Incredibles 2 (2018) – reviewed by George

Dynamite! This movie wore me out. At one point when Elastigirl is saving a train, I caught myself watching with my mouth hanging open.
The opening credits are basically red and black, so the movie starts with that famous shot of Disneyland with the emphasis on the castle, but it’s in red and black. Then the Pixar desk lamp that jumps up and down on the I in PIXAR is in red and black. Great!
The family is back: Bob and Helen Parr (voices of Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter) and their kids Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack (voices of Sarah Vowell, Huckleberry Milner, and Eli Fucile).
Tony Rydinger (voice of Michael Bird) has a crush on Violet, and they have a date for Friday. Then he sees her in uniform during an attack by the Underminer (voice of John Ratzenberger), and when Rick Dicker (voice of Jonathan Banks) finds out, he erases Tony’s memory. But before that, in the attack, the local Savings and Loan and the Bank of Municiberg are sinking under the earth – where the Underminer uses a gigantic vacuum to suck out all the money. The whole family (except the baby) tries to stop him, but he gets away. They mitigate the damage he would have done, but still, superheroes are now illegal, and they are told loudly that there are procedures in place that would have taken care of everything if they had just done nothing. Not nice to hear when you know it would have been worse without you.
And then Mr. Dicker has to tell Bob and Helen that the program has been shut down. “Politicians don’t understand people who do good simply because it’s right. It makes ’em nervous. They’ve been gunning for supers for years. Today was all they needed.”
BUT they got an interview with Winston Deavor (voice of Bob Odenkirk), who is crazy about superheroes (like the rest of us), and they also meet his sister Evelyn (voice of Catherine Keener) who designs new costumes for them. The thing is Winston wants to start his campaign to re-legalize supers with just Elastigirl, feeling that Mr. Incredible’s bulk would be too off-putting. So Bob is expected to go home and do child-care. Some guys would be delighted to have the opportunity to spend time with their kids, but Bob takes it as a sign of his illegal powers and lost usefulness.
And it’s true, he sleeps a lot less being the caretaker for little Jack-Jack. But that’s nothing compared to life after Jack-Jack starts to develop his (multiple) powers. It starts with a fight with a marauding raccoon (exciting AND funny). Now poor Bob is really wiped out, and asks Edna Mode (voice of Brad Bird) to keep Jack-Jack for a night. Edna is happy with the idea, but becomes wildly excited with the baby’s powers and ends up designing a uniform for him too. And Bob is lucky to have Lucius Best (Frozone, voice of Samuel L. Jackson) back in the family’s lives.
And then after the train save, Helen also saves the Ambassador’s (voice of Isabella Rossellini) life, but soon figures out that reinstating power and respect for supers seems a bit too easy. The Deavors are okay, so who is pulling strings here?
I liked it and you will too; don’t miss this one.
Written and Directed by Brad Bird.

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