Incredibles 2

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Incredibles 2
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After 13 and a half years, they are finally back.
Genre: Superhero
Family
Comedy
Adventure
Action
Directed by: Brad Bird
Produced by: John Walker
Nicole Paradis Grindle
Written by: Brad Bird
Starring: Holly Hunter
Craig T. Nelson
Samuel L. Jackson
Huck Milner
Sarah Vowell
Cinematography: Mahyar Abousaeedi (camera)
Erik Smitt (lighting)
Music by: Michael Giacchino
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date: June 5, 2018 (Los Angeles)
June 15, 2018 (United States)
Runtime: 118 minutes
Budget: $200 million
Box office: $1.243 billion
Franchise: The Incredibles
Prequel: The Incredibles
Sequel: Toy Story 4 (by release date)

Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it is the sequel to the 2004 film The Incredibles and the second full-length installment of the franchise as Pixar's 20th feature film. Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their roles from the first film; newcomers to the cast include Huckleberry Milner, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Jonathan Banks. Michael Giacchino returned to compose the score. It premiered in Los Angeles on June 5, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 15, 2018, in Disney Digital 3D, Dolby Cinema, IMAX, IMAX 3D, and 4DX formats.

Plot

Telecommunications guru Winston Deavor enlists Helen Parr under her Elastigirl identity to fight crime and make the public trust superheroes once again. That leaves Bob (Mr. Incredible) with one of his greatest challenges ever -- staying home and taking care of three rambunctious children. As Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack offer him a new set of headaches, a cybercriminal named Screenslaver launches his dastardly plan -- hypnotizing the world through computer screens.

Why It's Still Incredible

  1. It still retains the charm of the first movie as well as other Pixar movies.
  2. The movie still has a unique twist on superhero films, where it focuses more on what superheroes do as a normal family than just the generic films of action, lasers, villain fights, and explosions.
  3. The animation is awesome that is a major step up from the first film, as for Pixar standards.
  4. Like Jack-Jack Attack short film, it explored further of Jack Jack's powers, and he is an absolute scene stealer, and his powers allow for some creativity with the animation, such as the fire.
  5. The voice acting is very good. Dash's new voice actor (Huck Milner) is a suitable successor to the character's original voice actor Spencer Fox, who is now an adult with a deeper voice.
  6. All of the character designs stay similar to the ones from the previous film, and their facial animations have improved.
  7. The action scenes are once again excellent, exciting, and fast-paced. What helps this more is the Wannabe Supers being introduced into the story, allowing for some memorable powers.
  8. It is more character-focused, building on the already existing characters while adding new additions.
  9. Likable and relatable original characters like before, with the Parrs still relatable as a normal family.
  10. The movie is still extremely funny with some great humor, especially with Helen and Bob switching roles allowing for some funny moments with Bob taking care of the kids.
  11. A fantastic soundtrack by Michael Giacchino.
  12. Great lines, like "Math is math!" and "You... have... POWERS!"
  13. They made television and screens a relatable recurring thing in this film, hence Screenslaver’s monologue of how many people are “controlled by screens” and rely on superheroes too often.
  14. We finally get to see the battle between the Incredibles and the Underminer at the beginning of the film, since it starts immediately after the events of the first film, which ends on a cliffhanger (and no, the 2005 video game #Rise of the Underminer does not count), although it feels a little short.
  15. The idea of The Screenslaver (a villain who hypnotizes and controls people via screens) is quite interesting for a villain, despite the poor execution (See Bad Qualities #3 pointer).
  16. Even though Helen (Elastigirl) is the main focus, it takes a break from her, so we can have a good amount of focus on Bob (Mr. Incredible) to get character development.
  17. The backstory of Evelyn and Winston's parents being killed by robbers is very emotional and gives her a reason to hate superheroes (her father insisted on superheroes to save them, resulting in his death, causing Evelyn #to believe that civilians' dependence on superheroes makes them weak).
  18. The new characters created in this film are likable, especially Voyd and Winston Deavor.
  19. A very exciting creative variant logo of Disney and Pixar with a red and yellow style.
  20. The fact that Bob's and Helen's glory days super suit at least appeared in this movie, is a pretty cool nod.

