Incredibles 2- Not so Incredible, or not so simple?

Last week, my family took a quick trip out of town to Columbus for a family reunion and to visit with some friends. After three solid days of get togethers, and in order to decompress a little before our flight back, we decided to spend the last couple hours of our trip at the movies. We took our son to see Incredibles 2.

As you’re about to read, my son, my husband, and I all had slightly different takes on this movie.  I thought I’d share all three with you.

My Review of Incredibles 2

It’s been 14 years since the original movie came out- as one of Pixar’s first.   That movie was fresh, innovative, and hilarious. it won 2 Oscars and 65 additional awards.

So, was the sequel worth the wait?

A 14-year wait?

I wanted to see this movie so badly.  I was jealous when I saw everyone on my Facebook feed checking in to see this it- and posting pics, selfies and their own reviews.  Everyone loved it.  IMDb has it listed with an average rating of 8.1/10.  Rotten Tomatoes Tomato Meter comes in at 94%.

But Pixar waited so long to produce and release this sequel, which chronologically was supposed to be very recent to the original, not all of the actors could return do to the voices.

The sequel is NEVER as good as the original.  I really can’t think of one scenario where this is not true.  If you disagree, set me straight. But this is just the start of my complaints.

The tone was preset with a short story animation prior to the movie called Bao.  This short is about a woman who is suffering from empty nest syndrome and creates a dumpling that comes to life.  This was just weird.  Really weird.  I’m not sure why they included this with such a highly anticipated sequel feature film- but I’m sure Pixar had their reasons- maybe to showcase a new and upcoming director?

So, once this weirdness was over- the movie starts.  The plot line was ok, there was a little bit of mystery, it wasn’t horrible.  Overall, it was, well, meh.

My Husband’s review of Incredibles 2

This movie couldn’t have started off any weirder.  Following the previews, Holly Hunter and Samuel L Jackson jump in to do a quick introduction, as themselves.  Boom.  60-year-old Holly Hunter just showed her face right before an animated movie in which she’s supposed to be playing a maybe 30 or 40-year-old Mom?

And it was sort of sad.  It was almost like they were begging you to watch the movie.

But If you want your audience to believe the characters in the movie, don’t start the movie by showing the real actors behind them, unless the actors in real life match the characters they play.

I’ve always liked Holly Hunter, and she was perfectly cast for the original. But you’re not going to see her cast as a Mom in any non-animated movies now. She’s a great actor, but she’s older now. How many 60-year-old Moms of school aged kids do you know? You just don’t ruin the magic of an animated movie by doing this.

The movie hadn’t even started yet, and I was already disappointed.

Dumplings, anyone?

If I wasn’t already scratching my head, when the next part came it had to be a short, non-related animation.  It wasn’t bad, but I kept trying to figure out what it had to do with the movie.  As it turns out, nothing.

This animation before the movie had absolutely nothing to do with the movie.

First, we get to see that beloved actor Holly Hunter is probably someone’s grandma now, and then we get distracted by an animated short of a Mom eating her dumpling son.

Again, the movie hasn’t even started yet, and I’m just completely turned off.

The movie itself wasn’t bad. Maybe not as good as the original, but still one of the better movies of the year. Our favorite super hero family is back, and with some new characters to interact with.

Better Call Saul

Wait, did I just hear Mike?

I’m a big fan of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, so hearing the voices of Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks) in this movie was kind of cool.  And while Craig Nelson and Samuel L Jackson aren’t that young anymore, their voices still fit the characters just fine.

The plot made sense, and the storyline of the Mom taking the lead earner role while the husband stays home with the kids just illustrates that this isn’t that uncommon of a thing anymore.  In the end, it’s another full family effort to save the day.

Overall, I’d give the Incredibles 2 movie a 3.5 or 3.75 out of 5. Not Pixar’s best, but at least they haven’t run the franchise into the ground like they did with Toy Story and Cars.

My Son’s Review of Incredibles 2

This movie was good.  I don’t remember the original, so I can’t compare it to that.

I don’t know what I liked about the movie, and I don’t know what I didn’t like about the movie.

There’s nothing else I have to say about this, honestly.

Yes, that was really all I was able to get out of my son only a week after taking him to this movie. He’s nine and already heading into full blown teenager.

So, I guess there you have it.  I was disappointed, my husband thought it was ok, and my son liked it.

Have you seen it?  What did you think?

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  1. My kids want to see this! Although, I don’t know that I’d be able to get much more out of them afterwards for a review than you did with your son, lol.

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