I’m a grown man who hasn’t seen most of the Pixar movies that people are obsessed with, but I was challenged to check ’em all out and share my thoughts. Join me as I watch ’em all one by one – see if I buy into the hype.
Movie No. 20: Incredibles 2 (2018)
A quick story about the review that almost didn’t happen.
So I erroneously assumed that all 22 Pixar films were readily available on Disney+. I learned yesterday that was NOT the case when I sat down to watch Incredibles 2 and it was MIA.
I mean I could have rented on YouTube for three bucks but playa please, do I look like I’m made of money? Also we’re not stopping for McDonalds, we have McDonalds at home.
Hamburger helper and loaf bread = McDonalds
Thankfully, I remembered that Incredibles 2 is still on Netflix, where I first watched it last year with the wifey while staying in a haunted air BNB in New Orleans. But that’s a story for another day (spoiler, it wasn’t ghosts that ruined our night, just drunks and people who can’t follow directions).
Instead, the story of today is Incredibles 2. It’s weird that the sequel was made 14 years after its predecessor but picks up literally seconds after the last film ended. Before you know it, the family is detained and homeless, Violet has no date, Dash still talks WAY too much – life just sucks in general.
Until some Jon Stewart looking guy shows up with plans to, sigh, Make Supers Legal Again.
That line was trash in 2018 and even more so now.
Despite that, Incredibles 2 definitely feels like a movie for the times. I’m here for the role reversal of Elastigirl being the breadwinner while Mr. Incredible plays Daddy Day Care. Poor Bob was looking like Al Bundy halfway through the movie. But Helen? Sheesh, they made her one of the most effective heroes of all time – part Mr. Fantastic part Wonder Woman part Spider-Woman.
Not that y’all noticed, you were too busy staring at her elastibutt. Don’t deny it now, I remember those tweets when this movie dropped.
By the way, what kind of parent is Bob to let his baby fight raccoons in the backyard? And I’m not talking cute people-looking raccoons like on Rescue Rangers, this was a straight up trash panda. Well, if the Incredibles are the Fantastic Four, I guess Jack Jack is Franklin Richards and his superpower is ‘whatever the writers feel like.’ Plot convenience – the greatest of all superpowers.
Speaking of the kids, Violet’s angsty rants were exhausting. THAT KID I SPOKE TO THAT ONE TIME FORGOT MY NAME THANKS TO YOU AND NOW WE WON’T GET MARRIED I HATE YOU DAD, ugh. Keep your Dawson’s Creek out of my Pixar, please. Instead, I wish we got more time with the real stars – Edna, Frozone, and Frozone’s wife’s disembodied voice, all of whom stole every scene they were in. Why hasn’t Frozone gotten a spinoff yet? Y’all gave Larry the Cable Guy a spinoff but not Nick Fury!?
While it was fun to spend time with our favorite superfamily again, this round didn’t feel as fresh as Incredibles 1. I’m not a guy who figures out plot twists often (I’d rather lose myself in the moment than think three or four scenes head) but the ScreenSlaver reveal was painfully obvious. And sure, I have a love/hate relationship with the IncrediBrats but the Tiny Toon Teen Titans saving the adults at the end was a nice moment.
It’s not a top-tier release but Incredibles 2 is a ton of fun and lives up to the legacy of the original.
4 stars out of 5
Toy Story 3
A Bug’s Life
Toy Story 2
The Good Dinosaur
**Whispers** A Bug’s Life is still in my top 10.
Come back next time as SEQUELMANIA CONTINUES with Toy Story 4. Pixar sure knows how to squeeze coins out of nostalgia-obsessed grown folks.