The Incredibles, released in 2004, was a massive success and cemented Pixar’s place in the animated film industry. Directed by Brad Bird, it tells the story of a family with superhuman abilities. The movie grossed more than $600 million worldwide and received critical acclaim, mainly for its visual, animation, and refreshing take on the superhero genre. It helped Pixar in boosting their image to create more gigantic hits, such as Cars, Ratatouille, and Up.
However, Pixar’s golden streaks started to dwindle when it entered the 2010s. Their movies are still profitable, but excluding Coco and Inside Out, none of them left an impressive mark in pop culture. The Good Dinosaur was a major disappointment, while many felt that Cars’ sequels and Monster University are unnecessary and contrived. Many feared that Incredibles 2 would also disappoint after its announcement, but Pixar proved them wrong.
Incredibles 2 tells the story of the Parr family seconds after the events of the previous movie. After defeating the Underminer, the collateral damage caused by the fight outrages the city and causes the Superhero Relocation Program to be shut down. This shut down causes the Parr family and other superheroes to be financially vulnerable. However, Winston Deavor, a wealthy businessman, proposes secret missions for the Parr family to help their situation and gain public support.
It is almost jarring but also pleasing to see our beloved superhero family in the form of massively improved designs and animations. The strength of this movie is of course the visual, with fluid and kinetic animations, especially in the action scenes. The action scenes give you a sense of thrill and excitement, something rarely felt in animated films. They are exhilarating and riveting, and with great direction from Brad Bird, these moments never feel overcharged due to the tight control of its narrative beats.
In addition to heart-pumping action, it also gives you a great mix of family drama and comedy. Here we will see how Bob struggles with being a father, while his children commit funny shenanigans that will raise some laughs. The characters and their personality are fleshed out more. The iconic and beloved characters from the previous movie are also back in the sequel, such as Frozone and Edna “E” Mode.
When people hear about sequels, they might think that it will always be a step down from the original and is not needed most of the time, but Incredibles 2 proves otherwise. It is a fun mix of family drama, comedy, and exhilarating action. Incredibles 2 is not only a well-made animated film, but it also revitalizes the superhero and action genre, something that is very hard to achieve.