches a massive PR campaign to convince the American people — and countries across the world — to accept superheroes once again.
All the while, a techno-villain is rising. "Screenslaver" uses hypnotism and the Internet to remove people's free will and cause mayhem. "Superheroes are part of the problem," the villain explains. People "replace true experience with simulation," and eventually they "can't bring themselves to rise from their couches." The villain aims to destroy the Internet, to free people from technology.