Thursday, January 31, 2019
Pixar Watch: Incredibles 2 (2018)
Format: Amazon Streaming
It's been forever since The Incredibles came out, and I really wanted to see this one in the theater and just never found the time.
Incredibles 2 picks up at the exact same moment the predecessor ended, maybe a minute before - and that seemed, honestly, like an odd choice. Like... hey, a lot of time has passed for us here, maybe say it's been a couple months? Get some traction under The Parr family before slingshotting them off to the next major life change...
Nonetheless, the story works. Helen Parr/ ElastiGirl is recruited by a billionaire who wants to see "Supers" legalized again, while Bob stays home with the kids - finding that being there for his kids is a whole new set of dad-challenges.
I assume you've all seen this movie so I won't belabor it too much. I was super impressed with how everything stayed on model from the first film, but they found new nuance to character movement and expression with the intentionally broad designs evoking mid-century cartoon aesthetic.
I'm not a huuuge fan of mind-control stories in my super-tales - and I appreciate that they've been put in hiatus in a lot of the books I've been reading lately - but I suppose it's a novel concept for folks not living behind walls of longboxes. It just made all of this pretty predictable from the minute the bad guy started up their scheme.*
But, yeah, overall hugely enjoyable family fun stuff. Terrific action sequences - I mean, I was doing that cackling I do during well-executed superhero action when ElastiGirl saved the train and again when Mr. Incredible asked the Krusher if he could un-crush stuff.
I really, really regret not seeing it on the big screen, but, lesson learned, I guess.
Also, if you don't want to hear Holly Hunter's voice all day... I don't even know. I would even get an Alexa if it was voiced by Holly Hunter. And, Hollywood, geez... just put Katherine Keener in more stuff, already. She's so good and I miss her, and a cartoon Keener isn't enough.
*and, frankly, the Purple Man storyline in Jessica Jones is the likeliest conclusion of mind-control, and that's hard to ignore as an adult viewer. Like, hey, I know that's dark, and this is Pixar, but no one made them go there.