In the endless stream of remakes and sequels that is the new normal for summer at the movies, here comes The Incredibles 2. Unlike most of it’s “another chapter in the story” brethren, this movie is well written. The thing is, its story beats are nearly identical to the first one.
Even though this movie is about the exact same thing as the previous installment, it’s still creates and expands on interesting characters, situations and does it in a different way than the first installment. This made me think about what Robert zemeckis said when making Back to the Future Part 2 and how the audience wants the same experience when they go see a sequel as they had the first time and The Incredibles 2 fits this tradition like a glove.
The reason it works is because the revisited story points are covered in broad strokes. For example:
- superheroes have conflict with the public
- conflict within the Parr family
- there’s a mysterious villian
- Edna makes a super suit
- Luscious’ wife complains about his super heroing
- Jack-Jack has powers?!?
And so on. The thing is, the subtext drives the relationship between the characters and the way the audience relates to them. It’s the reason the movie is a fun time at the movies instead of a tedious retread of something we’ve already seen.
At its core, The Incredibles 2 is a carbon copy of the original. It doesn’t quite reach the same heights, but then, what movie could? The original film (in what seems to be destined to become a franchise) is essentially without flaw. While this new entry hits all the right (even if the same) notes, the champ is still undisputed. But I still can recommend this movie to fans of the first one.
I can’t remember the last time I read a blurb about a movie and was this wrong. The Robot Chicken production company is making a stop motion movie starring Bob Odenkirk and Mila Kunis?!? And featuring Susan Sarandon? Yes please!
And then I saw the movie. Read the rest of this entry
I think its fair to say that Better Call Saul is exceeding my expectations. I don’t know what I expected… I guess I didn’t think it’d be as good as breaking bad. I thought it’d take a while for them to find their way… It is and it didn’t. The BCS team is killing it right now and they’re making it look easy. Here’s some of my favorite points and scenes from the show so far. Read the rest of this entry
What can one say about Nebraska? Well, it’s great. Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the cast are all spot on. The black and white really helps solidify the atmosphere – as does the soundtrack. There is one moment toward the end that I thought was cliche, but, had it not occurred, I think I would have been disappointed, so it’s a "damned if they do, damned if they don’t" sorta thing.
Yeah… that’s it. Go see Nebraska – I’m giving it a 9.5 out of 10; it’s a nearly perfect movie.
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