After a 14-year wait, writer/director Brad Bird brings back Pixar’s family of superheroes in Incredibles 2, an enjoyable sequel.
Superheroes are now illegal and Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) is faced with returning to work in a dreary office job. But a telecommunications mogul (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) wants to start a publicity campaign to bring superheroes back into the public’s good graces. The catch is he thinks the best face for the campaign is Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter). So Mr. Incredible is left to look after the children - Violet, Dash, and baby Jack Jack - while Elastigirl works as a superhero. Of course, a new supervillain emerges that the heroes must fight.
Like the original film, the biggest flaw here is that the story takes a little longer to get going (it runs 118 minutes, including a cute but forgettable short film). But once it does, there’s plenty of fun to be had. The movie gets a lot of comic mileage about Jack Jack’s indiscriminate use of his wide array of superpowers. There are also some creative action scenes and striking visuals.
Incredibles 2 won’t join the pantheon of Pixar’s classics, but it’s a fun afternoon at the movies for the whole family.