Still incredible after all these years

With school holidays approaching we asked budding film critic Emily Gittins, aged 14, to give us a review of the long-awaited sequel to a Pixar family favourite.


Film | The Incredibles 2 | PG

It has been a long time since The Incredibles (2004, PG) left us on a cliffhanger with the attack of the Underminer.

I say “us”, but I was only aged one at the time. I have since watched the DVD of the movie numerous times and I quite like it.

Now, 14 years later, thanks to the magic of the movies, we are straight back into that underground scrape and the lives of a superhero family that doesn’t know whether to hide in the shadows or live large by using their powers for good.

Mr Incredible, Bob Parr (voiced by Craig T Nelson), his wife Helen, or Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and their superpowered kids Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell), Dash Parr (Huck Milner) and multi-gifted baby Jack Jack join their superhero friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) as part of a huge line-up of new villains and heroes all trying to find their place in the sun.

This time, it’s Mum’s turn to shine in the workforce, and Dad is left to do his best to look after a teenage daughter, a young speedster and a baby that is full of surprises.

“Supers” are as illegal in the sequel as they were in the first film, but that’s not to say we don’t need them. Or do we?

That moral question (should we put ourselves into other people’s business – what role do heroes play?) is really not as important as the issues that come up in the Parr family (that’s an ironic surname, BTW; as “par” means average).

No spoilers from me, but I think you will be happy with how it all comes out; the winner is teamwork.

A couple of times I heard young kids screaming and crying, and there are bits of the film that will (and did) scare toddlers, so parents should be responsible and chase up a sitter (there were a lot of grown-ups in the audience).

Oh, and it comes with an epilepsy warning, too, from the flashing lights of the villain “Screenslaver”. So think about if it’s safe for you.

For me, the highlight of the film was the many, many, many sides we saw of baby Jack Jack, and the way each of The Incredibles reacted to him.

Rated PG for mild themes, animated violence and coarse language, The Incredibles 2 is a funny and captivating movie.

I recommend it to people who enjoy old superhero comics and retro spy movies like James Bond, and I rate The Incredibles 2 amongst my favourite movies.


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