Bad Qualities

  1. It takes more than a few elements from the first movie.
  2. A scene in the film that many disability advocates, including the Epilepsy Foundation, have raised concerns that movie scenes with flashing lights, including that in Incredibles 2 of Elastigirl's fight with the Screenslaver, can easily trigger seizures in people affected by photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities due to the rapid flashes in it that hurt people’s eyes. As a result, several theaters posted warnings for audiences. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Senior Vice President Ken Caldwell immediately took action as soon as the issue was brought to his attention and advised movie theatre owners to post a notice warning movie-goers about the risk: "Incredibles 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights, which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities."
    • In response to this, a re-edited version was released in the United Kingdom, with all affected sequences altered so that any flashing lights and strobe effects now pass the Harding test, although 4K Ultra HD still retains it.
  3. The Screenslaver is a weak villain, and the identity of the one behind him is fairly obvious by just looking very closely at their name is just "Pizza Guy" (Evelyn Deavor almost sounds more like "Evil Endeavor," which is an unoriginal name) and has poor motivation and convoluted plan.
  4. Sometimes, the film can get a bit dark for a PG-rated movie.
  5. Despite the Underminer declaring war on Earth at the end of the first movie, here he is shown to just be a bank robber who wants to steal money, which makes no sense. It also doesn't help that he doesn't appear again after he escapes at the beginning of the film, although he briefly does appear at the end credits scene.
  6. While all of the character designs stay similar to the ones from the previous film, Tony's new appearance, while a mild improvement, looks nothing like his original counterpart, which makes him look like a completely original character. A comparison can be found here.
  7. Bob (Mr. Incredible) can be somewhat unlikable as he's jealous of his wife's success just because he'd rather be doing the hero work.
    • Additionally, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are somewhat inferior to how they were in the last film. Dash's whole purpose in this film is that he can't do his math homework and he's hyperactive, Jack-Jack keeps waking up after being put to bed and turning on the TV, while Violet is the film's punching bag. Moments do help to build and develop her though.

Reception

Critical response

Incredibles 2 received largely positive reviews from critics and audiences with praise for its animation, humor, writing, and musical score. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 93% based on 379 reviews, with an average rating of 7.84/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name.". On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 51 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, the same score as the first film, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 93% overall positive score and an 83% "definite recommend".

Box office

Incredibles 2 grossed over $602 million in North America and $562.5 in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.243 billion. It became Pixar's highest-grossing film and was the second film to cross the $1 billion mark, after Toy Story 3 and 4.

Awards

Incredibles 2 was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and 91st Academy Awards, but lost both awards to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Trivia

  • At 1 hour and 58 minutes, this is not only the longest Pixar film to date, but also the second longest computer-animated movie in history.
  • The film's release was originally scheduled for June 21, 2019, but the date was moved forward after Pixar handed the 2019 release date over to Toy Story 4 after its production fell behind schedule.
  • It is the first official Pixar sequel to pick up directly right where its predecessor ended (a minute after the first film ended), rather than having a sequel take place a while later.
  • Unlike other Pixar movies, the DVD menu depicting the scene uses the 2D animated ending credits style, rather than primary locations.
  • Like the first film, it uses the variant Disney opening logo music, and is the first sequel to do so, ditching the normal Disney opening logo music that sequels normally use. It also marks the first film to use a variant opening logo of Disney and Pixar for backgrounds. The Disney logo is reanimated in 2D and is in the style of the 60's, in a red/yellow scheme, a different composition is played (called "Episode 2"), and the fireworks are removed (lack of sound effects), while Pixar's background is red, the lamp itself is black all over, and the lamp's light is yellow-colored, making the logo themed after the Incredibles logo's usual colors. The sound effects are different, and the fanfare from that custom Disney logo is carried over, ending as the logo fades out. The ending still used the normal logos, however. The normal logos were also restored at the beginning of subsequent films.
  • A 53-second teaser trailer premiered on November 18, 2017, during ESPN's broadcast of College GameDay. It received 113.0 million views in its first 24 hours, becoming the most-viewed trailer for an animated film up until the release of the teaser trailer for Frozen II in February 2019, which surpassed it with 116.4 million views in its first 24 hours.
  • It is the last Pixar film to be released under John Lasseter's supervision before he left his position as CEO of both Disney Animation and Pixar in the same year, while the following Toy Story 4 is the last one with his involvement.
    • This is similar to how the first film was the last Pixar film released under Steve Jobs' supervision as CEO at the time before Disney purchased the animation studio from him in 2006 (only a month before the release of Cars).
  • So far, this is the last Pixar film to be accompanied by a short film, due to Disney+ launching their series of Pixar shorts simply titled SparkShorts. Newer ones after this have no short at all, or (in the case of Onward) do something different.

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