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Incredibles 2 is Pixar perfect

13 July, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

INCREDIBLES 2
Directed by Brad Bird
Certificate PG
☆☆☆☆

KA-POW! Pixar’s world-saving heroes are back after a 14-year hiatus – but they have lost none of their charm in this long-awaited sequel to their enthralling smash-hit debut.

You will recall they are the suburban American Parr family who have the same daily lives as the rest of us – except for the fact they all have amazing powers, but have been told by the authorities they are no longer allowed to use them for the public good.

We meet the Parrs as they are still having to disguise the fact they are superheroes, due to their type being illegal (see previous superhero plot lines such as the X-Men and Avengers). But then they get a call from mega-billionaire siblings (Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener) – a bizarre mixture of Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg and Bruce Wayne: tech giants with an eye for a populist approach to selling stories and getting us all addicted to screens, who have an interest in getting superheroes back on the streets as their own parents were slain by baddies as there were no caped crusaders on hand to save them…

Elastigirl (Holly Hunter, drawling her way through some terrific lines) is told by the pair that she can be the face of a new campaign to get super heroes to be given legal status, so she embarks on new crusades while Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson) stays at home to look after the kids. And what a job: we have Violet (Sarah Vowell) facing some teenage issues, little Dash (Huck Milner), who is beginning to be able to put a lid on his propensity for shooting about but has maths homework to complete, and then baby Jack-Jack, whose super powers are only just coming to the fore, with deliciously comic results.

Enter hoodlum Screenslaver, a mysterious baddie with a dastardly plot, and the Incredibles have to get together, use their powers and plenty of family-based teamwork to solve a mystery and save the world.

One aspect of the Incredibles is the Bewitched-style 1960s motif, which creates the feel of the world they inhabit. It is joyful and appears everywhere, from the interior design and the cars to the cover of the maths exercise book Dash struggles with. Add further comic relief from costume designer Edna Mode (voiced by the director) and this is just picture perfect.

The action is awesome, and the relationship between the Parrs is something we can all relate to. This film will thrill little ones and amuse adults. It is up there with the very best of Pixar works, and those who grimace and say oooh it’s not as good as the first need to stop and think about what they are looking for in a movie. The first was ace, and so is this – it’s a pleasure to be back following the adventures of the Incredibles.

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