We may have had to wait 14 years for a sequel to The Incredibles, but Incredibles 2 picks up exactly where the original left off with The Underminer (Pixar good luck charm John Ratzenberger) terrorising the city. The plot revolves around Winston and Evelyn Deavor’s (Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk) plans to reverse the outlawing of superheroes by placing the least destructive of them, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) in the spotlight.
Initially the plotting seems like a reversal of the original. Instead of Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) fighting crime with Elastigirl at home it’s the other way round. What this means is that we get some fantastic comedy moments whilst Mr. Incredible tries to parent his three super powered children and exciting and inventive action whilst Elastigirl tries to thwart the evil hypnotic Screenslaver.
As with the best Pixar films it works on lots of levels. The underlying theme of parents being superheroes starts off subtly and then is literally explained to us and despite being aimed at children it arguably is the most adult superhero film this year. And those films don’t feature the fabulous Edna Mode, darling, voiced of course by writer/director Brad Bird.
If there are any faults to be had it is how obvious the villain reveal is, but it’s so much fun throughout I’ll forgive it that weakness.