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Incredibles 2 Movie Review

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June 14, 2018

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Incredibles 2 Movie Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Jun 14, 2018
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

Kidzworld saw the fun animated film Incredibles 2. Do you remember the first one? Does this one have action, heart and humor? It’s time to review!

By: Lynn Barker

In Incredibles 2, it’s crimefighting vs. problems on the homefront for the Incredibles superhero family Bob (Mr. Incredible, voice of Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Elastigirl, voice of Holly Hunter), Dash (voice of Huck Milner), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and baby Jack-Jack. Elastigirl is chosen to go back to work fighting baddies while spearheading a campaign to regain public trust in “Supers” who have been outlawed. Bob has to take care of the kids at home and manage Jack-Jack’s growing and impressive superpowers.

Bob is thrilled that Jack-Jack has powersBob is thrilled that Jack-Jack has powersCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

Homeless?

Teen Violet’s would-be boyfriend Tony (Michael Bird) gets his memory of Violet wiped out by Superhero protection program operative Rick Dicker (Jonathan Banks) because he saw Violet and family in their Incredibles costumes fighting baddie the Underminer. They do a lot of damage in their effort to stop the villain from robbing Metroville Bank so Dicker tells the family that his department’s “Super Relocation” program is being shut down and the undercover Parr family of Incredibles will be homeless in two weeks!

Evelyn and Winston Deavor want to aid superheroesEvelyn and Winston Deavor want to aid superheroesCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

New Mission

Bob and Helen, along with pal Lucius Best/Frozone (Sam Jackson) are contacted by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), a superhero fan and telecommunications tycoon, along with his techy sis Evelyn (Catherine Keener). They propose some publicity stunts that will gain back the public’s support of “Supers”. Elastigirl, whose powers are considered the least destructive, is chosen for this “mission”.  Bob feels a little insulted that, as the strongest Super, he wasn’t picked.

Care of Jack-Jack is exhausting BobCare of Jack-Jack is exhausting BobCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

On the Homefront

When Elastigirl agrees, Winston gives the family a fancy new home and Bob has to offer to take care of the kids while Helen is on her mission. Like a fish out of water, Bob has trouble wrangling all the kids and dealing with their problems. A big one is the discovery that Jack-Jack has multiple superpowers! Violet is stood up for a planned date by Tony (who doesn’t remember their relationship) and is devastated. When Elastigirl/Helen saves a hover-train and its passengers from disaster, she is hailed by the press. Bob is glad but jealous.

Elastigirl races to save the runaway hover-trainElastigirl races to save the runaway hover-trainCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

Screenslaver

Having trouble controlling the multi-powered Jack-Jack, Bob takes him to Edna Mode (Brad Bird), family friend and superhero costume designer who creates a protective and controllable suit for the baby. Meanwhile, Elastigirl goes up against Screenslaver, a mystery baddie who hijacks TV and other screens to project hypnotic messages that brainwash civilians and Supers. She rescues an ambassador from his clutches and defeats him only to learn that he was just pizza delivery boy who doesn’t remember being Screenslaver.

Desperate, Bob takes Jack Jack to Edna ModeDesperate, Bob takes Jack Jack to Edna ModeCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

Outcome?

Dad Bob’s attempts to reunite Violet and Tony fail and the real Screenslaver villain captures Elastigirl on Deavor’s huge hover-yacht now headed to ram into the city. The Incredibles plus Voyd (Sophia Bush) and some other newbie Supers, have to come to the rescue. Will they stop Screenslaver? Will the Supers again be legalized? Will Violet win back a clueless Tony?

Violet can protect the family with her force shieldViolet can protect the family with her force shieldCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

Wrapping Up

Incredibles 2 is accompanied by a short Pixar film called Bao in which a lonely Chinese cook gets a second chance at parenthood when a Chinese dumpling comes alive as a human son. Like almost all of these Pixar shorts it is sweet, heartfelt and cute but a bit confusing this time around.

Bao is a Chinese dumpling come to lifeBao is a Chinese dumpling come to lifeCourtesy of Disney•Pixar
 

The return of the Incredibles after 14 years is, overall a success. Action sequences are worthy of a good live-action superhero film and scenes like baby Jack-Jack (who steals the film) fighting a wild and wacky thieving raccoon, really bring the needed comedy element. The early James Bond era style musical score (by Michael Giacchino) really adds to enjoyment, especially the individual theme songs for the major super characters.

Elastigirl meets Voyd and other new SupersElastigirl meets Voyd and other new SupersCourtesy of Disney•Pixar

A lot of the plot is something we’ve seen before. For example a “Mr. Mom” having suddenly to be the stay-at-home dad and a villain who uses screens to hypnotize victims into obeying and helping him/her carry out some diabolical plan. The true-to-life family challenges, however, will help you relate to the film and there is something in it for all ages to enjoy (Teens will relate to Violet’s anguish at being stood up for a date).

Incredibles 2 isn’t the best or most creative Disney•Pixar film to come along but it is certainly entertaining enough. We can go four stars.

Incredibles 2 Movie Rating: 4

Courtesy of Disney•Pixar

See Incredibles 2 in theaters now!

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