INCREDIBLES 2

INCREDIBLES 2 poster
After their battle with the Underminer (the voice of John Ratzenberger) leaves the city in shambles, the super Parr family and Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) are forced out of the limelight. But Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) of DEVTECH want to restore the public's faith in superheroes. They enlist Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to fight crime and show off her prowess with a tiny camera attached to her uniform. Reluctantly, Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has to stay home and take care of their super kids Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), whose powers will soon be revealed. When Helen has trouble with a new villain called Screenslaver (Bill Wise), it's up to her family and
Frozone to come to the rescue, save the day and make supers legal again.

Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and the whole gang return in top form. Picking up where their 2004 animated adventure ended, the filmmakers don't miss a beat. The screen is once again packed with action, laughter and heart. Even without the fresh, never-been-done-before appeal of "The Incredibles", the lovable superheroes continue to delight and entertain. Thanks in part goes to Brad Bird, who handles the same chores that he did in the first film. He's director, writer and the voice of Edna Mode, fashion designer to the heroes and close friend of the Parr family. His screenplay moves along at a rapid pace and rivals many of today's blockbuster scripts. With a female crime fighter at the center of the action, the story is relevant today. There's even a mystery involving the villain, but movie sleuths will figure it out. Since macho Mr. Incredible has to play house husband and let his wife handle the heroics, Craig T. Nelson provides the perfect voice. Any fan of Nelson's television series "Coach" will hear the manly Hayden Fox in his vocal rendition. Holly Hunter, as Elastigirl, sounds like she hasn't aged a day in 14 years. Rick Dicker, the grimly serious government agent responsible for keeping the Parr family undercover, gets a new voice. Jonathan Banks replaces Bud Luckey in the role. Much of the humor revolves around baby Jack-Jack as his powers materialize. These and other surprises are left for the audience to discover. Composer Michael Giacchino provides another fantastic score that enhances the vibrant visuals. One final note: show up early for another amazing Disney/Pixar cartoon short. "Bao" is an amusing and emotional story about an elderly Chinese woman with empty nest syndrome who gets another chance at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes magically to life. It all adds up to cinematic pleasure. "Incredibles 2" is a sequel that's just as extraordinary as the original. (4/5 CAMS)


Rated PG (action sequences and some brief mild language)
Running Time: 118 minutes


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