Amanda Naccarato|Review

The highly anticipated Incredibles 2 has been in theatres for two weeks and is still dominating at the box office.

Incredibles 2, which is the sequel to the original 2004 Pixar film, The Incredibles, raked in $180 million during its opening weekend, completely smashing records at the box office.

Despite being released nearly 14 years after its predecessor, Incredibles 2 seemingly leaves off right where the first one ended.

It has become a trend within Disney-Pixar to create sequels or even pre-sequels to animated films created in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Take, for instance, Monster’s University (2013), which served as a pre-sequel to the original Monsters Inc film, and Finding Dori (2016), which was a sequel to the Finding Nemo film.

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It was only a matter of time before Pixar created a follow-up film to The Incredibles, and it surely did not disappoint!

Directed by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 reintroduces Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), Elasticgirl (Holly Hunter), Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), Edna (Brad Bird), and so many other monumental characters in a new, yet still familiar way.

The film primarily centers around Helen Parr, or more commonly known as Elasticgirl, fulfilling her duties as a crime-fighting hero in a larger attempt to restore the reputation of Supers.

This theme is largely carried over from the plot of the first film, in which superheroes were forced into hiding after being attack by lawmakers for all the damage caused while fighting crime.

While Helen embraces her new job, Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, is seemingly left to stay home and take care of their three kids, which proves to be a real challenge.

Image from Buzzfeed

As the film progresses, the audience is introduced to a new set of Supers who have been hiding in the shadows, as well as a new villian, who is arguably much more intimidating than the fiery red-headed antagonist of the first film.

Incredibles 2 so effectively balances its thrilling action scenes with its much needed comic relief to create such a charismatic movie you can’t help but be completely entranced by.

Empowering Women

Elasticgirl represents a strong empowering female character who proves time and time again that she can fight and more importantly succeed on her own. It is a gratifying image, especially amidst the normalized projection of dominant male heroes.

Image from US Weekly

Furthermore, scenes of Helen protecting people all around town is greatly juxtaposed with Bob struggling to help Dash with school, Violet with her journey into adolescence, and Jack-Jack’s discovery of his own superpowers.

Pixar‘s take on this reversal of gender roles is refreshing to see, especially in a film targeted towards children.

It ultimately provides a look into both perspectives, revealing that both staying at home and working to support a family have their challenges.

A Story About Family

Overall, the storyline is continuously engaging and the animation is truly stunning, having improved so much since the first film.

Each character grows and develops throughout the film. But it is perhaps baby Jack-Jack’s unruly powers that seem to unify this film from start to finish and create some hilarious scenes.

Image from Giphy

Ultimately, Incredibles 2 is not just an animated action film but is rather a story about family and the sacrifices we make for them; whether that be accepting a new job, or dropping everything to take care of them.

This film is about doing what one believes is right and honouring that no matter what.

Pixar truly out-did themselves with this film, reviving these memorable characters in such a brilliant and entertaining way!

Pixar Short: Bao

(Spoilers ahead)

Pixar is famous for their short films which play before the start of the movie, and always seems to leave an outstanding impact on the audience.

Before Incredibles 2 started, the short film, Bao, premiered and truly pulled on the heartstrings.

Bao, directed by Domme Shi, the first woman to ever direct a Pixar short, centers around a baozi that comes to life. The woman who made the tradition Chinese bread dumpling begins to raise the dumpling as her own child.

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Viewers watch as the bao grows before their eyes and journeys from childhood all the way to adulthood.

As the dumpling is ready to leave home and venture out on its own, the woman refuses to let go of it. She cannot stand that her once little dumpling is straying away from her and so out of spite, she eats the dumpling to stop it from leaving.

It becomes apparent towards the end of the short that the dumpling was a figurative representation of her son who, like the bao, she raised with all her love but he eventually leaves home, lacerating his relationship with his mom.

Shi’s short hits home not only to parents who can connect to this hesitance of letting go of the baby they raised, but also to their kids who seem themselves as this little bao.

Our overall rating:

10 out of 10!

Watch the trailer below and check out showtimes at!

Feature Image from MovieTimes

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