by Dustin Steiger, arts and entertainment editor
The 2004 Pixar masterpiece known as “The Incredibles” has been a beloved and enjoyable film for years, and while its sequel may not quite capture the full extent of the film’s original glory, it still meets its audience with an entertaining and compelling story.
Picking up right where the original movie ended, “The Incredibles 2” tells the story of how, after failing to live up to the public and the media’s standards, the Parr family (aka “The Incredibles”) must work to restore not only their own name, but the names of all the heroes cast aside by society. Mrs. Incredible (voiced by Holly Hunter) takes the spotlight as she battles against crime in the city while Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) struggles to care for the kids while she’s away, all while the mysterious villain known as the “Screenslaver” works in the shadows.
Other notable voice performances include those of Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Huck Milner, and Sarah Vowell.
“The Incredibles 2” takes a risk by mixing the usual, brightly-colored world of animation with subject matter that can be surprisingly dark at times. While the movie may be considered a “Children’s Movie,” it still has enough plot and edge to keep its adult audience occupied. The movie boasts a Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%, while its predecessor- the original “The Incredibles”- has a 97% approval rating based on the same site. While the sequel may not be quite as beloved as the original, it’s still worth a look due to its beautiful animation and clever plot.
Overall, “The Incredibles 2” is an enjoyable adventure that’s sure to keep your attention. It mixes small slice-of-life moments with the thrills of a super-powered adventure, making it an excellent choice for the whole family. The film is set to be released onto iTunes and other digital platforms on October 23, while its Blue-Ray and DVD release date is set for November 6.