Incredibles 2

  • 14 Jul - 20 Jul, 2018
  • Mohammad Kamran Jawaid
  • Reviews

As we talk about The Incredibles 2, let’s get the rudimentary points out of the way. The animation is spectacular, and getting spectacular-er. Details are everywhere, from a strand of hair blowing in the wind, to the minimalistic 60’s inspired design of the world director Brad Bird’s characters live in. There’s even detail in the small, softer bits of directorially-aware storytelling Bird adds between scenes.

With that out of the way, let’s dive into what we may already know: The Incredibles 2 isn’t really an innovative, or sharp, entertainment. As filmmaking goes, everything is more than fine; “incredible” even. The story… not so much.

With more than enough information about plot already divulged in the trailer – Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson, returning to the role) has to babysit the children while his wife has to fight crime – Bird (who is also the screenwriter), seems to be working with an inkling of a premise.

Typical stuff happens in the story henceforth. Jack-Jack, the new baby of the family who showed an extensive set of powers in the last part becomes a handful; Violet (Sarah Vowell) is undergoing the sweet-romantic phase of teenage crushes; her younger brother Dash (Huck Milner), has problems with Math.

As the forced-by-circumstances-stay-at-home dad (the superheroes are facing issues with the government again), Mr. Incredible has to tend to his family, while his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), works with a zillionaire tech tycoon and his ingenious sister to create a perfect image of the superhero community.

Most of the events have an old-school Saturday morning cartoon show feel. One set of action sequences lead to another, and the story dwindles somewhere in between.

It is a perfect, though clichéd, formula that is augmented by Pixar’s high technical standards. The Lighting and Production Design, in particular, overtakes everything – including, originality.