By Jim Tortolano
Fourteen years is a long time between the first and second installments of a movie series, but it has been worth the wait with the arrival of “Incredibles 2.”
Written and directed by Brad Bird, this film gives us a new look at the family of closeted super-heroes who must balance their passion for justice with the restrictions of a society which has outlawed men and women in capes and Spandex.
For this iteration, there’s the issue of what it means to be a man and father in a modern world in which women are taking an increasingly commanding role.
The animation is letter-perfect; smooth and striking at the same time. The voice acting – matched with the computer generated action – by Craig Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible) Holly Hunter (Helen Parr/Elastigirl), Samuel Jackson (Lucius Best/Frozone) and Bob Odenkirk (Winston Revour) – is so perfectly meshed you almost forget that you’re watching a cartoon until the baby bursts into flames.
Here’s the premise. Still banned from being public heroes, the door cracks open a bit when a huge corporation lures Elastigirl out of the shadows to lead the charge for legalizing the superhero profession.
That throws Mr. Incredible into the background as a fatigued Mister Mom. Of course, there’s got to be more to a superhero story than an enhanced middle-aged crisis. There’s a surprise villain, some social commentary about civic laziness and a happy ending.
It’s not exactly a kid’s movie; it will resonate more with parents than the pint-sized. Despite the Biff-Pow-Wham – it feels grown-up in the way it amusingly uses the superhero concept to take on some super interesting issues in society.
“Incredibles 2” is rated PG for cartoon violence.
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