Main Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Brad Bird
‘Incredibles 2’ is a 3D action-adventure superhero animated film which extends the story of the Incredible Parr family as they continue to save the world by fighting crime undercover while also trying to keep up with their everyday lives as normal human beings. Released on 5th June 2018, 14 years after its prequel, the film focuses on the lives of the Parr family as Elastigirl is bestowed with the responsibility of fighting crime, whereas Mr. Incredible faces an even bigger challenge: taking care of his three kids at home.
After more than a decade, everyone’s favourite superhero family is back to save the world again… except that this time, saving the world also involves looking after the kids. Director Brad Bird is back to keep the legacy of ‘The Incredibles’ alive by bringing back some of the most iconic action scenes that struck the hearts of its viewers, however this time, instead of Mr. Incredible, the viewers get to see more of Elastigirl in action against the villain known as Screenslaver. The plot is solid, and the theme of the film is crystal clear: transcending traditional gender roles. One of the major changes that viewers have noticed is how the latest edition has mixed it up with the main characters in terms of their roles. Where the first film portrayed Mr. Incredible as the main superhero, ‘Incredibles 2’ changes the outlook as Elastigirl takes up the main charge against fighting supervillains. The stay-at-home dad strategy by director Brad Bird may not make sense to some of the fans, but it makes one realize that in the modern world, superhero and leading attributes can not be restricted to a specific gender. It also gives a clear message as to how stay-at-home parents don’t have it as easy as people believe. Taking care of kids is a tough job in its own entirety, particularly when one of the kids is literally a little monster.
Moving on to the main plot, the villain this time around, Screenslaver, Is clearly more of a solid foe. Unlike the prequel, Screenslaver isn’t some psychologically distressed fan of the Incredibles out for revenge, but a more intimidating character who hypnotizes people and makes them do whatever he pleases. In addition to that, he wears a proper mask, giving him more of a frightening look compared to Syndrome. One of the best parts of the film is the plot twist that comes in after Screenslaver is defeated. Just as we begin to realize that the film might be coming to an end, an even bigger enemy appears who was apparently controlling all of Screenslaver’s actions as well. That enemy turns out to be none other than Winston Deaver’s sister, Evelyn. Considering how this plot twist was completely unexpected, it’s fair to say that the director deserves credits for completely surprising everyone. Moreover, thanks to the twist, we finally get to enjoy how the three siblings work together after their parents become trapped under Evelyn’s hypnosis. With the help of their old family friend Edna Mode, Dash, Violet, and Jack-Jack aboard the ship which carries their parents and after some intense action, the kids finally manage to save their parents from the clutches of Evelyn and her plans to get rid of all the superheroes completely. The film displays numerous family moments which make the audience go “aww”.
Despite how the film is currently doing well in the box office, some fans have come out against the film as a whole. Pointing out towards the obvious change in parenting roles, the critics claim that the second edition of the series lacks originality and is more of a “people pleaser”. Moreover, the change of the film’s overall tone from children-friendly superhero action to violent and risky stunts have caused a feeling of concern for some of the parents who have watched the film.
All in all, one can admit that the director and producers have done a wonderful job in bringing back a film that has always held a special place in the hearts of its fans. The graphics are remarkable, the action is spectacular, and the new heroes we get to see are indeed Incredible.