14 years. It has been a long, hard wait but finally, Pixar is back with Incredibles 2, the sequel to the 2004 smash hit that is still regarded as one of the finest works to come from Disney/Pixar. While some remain cautious about the sequel coming so many years after the original, fans are still excited at the thought of seeing the Parr family back in action in the sequel, written and directed by Brad Bird. So, does Incredibles 2 succeed in being a worthy sequel? Unsurprisingly, of course it does!
Critics are praising everything from the performances to the musical score to the animation. Check out what critics are saying below, including Talkies Network’s own Artur Galvao!
Artur Galvao from Talkies Network
This movie has the makings of one of the best Pixar films, even superhero films for that matter. Was the wait worth it? I think so. Apart from Toy Story 3, this is the only film to recapture the same magic as its predecessor after such a long time between productions. Overall, this film provides great entertainment value in its rich action, emotion, and subtle comedy. Fantastic musical score and animation complement the entertainment significance, for Incredibles fans and the casual viewer.
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter
Still front-and-center are the key elements that made Brad Bird’s original creation so captivating: The tested but resilient bonds within the middle-American family with secret superhero lives, the fabulous late-50s/early-60s space-age-obsessed design scheme, the deep-dish reservoir of wit, a keenly expressed sense of what it takes to maintain a balanced marriage and great command of a narrative curveball employed to register frequent surprise.
Mike Sorrentino from CNET
We’re living in an era of peak superhero movie. Heck, we’ve had, and this year alone. After the amazing but Infinity War, it’s certainly time for something a bit lighter, and ideally something that isn’t burdened down with years of complex continuity. Incredibles 2 succeeds by telling a family-friendly superhero story that also gives Pixar’s animators the opportunity to stretch their muscles.
And if this is the dazzling update Pixar has given the Incredibles, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year’s Toy Story 4.
Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly
The final act’s revelations confuse and deflate much of this. What we learn about the villain is unconvincing, and the smash-up climax races backward from the earlier complexity, devolving to the family-together fun of the first Incredibles. The thrills are always there, and you can enjoy the jazzy Michael Giacchino score, the sweet stay-at-home-Dad gags. But don’t let the dazzle fool you. Bird’s made the weirdest Pixar movie ever, revolutionary and retro, an anti-authoritarian ode to good parenting. B+
Scott Mendelson from Forbes
The Incredibles 2 works hard to justify itself in a world of superhero movies and in a world where action cartoons and PG-rated animated fair are much less rare than they were in 2004. The film pulls off its gender-swap with a lack of condescension, while rooting the film’s melodrama specifically within these specific characters and the experiences they have survived together. It’s a high-water mark for superhero sequels and for Pixar in general. With gorgeous animation, pulse-quickening action, painfully funny family-driven gags and just enough topicality and substance to make it work beyond mere surface-level pleasures, The Incredibles 2 is a terrific piece of high quality entertainment.
Mike Ryan from UPROXX
I do wonder if the 14-year wait between movies will have people expecting something “grandiose” or “important.” That’s not really what Incredibles 2 is or what it’s trying to be. Instead, it feels like a direct extension of the first film. It feels like a movie that could have easily come out in 2006 as opposed to now, which is what makes Incredibles 2 so fun. It doesn’t belong to a time, so ten years from now both of these installments will just seem like they’ve always just kind of been here. Incredibles 2 will now take its rightful place alongside the first film in the “family canon.”
Owen Gleiberman from Variety
That’s a lot to live up to, and I wish I could say that “Incredibles 2,” which Bird also wrote and directed, is the great sequel “The Incredibles” deserves. It is not. It’s got a touch of the first film’s let’s-try-it-on spirit, and it’s a perfectly snappy and chucklesome and heartfelt entertainment, with little retro felicities you latch onto, yet something is missing: the thrill of discovery — the crucial sensation that the movie is taking us someplace we haven’t been.
Drew Taylor from The Playlist
Bird seems to understand that, in a marketplace so overstuffed with superheroes that a character as seemingly frivolous as Ant-Man has a sequel opening just weeks after his own, what makes “Incredibles 2” special are the characters and the fact that they’re a family. Violet is depressed because a boy jilted her, Dash is having trouble keeping up with math, and Jack-Jack, displaying an impressive array of powers, makes life even more difficult for the already stretched-thin Bob. These are situations that are relatable, with characters that we care about. With Helen’s serendipitously sketched storyline perfect for the #MeToo era. She’s a woman who finally feels empowered, making great strides not only for herself but for everyone. (It’s this inclusiveness and sensitivity that should finally put all of Bird’s critics, who erroneously make him out to be an Ayn Rand-ian objectivist, to bed.) The uniqueness of these characters and the ways in which we care about them make “Incredibles 2” the best superhero movie of the summer. It would have been a relief if, 14 years later, “Incredibles 2” had simply met expectations. Instead, it exceeds them. [A]
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