The Incredibles 2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2”! But this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.

I’m having difficulty deciding how I feel about this movie. As a fan of the first film, I’m glad I got my “Incredibles” fix, but as a filmgoer, I was actually hoping to see something different on screen. I mean, when you watch the film, you can imagine where it’s going to be headed the whole time. It’s predictable as hell.

I just wished the producers focused a bit more on the family’s dynamics, how they really feel about one another, how they are coping with their superpowers and normal life — rather than focusing on all the superhero-vs-evil-villain, heroes-save-our-city thing. I mean, we’ve already seen all of that in the first film, come on! Give us brand new information, isn’t that what sequels are for? We don’t get to see Violet go on a date, nor Dash playing with his friends, and them wondering how the heck he runs so fast, nothing! The writers didn’t give me anything I was hoping to see! (except the Jack-Jack scenes, those were great.) It really felt like the producers got too lazy, used the same plot of the first movie, but just reversed the genders and adapted the script.

Hence, I was kinda disappointed on that aspect. I was hoping for a fresh perspective on the Parr family. Did the team spend so much effort trying to make the Jack-Jack scenes interesting, such that they ran out of ideas for the rest of the film?

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But okay – I won’t discount the fact that, at the end of the film, I was kinda happy. I got to watch the Parr family work together to kick ass, and that will always be fun. So I guess if you’re a huge fan of The Incredibles, then you’re probably going to have a good time watching the second film.

Just… remember to maintain your expectations.

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