‘Incredibles 2’ Review: Pixar’s Sequel Almost Lives Up to The Original

★★★★

Pixar delivers a sequel to the 2004 classic that lives up to its name, and gets as close as good as the original.

Picking right after the events of the first film, ‘Incredibles 2’ finds the Parr family having to deal with the aftermath of what their powers can cause and the debate that arises with it. Helen is put front and center when she is offered a brand new job — and Bob has to stay and look after the kids.
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Brad Bird returns once again to helm this film, after a two-film break from animated films. My main fear going into this movie was the same probably everyone had: was it going to live up to the hype? Yes, ‘The Incredibles‘ is probably the film that left open the door the most for a sequel than any other Pixar film, and if it could work for those other franchises, why couldn’t it for this one? My skepticism became stronger once they announced they would follow the events right after the first film, squashing all theories that a potential time-jump could be happening. I just always thought the story was done in the first film, with closure for every single character. However, I’m glad to say I was proven wrong.
Bird applies his trademark 60’s charm and heartfelt story to a film that completely lives up to the original. What I like the most about this film, is the fact that it takes its time to continue each and every character’s arc with the same delicacy. Bird and company definitely know what the audience love, and they use that to their favor in what ends up being an amazing end result. While Bob was mostly the one on the action in the first film, this time Helen, voiced by Holly Hunter, leads most of it. Thankfully, it never feels forced, thanks in part for the excellent script that manages to set-up every character motivation with a lot of thought.
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I would go as far as to say that the first two acts were even better than the original, featuring non-stop action scenes at the level of the best ones in live-action, and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, mainly featuring Jack-Jack. It’s in the third act, unfortunately, where the film kinda falls apart for me. It just becomes a bit predictable, and the villain is in no way as good as Syndrome. In the end, that’s just a small hiccup in an otherwise excellent film.
As expected, the animation is top-notch, and it shines even more mixed with the bold visual choices they take, particularly with the very creative use of light throughout the film.
It’s by far a superior sequel than ‘Finding Dory’, which, in my opinion, was very mediocre. I just hope it’s not another 14 years to get the third one.

‘Incredibles 2’ is now playing nationwide.

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