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Incredibles 2 film review

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

After years of anticipation, Incredibles 2 is the sequel we’ve been waiting for.

Pixar has had a great run recently, not only with original titles like Coco and Inside Out but with hugely successful sequels like Finding Dory. However, it’s been a long time coming for a new entry in one of the most popular franchises Pixar’s ever created.

Why has it taken so long?

Pixar have been making more and more sequels recently, like Finding Dory and the Cars trilogy. But it’s taken 14 years to follow up the original Incredibles movie. In the meantime, writer/director Brad Bird made another Pixar classic, Ratatouille. He then made live action blockbusters like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland.

Who stars in the film?

Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Sarah Vowell are back to portray the Parr family. The exception is that Huck Milner is now playing Dash, as Spencer Fox has long since broken his voice. Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Bird are also back to portray beloved supporting characters Frozone and Edna Mode. The main characters introduced in the film are played by Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener. They play siblings who run a telecommunications company that wants to help superheroes become legal again.

What’s the plot of Incredibles 2?

Incredibles 2 starts at the exact moment that The Incredibles ended. The Incredibles ended with the family facing off The Underminer, a super-villain styled like a mole, and we actually get to see their showdown at the sequel’s start. The film then continues with problems set up by the last film. The Incredibles’ home was destroyed, and they have no source of income. Thankfully, a tycoon contacts Bob and Helen about creating publicity for them so that they can restore the public’s trust in superheroes. However, they want to concentrate on Elastigirl, as she causes less damage than Mr Incredible. The film then follows Elastigirl as she investigates a mysterious villain named the Screenslaver, while Mr Incredible faces the challenges of being a stay at home dad.

The verdict?

Incredibles 2 has done the original proud. Brad Bird is on top form in his return to animation, with exciting set pieces. The film wonderfully expands the original’s universe with all new superheroes. Incredibles 2 also marvellously represents the challenges of parenting and family, humorously exaggerated by Jack Jack’s random new superpowers. By mixing pure fantasy with a realistic insight into family life, Incredibles 2 is a treat for the whole family.