Directed by Brad Bird
The animated superhero family returns.
It’s been 14 years since The Incredibles came out, and “the new film is more of the same—which is to say that it’s terrific,” said Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times. The original movie’s family of superheroes is trying to get by at a time when “supers” have been banned because of the havoc they create while battling evildoers. When Mom—aka Elastigirl—lands work as the face of a superhero image-rehabilitation campaign, Mr. Incredible becomes a stay-at-home dad struggling to oversee speedy son Dash, moody teen Violet, and baby Jack-Jack, who can set himself on fire and shoot lasers from his eyes. Meanwhile, a villain is on the loose—one who hypnotizes viewers through their computer screens, said Owen Gleiberman in Variety. Such stabs at relevance make Incredibles 2 “a slightly strenuous replay” of the original. But it’s at least “puckishly high-spirited,” and director Brad Bird “hasn’t lost his wizardly gift for orchestrating a sight gag.” Because Pixar actually hasn’t made many praiseworthy sequels, this follow-up “surpasses most everything without Toy Story in the title,” said Brian Truitt in USA Today. The movie hums when the family is together, bickering and bantering, and “every scene involving Jack-Jack is a complete joy.” ■