HOLLYWOOD HEROES: For years, the one series that fans have been begging for the Pixar to put into production is a sequel to The Incredibles. As other parts have been showing one or even two sequels similar, but this part script has remained untouched. Incredibles 2 is hitting screens, and having seen it last week. This is a huge hit though, and in some ways even better than the original one.
The flick is a follow-up to the original outing, The Incredibles. Our favorite star and superfamily from the 1st one is back, again consisting of patriarch Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible, matriarch Helen Parr / Elastigirl, son Violet Parr, daughter Violet Parr, and baby Jack-Jack and to work for entrepreneur Winston Deavor. Winston and his sister Evelyn Deavor choose Helen as their showcase hero, leaving Bob to care for the kids at home. Things aren’t as they seem, however, and soon the whole family will be in on the heroics. Brad Bird returns to write and direct, with other voice work including Jonathan Banks, Barry Bostwick, Sophia Bush, Phil LaMarr, John Ratzenberger, Isabella Rossellini, and Bird himself. Michael Giacchino contributes another memorable score.
All of the magic from the first one is still very much here. From the action set pieces to the voice work, all the way to Giacchino’s score, it’s all as good, or better, than last time. The thing that elevates this work is that it has a female-centric bent, operating in a world that is desperately in need of that. Bird deserves a ton of credit for waiting until he had a story to tell before making this movie. Too often, a sequel is greenlit before the film in question is ready to go. Not so here, and Pixar should be commended. Discretion has led to another cannon worthy outing by the premiere animation company in the business.
Incredibles 2 has a chance to not only run away with Best Animated Feature but truly be a bigger Oscar contender for Pixar. To be sure, Disney can campaign the film in Best Picture, Best Director (for Bird), Best Adapted Screenplay (also for Bird), the aforementioned Best Animated Feature, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. At least a nomination in Animated Feature is assured of, with Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Score also in play. Depending on how other similar contenders fare, the road to glory for this movie could be a pretty smooth one.
On Friday, fans of the first one will be in for another treat when Incredibles 2 opens up. In a few days I’ll rank all of the Pixar outings to date, but for now, just know that this is one of the better ones. Everything you could want is here. It’s truly a delightful work. The Academy Awards will in all likelihood name it the best-animated film of 2018, but it’s more than that. Here in June, it’s among the year’s best overall. The movie is a must-see, for fans and newcomers alike. Give it a look and you’ll understand why. It’s the best of the summer blockbusters so far…
Be sure to check out Incredibles 2, in theaters everywhere this weekend!