Swanner: The Incredibles 2 starts where we ended the last film. Supers are still illegal even though villains are still roaming the streets. Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is approached by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) a business man who wants to make the Supers legal again. Deavor also recruits Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to start a campaign of Super rescues that they can show on TV to build up support for the Supers. Little do the Supers realize that there is a new super villain named Screenslaver that is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Judd: The first Incredibles set an incredibly high bar, and with all the fantastic super hero movies that Marvel is putting out, Disney Pixar has a lot more competition than they did 14 years ago. The set pieces and visual design are just as Googie-styled stunning as they were the first time around, and Pixar again turned to Brad Bird to write and direct, hoping to strike gold twice. The question is, “Did they?”
Swanner: YES! I thought they made a lot of good decisions going into to this sequel. First, they made Elastigirl the main super. And instead of Mr. Incredible breaking up buildings, he gets to do homework and deal with his daughter’s boy problems. He also gets to deal with Jack-Jack, who till now hasn’t shown any powers, till now. Jack-Jack’s raccoon fight reveals all of his powers, and is hysterically one of the highlights of the film.
Judd: I agree that Pixar stuck gold again, and this sequel is as good as the first. If there are any complaints to be made is that the movie feels a little too familiar to the first, but with the roles reversed, and the villain is easy to deduce. Though I think Bird did a fantastic job buying time by introducing Screenslaver later in the movie. The first third of the movie focuses on the family and their uncertain future. It was a good way to reacquaint us with old friends.
Swanner: The storyline is also familiar with the wife going back to work with the husband staying at home, but good is good. The kids have a much bigger part in this one and I’m fine with that. They were funny and actually moved the storyline. I would have liked more Frozone and Edna but I’ll take what ever they give us. Overall, I’m so happy to have the Incredibles back and I hope part three doesn’t take as long to be made but Incredibles 2 was worth the wait.
Judd: There could have been more Edna, and I think there could have been more “silly” extra Supers like Reflux, but that certainly doesn’t detract from the film. I can’t say that I would want to see a third one made, because this has such a conclusive and satisfying ending – though who knows… We didn’t stick around for the end credits!!!
Swanner 4 stars
Judd: 4 stars