Round Two for Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles!’

I’m a sucker for one big thing: Disney animated films. After 14 years of waiting, the family of supers comes to life onscreen again in “Incredibles 2.” Brad Bird previously directed “The Incredibles” and the critically acclaimed “The Iron Giant” and “Ratatouille.” His most recent film, “Tomorrowland,” returned him to his post at Pixar Animation Studios to helm this much-anticipated animated feature.

“Incredibles 2” is a comic-adventure that picks up immediately after the first film. As writer/director, Bird is in charge of bringing the story to life. The characters return to fight for justice, but this time they’re doing it to get the supers and themselves accepted by society again.

Bob Parr, known as Mr. Incredible, stays home to take care of the house and three kids while his wife Helen goes out on a secret crime-fighting mission. She discovers a villain who is hacking into computer systems and brainwashing the citizens with the intention of wiping out the supers once and for all. Helen must find the perpetrator to restore the community to glory. Enough has been said about the kids with high-speed abilities, force-field skills and multiples of powers coming from the baby. The kids’ characters have some real fire when trouble is brewing.

The plot of “Incredibles 2” is similar to the original but reverses the role of Elastigirl. This film gave me a mighty laugh from the beginning. Bird, along with producers John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle and executive producer John Lasseter, have done an incredible job of maintaining the storytelling. Bird is said to not make a film or a sequel that would get bad reviews from critics or audiences.

“Incredibles 2” features the returning cast of Holly Hunter (Helen Parr/Elastigirl), Craig Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible), Brad Bird (Edna Mode E), and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson (Lucius Best/Frozone). The company has done an amazing job of providing familiar voices from the original film to create a “floating timeline” of personalities, which allows the characters to move through time without aging.

Composer Michael Giacchino’s returns to create a remarkable score that echoes the original film’s soundtrack. The music delivers a strong feel with nostalgic twists and themes. Many folks who grew up watching the original film will recognize the musical continuity which is sensational. Giacchino’s compositions are as timeless as works by Hans Zimmer (“Bladerunner 2049”) and Alan Silvestri (“The Avengers”).

As a big Pixar fan, this film was incredible to watch and easy to follow for moviegoers who grew up watching “The Incredibles.” I highly recommend this film, not only for children and adults, but also parents.

This may be the best bet for a summer movie in June/July. It’s Pixar’s 20th film release and a next-to-last sequel. The last sequel [for now] is “Toy Story 4,” which comes out later this month. Please enjoy the sequels while they last before the studio returns to producing new, original stories. If you haven’t see “The Incredibles,” you might want to watch the original. I promise this will enhance your enjoyment.

Let’s not forget the short film “Bao,” directed by Domee Shi. It’s the story of a lonely mother making dumplings as a symbol of motherhood. The short film offers a strong message about parents spending time with their kids as they grow up. It made me tearful and it was tough to see this unexpectedly. Bonus points for the red signal on the Disney and Pixar logo.

GRADE: A+

 

“Bao:” A+