By Cynthia Ayala
“Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.” —IMDB
Man how’ve we’ve waited, but good things come to those who wait and Incredibles 2 is a good thing. This film had everything the previous film had, the humor and strong family dynamics as the first film. It was such a fun filled movie that will leave the audience laughing throughout the story.
Taking place right after the first film, nothing has changed, superheroes are still illegal and the family is still trying to navigate through a world and a society that wants them to hide their powers and turn the other way. It’s hard for them, to hide this part of themselves, to keep it secret, especially for the children who are still growing up and adjusting. That’s pretty much the max amount of depth the story has, which isn’t a bad thing. You have kids and a family who are each trying to figure out how to be the best they can be, while they hide this very big part of themselves from everyone they care about. This puts the parents at odds with one another as well, as they both have different ideas about how to be the heroes they used to be.
So it’s an interesting story that also has a feministic quality to it. Elastigirl is the central character here, taking the front pages as she fights crime and builds a new brand for superheroes. Her goal: to make superheroes no longer illegal, and one of her helpers is also a highly intelligent woman. And that’s a good message for young viewers, that Mr. Incredible has to set aside his masculine pride and be the stay at home parent while encouraging his wife to be the superhero, doing everything he misses and loved about his life. So he’s a father now, a stay at home dad, which he never really had to be before, being the breadwinner, and he has to prove that he can do this, not only to himself but also to his family. With that comes a hilariously realistic shift in dynamics, especially when regarding the “new math” concept, which I completely agree with, why change math? I mean come on, now it just makes no sense. But that’s a whole different thing. The point is, the film is relatable, it takes these challenges that any single parent may have, and adds some real humor to it, like trying to put the kid to sleep and helping them with homework and relationship problems. Their tough things, but hilarious in the movie not only because they are relatable, but also because the film, of course, adds just a little bit of humor in with the superpowers.
All in all, it has a great storyline, the revelation at the end was a little predictable, especially for the older audiences, but it was still a fun and hilarious film. It was light, had those serious moments, and had this feministic quality that didn’t scream at the audience, it was just there, it was strong, and it allowed other characters to shine. It was an incredible sequel, maybe not entirely for children, but still a great film for the family. (★★★★☆| A-)
— Film Credits —
Directed by Brad Bird
Written by Brad Bird
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures