After 14 years a sequel to Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles is finally here and as someone who grew up watching the original, I have to say I couldn’t be happier. The 14-year wait between movies has almost seemed to have sent some people into a blind fit of rage and understandably so, since then we’ve had not just one but two follow up films to Cars. I mean who in the world asked for that, seriously!?
If you ask me though it’s just the price you pay for quality and even writer/director Brad Bird has said words to the same effect. He said that he’d always wanted to make a sequel someday, he was just waiting for the right idea to come along. In this day and age, I think that’s rather commendable, I’m sure it would have been all too easy for him to see the dollar signs and begin making a sequel regardless of having any confidence in the source material.
So The Incredibles 2 picks up exactly where the last one left off and as we now know, baby Jack-Jack has powers! No the plural in that last sentence was not a mistake, Jack-Jack does indeed possess multiple powers and it certainly makes for an interesting dynamic throughout the course of the film. Especially as Mrs Incredible is out doing her bit to outlaw the ban on superheroes, leaving Mr Incredible at home looking after the children. A great deal of the film’s humour comes from Mr Incredible’s struggle as he gets to grips with being a single parent. Whereas the sequences involving Mrs Incredible tend to bring about a lot of the film’s action.
Watching The Incredibles 2, almost anybody can see that there’s a strong feminist statement being made. But I was glad to see that in the end, it didn’t try to place one gender above another, ultimately the statement is one based in gender equality. Emphasising the fact that so to can parenting be heroic in its own right. And that right there is what makes The Incredibles 2 so…. well incredible. Not only does it do the job of being a more than entertaining sequel, but it also ends up being a film with something to say and if you ask me those are the kind of films that tend to stand the test of time, I mean just take a look at the first one as a prime example.