‘The Incredibles’ has become one Pixar’s classic films since it came out in 2004. Over the years this is the film that most people have been clambering for a sequel. Director Brad Bird wanted to leave the film alone and move on to other live action adventures with ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ and ‘Tomorrowland.’ This film came out in a time before Superheroes were commonplace to see at the cinema. Though they were before that generation, the amount of asks to make another shows how well done this film was and how it has held up.
The film centers around two forced to be retired Superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl with their three Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. They are an average family with nothing but average powers. They struggle to live the everyday life of everyone else with mediocre jobs and supporting their own family and keeping their secret safe. The film has some great things to say about parenthood and the complexities between man and wife in being able to be supportive of another and to be able to be happy not only in a marriage but in life.
See? Now you respect me, because I’m a threat. That’s the way it works. Turns out there are lots of people, whole countries, that want respect, and will pay through the nose to get it. How do you think I got rich? I invented weapons, and now I have a weapon that only I can defeat, and when I unleash it…
The villain is so iconic as it has become the literally interpretation of toxic fandom of finding your heroes, them not living up to your expectations and turning on them. Jason Lee provides a great performance. Brad Bird does the voice of the iconic character of Edna Mode. Craig T Nelson and Holly Hunter bring a lot to their performances as Bob and Helen Parr. This is the nuclear family that everyone can relate to today in seeing themselves on screen in one way or another.
Michael Giacchino brings his first film score to screen that is now iconic. The style is very 60’s which is indicative of the animation style and artistic choices. The only criticism I have is seeing it all these later on the big screen and the animation is much duller than it is today — but that goes to show that a great story can go beyond bad animation/effects if it is done well.