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.
The Incredibles has quickly become one of my favorite movies of all time and is certainly my favorite digitally animated movie. From the big picture to the little details, The Incredibles has it all. The movie has amazing visuals, great voice performances, a wonderful, witty script (even the throwaway stuff in the background is gold, such as “Every time they run, we take a shot!” or “I may be below you, but nothing is beneath me!”) – hell, even the score is amazing. It’s truly a movie that will satisfy every member of the family as the jokes will please both kids and adults while the stuff that goes over the kids’ heads they’ll never even notice but the adults will appreciate. And how can you go wrong with a French villain named Bomb Voyage? You can’t.
Ah, movies – few things bring me as much joy. In celebration of this fact, I thought I’d share a list of my favorites… let’s say 13 movies I continue to enjoy that are from the ‘aughts,’ if you will – that is, movies that came during the period of 2000 to 2009 – which means this list will be dripping with Christopher Nolan flicks. Here we go, in no particular order: