The first Incredibles movie came out in November of 2004 and was rated a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. This year on June 15 the Incredibles 2 was released in theaters. I can whole heartedly say I was beyond excited to see this film. Not only did I love the first one but my own father loved it too and often would refer to himself as Mr. Incredible. The whole family loved the Incredibles and for good reason. Disney Pixar has done a fine job with the first Incredibles film and now I can say the same for the second.
The Incredibles 2 scored a cool 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t as good at the first just because it’s scored three percentages lower – it was still just as amazing as the first, in my opinion. Would I say it was better than the first? No, I wouldn’t. But it was up to par and I was intrigued to see that this film took a 180 twist.
In the first movie, Mr. Incredible, the lovable, muscular, hot-headed but silly father figure was deployed on a secret mission. This time around, it is Mrs. Incredible who is chosen to venture as a super hero again. Spoiler alert: just like the first movie, she is tricked by the villain who pretends to be her ally and convinces her to use her super powers again. If I were a child I probably wouldn’t have seen this coming, but I was able to say I knew it. It was pretty easy to guess that the woman helping out Mrs. Incredible would turn out to be the villain.
As a side note, it was refreshing to have a female lead and a female antagonist. It really parallels the first movie nicely, giving us a nice look at both of the parents’ super powers and leaving the children in the middle to jump in later, and the focus of the movie easily switches from character to character evenly, not leaving the spotlight on any one person for a copious amount of time.
What I loved the most is that this second movie takes off right at the exact moment the first movie left off. None of us like cliff hangers and it was nice to see a perfect continuation of the first movie (as if there was never a fourteen year gap at all, sarcasm intended). Also, nearly all of the same characters that were introduced in the first film appear in the second, making the whole movie feel familiar and entertaining. Some new super heroes are also introduced, so now there are even more favorites to choose from.
There is also a great amount of humor and cute parts sprinkled throughout the film. It wouldn’t be Disney if it didn’t have heart-warming moments to just melt you into your socks by the end. The only thing I would say is, I wish it were longer. The movie is over 2 hours long but waiting a good 14 years for it to be released makes you want more of it. Hopefully Disney will invest in a TV show or spin-off movie, maybe even a third official film to the series.
Overall Rating: 9/10