The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles is one of my favorite movies, easily ranking in my personal top ten animated movies.
I love so much about what Incredibles does, and I wish more animated movies learned from it: It uses animation’s open-ended visual nature to tell a very visual story. Most animated movies are comedies that happen to depict talking cars or aliens or animals. Incredibles is one of the few that emphasizes the action and framing ahead of the script.
The scenes that I first think of are the fantastic set pieces and fight scenes. Stuff that really feels like a comic book come to life way more than most “comic book” movies do. Elastigirl fighting off guards while stuck in a door, Frozone freezing a cop just as he’s about to get caught, Mr. Incredible fighting off Syndrome’s robot, etc., etc. This movie is a fun to just watch with your brain shut down. So cool to look at.
But the script is absolutely fantastic, telling a mature story about a family where every member is struggling with their identity in the world. The story has so many jokes and subtle moments that just blow me away every time I watch it. The voice acting is superior and the movie’s thematic viewpoint is surprisingly nuanced and unorthodox. Syndrome is one of my favorite film villains, complex and evil in a way that feels unique.
What it really comes down to is the family dynamic, though, and that’s where The Incredibles stands out from its peers. This movie cares about the relationships of its characters.
There are some weird moments and flaws. I like that the movie doesn’t shy away from death, but it treats violence and pain a bit too haphazardly. The characterization is at first bit predictable before really heating up in the second half, and the run time is a bit flabby at almost two hours. But those are minor points: I would call this one of the few solid contenders for Pixar’s best movie.
The Incredibles is a comedy, it’s a drama, it’s an action flick, it’s a family slice-of-life portrait, it’s about superheroes… It’s one of the most damn entertaining movies I’ve ever seen.
The biggest question for me… As much as I’ve desperately wanted it for a decade, how the hell can a sequel live up to this?
Verdict: Properly Rated
Favorite moment: “Where… is… my… super… suit!?”
I, too, am craving for a sequel. I guess where we differ is our opinion on whether or not the sequel can surpass the original.
The reason why I think a sequel can (easily) surpass The Incredibles is because I thought the second half of The Incredibles was much stronger than the first half. Sure, the second half is where the villain gets improply discarded from the screenplay, but it is also where the film starts to have a little bit of fun with itself. As Dan said himself, the first scenes that come to mind are the action sequences, and most of them occur in the second half.
The first half is flat-out depressing. I often complain about family films feeling like children’s films, but wouldn’t it be equally bad if family films feel like adult films? Mr. Incredible saves someone from SUICIDE. He gets SUED. He hates his boss. He hates his job. He hardly cares about his family. How are kids able to sit through this?
Then you have the issue of Syndrome, whose character arc never completes. Mr. Incredible even admits to Syndrome that it was wrong for him to push Syndrome aside as he did when Syndrome was Incrediboy, and yet, Mr. Incredible essentially kills him off with little remorse.
As a Pixar film, The Incredibles is a sloppy, if entertaining entry. As a superhero film, The Incredibles is incredibly unique. The real heartbeat of the film is in its relationships within the family, and that was executed to near perfection. It is for this reason why I want to see a sequel. The Incredibles ended right when it started getting really, really good.
Favorite moment: Jack-Jack reveals his superpower.
Final Grade: B (84%)–The Incredibles hurdles its problematic plot with a touching family story.
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