The Incredibles 2: The wait is finally over


Fourteen years.

That’s how many years Disney fans have been waiting for an Incredibles sequel. What does Disney have in store after such a long wait?

All of the main characters are still here (except for Syndrome, who was sliced up in a propeller from the first film). There’s: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, Jack-Jack and Frozone.

The day “The Incredibles” came out, it was met with critical acclaim. Since everyone had to wait a ridiculous amount of time for the sequel, here’s a recap of what happened in the first film: the heroes (Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and their children are relocated through the Super Hero Relocation program, so they’re essentially outlawed). Mr. Incredible starts doing secret jobs behind Elastigirl’s back and eventually gets caught. This backfires on Mr. Incredible when he’s found himself in a trap set up by Syndrome. His family comes to save him and stop Syndrome from taking over the city with his giant robot.

So, where does this leave us? What else do they have to fight against? Well, at the end of  “The Incredibles” (which is also the beginning of “Incredibles 2”), the Incredibles fight the underminer, but are unsuccessful. This lands them in jail and Rick (sort of their manager) bails them out, but he quits telling them he can’t help them anymore, the super hero business is going down. It is discovered that they’re living in a hotel (because, they’re house blew up in the last film), and are rather poor; that is when Frozone shows up and tells them about a special job where heroes are needed, which Elastigirl eventually accepts. This job set up by Winston Deavor, whose father was a superhero that was killed, aims to promote superheroes and make them legal once again. He wants to start with Elastigirl since everyone would see a female superhero as more refreshing. The rest of movie is essentially Elastigirl going on missions and Mr. Incredible learning how to take care of his kids. There is a slight – but not surprising – twist toward the end involving conflict between characters, which require the family to work together and resolve.

That’s where we’re left: heroes are still illegal, Elastigirl is providing for the family, and Mr. Incredible is a dad in training. I personally think the movie overall: is decent. But, there’s a lot of filler where it’s just characters talking and nothing really happening, which ends up making the movie a pretty long viewing. When the characters are done conversing, Elastigirl is usually going off on missions, while Mr. Incredible has to stay at home. He doesn’t have a huge role in this film, that’s left more up to Elastigirl with her new job fighting crime. Instead, Mr. Incredible is left in a mansion provided by Winston Deavor where he has to care for his growing, changing kids. He has to deal with, Jack-Jack gaining new super powers, Dash’s schooling, and Violet’s – as said by Dash – “adolescence”. Even though Elastigirl’s job is to promote heroes, it actually ends up being the cause of conflict toward the end of the movie. Most older viewers – which there probably are, considering people have been waiting fourteen years – will probably like or even relate with Mr. Incredible having to care for his kids. But, for the younger viewers, it doesn’t seem as exciting compared to the first film. The film tries to introduce a lot more characters, but it’s just too much all at once. The new characters don’t really develop enough and eventually they become victims of the villain’s technology. When this happened, I didn’t care much for them, I cared more for the main characters, as opposed to these random characters they tried to throw into the middle of the movie.

The film does have its positives, though. Despite the seizure concerns the movie’s villain brings up, “he” is actually an interesting character. I say “he” because the main villain is technology that controls its victims to do whatever it pleases. This technology is controlled by someone within Winston’s super hero program (that he doesn’t know about, of course). There’s also lots of action, which younger viewers will enjoy, and even some funny moments in the film (particularly having to do with Mr. Incredible’s parenting).

Like I mentioned, the movie’s villain brings up some health concerns. While the movie can be a blast, according to Mallenbaum (2018): “After the film opened Friday, some theatergoers posted on social media that the superhero cartoon could trigger seizures in people with epilepsy, migraines, or chronic illness.” So, people with epilepsy should be aware, as the scenes with flashing lights are frequent, and long. I even had to look away because the frequent flashing was just way to much; it was almost as if the movie was trying to hypnotize me, too.

In conclusion, I think it’s a pretty good film that any age would like. It makes for a decent two hour viewing, so I give it a 7/10. If you go, there will be lots of laughs and action.



Disney issues seizure warning about ‘Incredibles 2’ for fans with epilepsy – USA Today