The year was 2004. I was 7 years old, and watching The Incredibles with my family for the first of many times. That movie was pure perfection. Fun for the whole family. But it had a single flaw. A cliffhanger ending, with no sequel in sight. The years went on, we all got older, but that craving for the Super sequel never went away. Fast forward to 2018. Finally, after 14 long years of waiting, The Incredibles 2, the sequel everyone and their mother was waiting for, hit theaters. And I am here to tell you, once and for all, that this movie is unquestionably, unarguably, so worth the wait.
Dramatic intro for a review, I know, but I swear I’m not exaggerating! I can honestly say that I have never felt so thoroughly satisfied coming out of a theater. This movie does everything you hope it will. It raises the stakes, brings both hilarious and heartfelt moments, and quite frankly, it’s a fun time. But The Incredibles 2, family film though it may be, has a powerful message behind it. One that is so relevant, pertinent to our world today that you’ll leave the theater not only with a smile on your face, but with hope in your heart.
The Incredibles 2 is nostalgic in many ways, so it’s only fitting that it picks up exactly where the first left off. Tony and Violet make plans to go out on Friday night, the Parr family is united again and about to get in their car when the Underminer appears, ready to wreak havoc on the city. But interestingly enough, the Underminer is not the villain in the sequel. No, that title belongs to the Screenslaver.
Screenslaver, as the name suggests, has the ultimate hypnotic powers, and is able to take control of screens and enslave anyone watching. Pretty scary, right? In fact, really scary. And though many say that Syndrome was a better, more developed villain, I have to disagree wholeheartedly. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have as much time to get to know Screenslaver as we did Syndrome, but we don’t need to. Screenslaver is not just a person, not just a villain, but an idea. A concept that has become all too real. Our news sources are our screens. We hope that they’re telling us the whole story. We hope their intentions are good. But as we’ve seen too many times, that isn’t always the case. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of click-bait and exaggerated stories. It’s easy for the real stuff to fall to the wayside. For our perception to be altered. In this film, it isn’t a specific race or religion that’s illegal, it’s superheroes. But it’s clear what the Supers represent.
It’s a dark message for a kid’s movie, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The ultimate takeaway from this film is that in unity there is strength. And it is our young generations that hold the greatest hope. Millenials and Gen Z are often made fun of, and sure, there are some aspects that are easy to poke fun at, as there are with all generations. But it’s these generations, along with ones to come that have the potential to change this world for the better. This film tells the children in the audience that they are capable of creating change. And it tells the parents that as much as you want to shield your children from evil things, they need to know what’s out there. And they need to know it’s wrong.
I know this all sounds pretty intense for a kid’s movie, but trust me, it isn’t all serious! There are moments that’ll have you tearing up with laughter. Watching Mr. Incredible stay home with the kids and try to balance a teenage daughter who’s having dating problems, a young son who’s having math problems, and a baby? Who all of superpowers? This is a recipe for a hilarious disaster, and that is exactly what the film delivers. But anyone, parent or child, who’s lived through it, will not only be laughing because it’s funny, but because it’s so relatable.
We get to see more of Jack-Jack’s many, many powers in The Incredibles 2, and wow, are there a lot! Though many of the characters offer comic relief, Jack-Jack goes above and beyond. He can’t help but steal the show. Well, him and E! Edna Mode and Jack-Jack make the most unlikely but truly fantastic duo. He provides her with the ultimate Super Suit challenge, and she turns out to be a pretty great babysitter! It’s hard to pick favourite moments from this film, but if I had to, I’d say Edna and Jack-Jack nailed it.
But one of the best things about this incredible film (see what I did there?) is the fact that Elastigirl is in the forefront. When she comes out of hiding in order to fight evil, she becomes not only an idol for superheroes, but for women everywhere. To protect her children and save the world, she suits up and fights crime, defeating villains and saving people without the extreme damage we’re used to seeing from Super fights. It’s both amazing and empowering to watch, especially knowing that young kids are going to grow up with this film. With a film where the father stays at home and watches the kids, so the mother can go out and work, and even save the world.
Yes, this might be a superhero movie. Yes, this might be a kid’s movie. But the strong messages behind it are so important and so empowering. This is a movie you can take your kids to see, sure, but it’s a movie that everyone is going to fall head over heels for. It’s one of the rare sequels that is worth the wait. All 14 years of it. This isn’t one to miss.
A Warning To Anyone Who Has Not Yet Seen The Film: Though Many Theaters Are Posting Signs And the Movie Itself Comes With A Warning, The Incredibles 2 Features Multiple Sequences With Intense Flashing Lights That Could Affect Those With Photosensitive Epilepsy. Please Be Advised.
The Incredibles 2 Is In Theaters Now.