After waiting patiently for 14 years, we finally find out what happens to Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack - and trust me when I tell you, it was absolutely worth the wait!
That moment you've been waiting 14 years for!
The Incredibles 2 is a marvellous piece of animation gold, which has been masterfully crafted by a hard-working team of experts. Their dedication absolutely shows in the detail of this film, with some of the backgrounds, particularly of the city skylines, clouded skies and the ocean looking like the real deal.
If you either haven't seen the first film in a while, or you haven't seen it yet at all, I would highly recommend you view it before seeing the sequel. The film begins exactly where the previous film left off and it might be somewhat confusing to watch on its own.
In a world where superheroes are still outlawed, yet criminals are ever rampant in the streets, the Parr family have found themselves face to face with the world's most formidable foes, as well as dealing with government officials who berate them at every move. The system which should take care of them is being shut down due to lack of funding, which many adults watching will no doubt identify with.
The film consists of three main stories. The first of which is about their friend and fellow crime fighter, Lucius Best, better known as Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson - Pulp Fiction & Deep Blue Sea). Frozone is approached to join forces with Winston Deavor (voiced by Bob Odenkirk - Breaking Bad & Nebraska) and his sister/business partner, Evelyn Deavor (voiced by Catherine Keener - Being John Malkovich & Get Out). They run a very successful telecom communications company and want Frozone, Bob Parr, more famously known as Mr. Incredible, (voiced by Craig T. Nelson- Poltergeist & The Family Stone) and his wife Helen, aka Elastigirl, (voiced by Holly Hunter - Thirteen & Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) to help them on their campaign to end the ban on superheroes, once and for all.
Elastigirl is a super feminist role model with attitude to spare
They devise a plan to use Elastigirl as the rising star of their campaign, by fitting her with a new super suit, studded with cameras to show the public that superheroes are doing good for the people and to catch the new evil mastermind on the beat, who only goes by the name of Screenslaver (voiced by Bill Wise - Boyhood & 1996's Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie). Screenslaver's scenes may be quite frightening to very small children and the use a strobe light effect may be inappropriate for those who suffer from seizures when viewing in a dark room.
Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible is stuck at home alone with the kids for the first time in his life and learning the hard way that it's not all roses and sunshine! Many parents will identify with him, as he learns just how much his wife had to do for their family while he was at work. He is thrown into the deep end of life doing all the cooking, cleaning, helping his son Dash (voiced by Huck Milner) with math homework, dealing with the dramas and mood swings of his teenage daughter Violet (voiced by Sarah Vowell - Six Degrees & Disney Infinity) and not to mention looking after baby Jack-Jack, (voiced by Eli Fucile - Jack-Jack Attack & The Incredibles) who we soon find out isn't an ordinary baby after all. Jack-Jack causes lots of hilarious trouble throughout the film, using his new found powers to have epic tantrums in order to get his way and eat all the cookies.
Between the craziness with the kids at home and the jealousy gnawing away at him over his wife's new fame, Mr. Incredible eventually manages to persuade everyone's favourite super fashion designer, Edna Mode, (voiced by Brad Bird - King Of The Hill & The Simpsons) to babysit, which is a feat in itself!
There are also a lot of new superheroes introduced in this film, which I am sure will feature more in the next film in the series, including a dimension-jumping young lady, named Voyd (voiced by Sophia Bush - One Tree Hill & The Hitcher), who looks up to Elastigirl as her feminist role model. There is also a belching elderly man who vomits up larva and goes by the name of Reflux (voiced by Paul Eiding - Ben 10 & Grey's Anatomy), whose grossness is sure to cause some giggles!
This film is expertly written and directed by Brad Bird (Inside Out & The Iron Giant) and is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for the kids. It also has quite a long running time, however, it goes by fast. If you are bringing little ones to see this film, a visit to the bathroom before finding your seats is an absolute must!
The Incredibles 2 is not yet rated, but I would recommend parental guidance.