Thank you to Disney for partnering up with me for a screening of Incredibles 2 in Los Angeles and cast interviews.
The most-asked question I’ve received since I got home from screening Incredibles 2 in Los Angeles is “Was it worth the 14 year wait?” The second most asked question has been “Does Incredibles 2 have an end credit scene?”
The answer to those questions are respectively: Yes and no.
In our interview with Samuel L Jackson, he said:
Incredibles is one of those things where the first movie was so perfect and so awesome that you’ve got to say to yourself, ‘Can we really do something that awesome and maybe a little bit more awesome next time so that it justifies us doing a sequel?’
The truth is that Brad Bird kind of lost track of time and then realized that he had to make a dope sequel. It needed to be something that didn’t outshine the first film or fall into its shadow.
Incredibles 2 does not have an end credit scene, but the credits are worth watching.
I saw the first 22 minutes at Pixar Studios in April.
The footage I saw there was still raw. I can’t believe that one month later this film is complete and beautiful. I knew within that first 22 minutes who the villain was, and spent over a month keeping my theories to myself.
Turns out I’m not such a bad sleuth – I was right!
I won’t give it away, you need to see the film for yourself, but you don’t have to be a great script writer to know who the villain is pretty quickly. That doesn’t mean that Incredibles 2 is in any way predictable. The movie still has a solid plot and a Superhero’s ending.
The star of the show is Jack-Jack whose multiple super powers are revealed to the family along the way. As his powers are revealed, Jack-Jack becomes the comedic relief for the film. He also develops his powers enough during an evening with Edna Mode to be instrumental in the climax and resolution of the film.
Is Bob Parr a SuperDad or Incapable Dud?
One of the things many stay at home dads brought up to me upon finding out I was going to Pixar Studios then the press event for Incredibles 2 had to do with busting social norms in the dad-sphere. I asked the question to Brad Bird wondering if Bob Parr was having a hard time being a dad because he’s male, or because the baby is Jack Jack. Brad Bird’s response was relatively vague, but once I saw the movie I was happy with the direction in which they took Bob Parr.
Bob eventually falls into his role as stay at home dad, after having to shake off some competitiveness with Elastigirl and enthusiasm for getting back into the world of the Supers.
I genuinely think dads everywhere will be pleased with the relationship that develops between Bob and his children. I also think they will be happy with the way Bob Parr falls into his role as Stay at Home Dad.
Elastigirl: Strong Woman in a Man’s World
We see a lot of Elastigirl in Incredibles 2. Seeing her go wit to wit with Catherine Keener’s character, Evelyn Dever was a proud moment as a woman. Brad Bird did a great job of showing Elastigirl’s soft, feminine side without showing her as weak in any way. She is portrayed as strong, witty, intelligent, and capable.
Plus, I’m pretty sure she drinks whiskey at the Superhero party. That makes her a winner in my book.
The face of Helectrix was the original Winston Dever, but it was decided that he didn’t quite fit the look they were going for so they reused his face on this character to save time and money.
The new Supers introduced during Incredibles 2 don’t get enough screen time! I would have loved to have seen their characters develop a little more, but I’m not sure how that could have happened without making the movie a saga.
Voyd, voiced by Sophia Bush has some seriously cool powers. Reflux is absolutely disgusting, and the others are all super fun as well.
GO SEE IT! Brad Bird said that this film is meant to be seen on big screens, so we saw it on Big D as a family, and it was quite impressive. The animation has come so far in 14 years which is extremely noticeable in the family’s hair. The story is fun and balances drama with humor. In a world where Superhero movies reign supreme, don’t miss Incredibles 2 at the theatre.