Incredibles 2, 4/20/19, 94%, A, 4.5 Stars
Not as incredible as the original, but thankfully its own thing.
The plot moves swiftly, immediately setting the stage for Violet’s trouble with Tony and giving us the first look at the fight we’ve been waiting 14 years to see, as well as distracting me with Rick Decker’s new voice that is obviously a recast. After a quick reintroduction, we finally see the Underminer fight, then get swept up into “Make Superheroes Legal Again,” all of which is consistent with the universe it exists in and features a believable, well-set twist.
The family is as perfectly relatable as ever, but the character development just isn’t the same. They don’t really go through arcs, even Mr. Incredible, who would seem to have to accept Elastigirl’s place in the spotlight, but is more frustrated with his not being able to go out right away. They did a great job of reintroducing us to them, developing the Screenslaver’s backstory, and other minor details, but they failed to give the main characters any meaningful arcs.
The animation was gorgeous as always, with realistic enough backgrounds, but not so realistic the animated characters become distracting like The Good Dinosaur’s animation did. Everything adds to the story, and there’s no fluff here, just hard story matter.
As for Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack, there’s kind of a muted quality to it that negates the flare of the first one. It’s great in most action scenes, but seems a bit restrained somehow and just doesn’t do it for me like the first one’s does 14 years later. It all fits the scenes, but it just doesn’t do it for me the same way.
The humor is kind of lacking, or not the subtle kind Pixar’s known for. I still get a smile out of it, but not as much in terms of laughter. There’s also kind of a colder edge to this movie that Cars 2 got hell for, because this movie features actual gun violence in a more solemn way than scenes like the Nomanisan scenes or the robbers from the first movie’s intro. It works out for the tone, especially for the real world commentary on society and screens, but it’s something I realized upon this viewing.
Overall, Incredibles 2 is not an incredible drop in quality, but a slightly different kind of movie that just isn’t the same. I still recommend it to those who waited nearly a decade and a half to see how the Underminer fight went, just don’t expect anything as deep as the first one.
-Visual Believability 10/10
-Purposeful Content 10/10
-Emotional Resonance 9/10
-Appropriate Use 9/10
-Appropriate Humor 8/10
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10