It’s finally here after 14 years. Was it worth the wait? Hang on a minute, is that even a valid concern?
The Incredibles 2 Synopsis
Three months after Syndrome’s defeat, the Parrs i.e. The Incredibles screw up during a major operation to stop the Underminer. As a result, the Super Relocation programme is shut down, causing Bob and Helen to despair over their finances (again). Just when all seems hopeless, the Parrs, through Frozone, are contacted by Winston Deavor, a telecommunications tycoon and superhero fan. Deavor invites the Parrs to participate in a major publicity campaign to re-establish public and government endorsement of Supers. Deavor also insists the campaign begins with Helen i.e. Elastigirl. While Helen works the public, poor Bob is reduced to being a hapless stay-at-home dad.
It’s a few days since the release of The Incredibles 2. As of today, the foremost question in social media and reviews remains, is it worth the 14 year wait?
Is it as good as its predecessor, or better? Pixar has an uneven record with follow-ups; compare the reception for Toy Story 2, Cars 2, and Monster University. With this latest sequel, do they demonstrate they have finally nailed down the elusive golden formula for second episode?
You know, the truth is, I find it very hard to evaluate The Incredibles 2 by these yardsticks, and that’s thanks to the fact that as much as I enjoyed the first movie in 2004, I don’t consider myself a huge fan. For that reason, it’s over ten years since I re-watched the first movie i.e. I don’t remember it that well. Thus spared of the compulsion to compare, I have to say I enjoyed The Incredibles 2 from start to end. It’s stylish and exhilarating. The super powered combat sequences are dazzling and in many cases, deliciously gripping too.
The virtuoso it is in animated storytelling, Pixar also imbued the key characters with dialogue that goes beyond humorous or cranky. Listen carefully and you would realise Bob’s grouches about “new” maths, or Evelyn Deavor’s dismissal of her brother’s talents, conceal an entire layer of implications. The characters aren’t simply reacting to situations or dialogue with what they say. The whole crisis of The Incredibles 2 intelligently begins and ends with these implications.
If, IF, I have to compare this sequel with whatever I remember from the first movie, then my only complaints are that there aren’t any moments that unnerve you with relatable poignancy. (For example, those scene in the first movie when Bob though his family was dead) Nor was there any truly unforgettable exhortation. (NO CAPES!!!) For die-hard fans, I suppose the lack of such moments greatly matters. After all, the craving for more of these secures a chunk of the audience for the sequel.
Yet, should delivery or non-delivery of such elements be the main measurement of any sequel? Even if a sequel is not spectacular, could it not still be great? In my opinion, The Incredibles 2 at least deserves the latter accolade. If considered as a stand-alone, it is, to me, hands-down a masterpiece.
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