It’s hard to fathom the first film about The Incredibles 2 superhero team was released in 2004. As a result of the long wait, movie fans flocked to the theater to the tune of a $180 million box office opening weekend to view the 3D computer-animated “Incredibles 2”. Apparently not only were fans longing for the return of the animated heroes, but they were desperate for a film fit for kids of all ages. You can rest assured many of the kids in the audience were not even born at the time of the first films theatrical release. Thus kids and their adult companions can at last enjoy another big screen adventure with the superhero Parr family. The family consists of super strength hero Bob (Craig T. Nelson), his wife with stretching abilities Helen (Holly Hunter), children Violet (Sarah Vowell), who can vanish and project force fields, speedster son Dash (Huck Milner), and toddler Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), who possesses an assortment of powers. The film begins with the failure of the Parr family to defeat villain Underminer despite all their best efforts.
The fight with the Underminer has caused so much damage in the city, officials force the Parr family and all superheroes to adhere to their secret identities, forcing the family to relocate to a motel. Not long after their motel stay, Helen, also know as Elastigirl, is selected to openly fight crime in the city of New Urbem. Upon agreeing to take on fighting crime in the city, the family is moved to a new home, where Bob, Mr. Incredible, can look after the kids while Helen is fighting crime in order to win back the favor of the public and city officials. Bob is fine with the arrangement until he discovers Jack-Jack has super powers, but struggles with controlling the tot. Deciding he desperately needs help with Jack-Jack, Bob reaches out to superhero-costume designer and family friend Edna Mode (Brad Bird). Edna keeps Jack-Jack for awhile and designs a costume for the super-powered toddler. While Edna is helping Bob, Helen confronts the villain Screenslaver (what a great name for a super villain!), but all does not go as planned, and soon the entire Parr family is involved in the fight against the dastardly foe. The fight culminates in the expected victory, and will most certainly lead to a sequel, of which one hopes we don’t have to wait 14 years to enjoy.
The plot of the film is clever and fast paced, but allows for plenty of opportunity for all the characters to have moments to shine. The film has one especially shocking twist, which only adds to the excitement of the proceedings. I really enjoyed all the characters in this sequel, but the film is stolen by the characters of Edna and Jack-Jack. The scenes between the designer and toddler are priceless and hilarious, leaving me wanting the two to have a film of their own. Overall, “Incredibles 2” provides for a fun time at the movies for the entire family, and is a welcome respite from the heat of summer and the current depressing political scene. Welcome back Incredibles! (There has been an alert issued due to the film containing a sequence of flashing lights that may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy)
(Rated PG) *** 1/2