Incredibles 2 (2018)

BRAD BIRD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2018.  , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

It’s been fourteen years since their first onscreen adventure, but as the aging effects of animation are nowhere near that of real life, it’s possible to pick up merely seconds after the end of the 2004 Oscar winner without much issue.  Still unpopular with the law for their well-intentioned but chaotic methods of stopping evil, the Parrs are faced with the prospect of having to go straight again after getting arrested and learning that their superhero program has been shut down.  Things look up when they are approached by a tech-company billionaire () and his sister () who offer them the chance to take part in high-profile crimestopping efforts that will give superheroes a good name and influence the changing of the laws banning their existence.  Mom () heads to New York where her fighting the evil plans of someone known only as “Screenslaver” start to get the attention of the populace and a number of prominent politicians; back on the west coast, dad (is depressed over his best days being over, the exhaustion of having to look after a hyperactive son, a depressed daughter and the increasingly multi-powered baby Jack-Jack.  The twist in the plot that constitutes the big reveal about the villain is hopefully meant to only be a surprise for your kids, it’s hard to see how anyone else couldn’t see it coming a mile away, but while Brad Bird’s plotting lacks as much invention as his themes lack subtlety (is it wrong to break the law when the law is wrong, asks an artist in the Trump era?), there is no doubt that a number of sequences pop right off the screen with creativity and excitement.  A helicopter chase and a sequence aboard a hydrofoil are just a few of the remarkably dazzling ways that Bird finds to put a new spin on an old tale, retaining the gorgeous retro-sixties look of the first film and including a great deal of family-friendly humour to make it go down smoothly.

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