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Incredibles 2 also known as “Los Increíbles 2,” “A hihetetlen család 2.,” “De Utrolige 2,” “Die Unglaublichen 2,” “Fantastikët 2,” “Gli Incredibili 2,” “Inanilmaz Aile 2,” “Incredibilii 2,” “Iniemamocni 2,” “Izbavitelji 2,” “Les indestructibles 2,” “Los increíbles 2,” “Mr. Incredible 2,” “Nerealieji 2,” “Neverjetni 2,” “Os Incríveis 2,” “Rodinka úžasných 2,” “Superhjältarna 2,” “The Incredibles 2: Os Super-Heróis,” “Úzasnákovi 2,” “Úžasňákovi 2,” «Суперсiмейка 2», «Суперсемейка 2», «Феноменалните 2»

MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for action sequences and some brief mild language.

Reviewed by: Jessica D. Lovett
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Primary Audience:
Kids Preteens Family
Genre:
Animation Sci-Fi Superhero Action Comedy Family
Length:
1 hr. 58 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
June 15, 2018 (wide release)
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Featuring: Samuel L. JacksonLucius Best / Frozone (voice)
Catherine KeenerEvelyn Deavor (voice)
Sophia Bush … Voyd (voice)
Holly HunterHelen Parr / Elastigirl (voice)
Craig T. NelsonBob Parr / Mr. Incredible (voice)
Jonathan Banks … Rick Dicker (voice)
Brad Bird … Edna Mode (voice)
Bob Odenkirk … Winston Deavor (voice)
Isabella RosselliniAmbassador (voice)
John RatzenbergerThe Underminer (voice)
Sarah Vowell … Violet Parr (voice)
Huck Milner … Dashiell 'Dash' Parr (voice)
Kimberly Adair Clark … Honey (voice)
Toya Turner … Honey Best / FroZone's Wife (voice)
Director: Brad BirdBrad Bird—“The Incredibles” (2004), “Ratatouille” (2007), “The Iron Giant” (1999)
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
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Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Prequel: “The Incredibles” (2004)

Without losing a step, “The Incredibles 2” picks up exactly where the hit first film left off… albeit with a slightly darker undertone and a bit more peril than before. Certainly worth the 14-year wait, we catch up with the Incredible family as they fight off the Underminer mole villain terrorizing the city. However, the movie doesn’t stop with the one-dimensional bad guy mole…

There is actually a lot more depth to this sequel than meets the eye. On one hand, it is a colorful, fast-paced kids action movie, but, on the other hand, it presents lots of deep, intellectual questions for adult viewers to mull over. For example, around the dinner table, Bill and Helen (Mr. And Mrs. Incredible) have an argument over what it means to be “good”—is it following the law even if it’s uncomfortable to do so or should a person have the right to disrespect a law that is not respectful of individuals? Both sides of the dilemma are discussed in a way that might be over kids’ heads a bit, but the film’s ever-witty script keeps them engaged. This altercation also brings to mind Acts 5:29 and Romans 13, which both address following God’s law rather than man’s.

Another way that the film explores more complex issues than the usual children’s movie is the way it weaves the narrative of the main antagonist who appears to be on the same page as Winston in his quest to make superheros legally able to practice “superheroing” in public again. Instead of being a flat, predictable character twist, however, the villain’s story is presented in such a way that we feel sorry for them. Based on a family tragedy, the superheros feels that when superheros are in charge, that people become too dependent on them and cease to act wisely or independently—and gives a speech lamenting people’s loss of real experiences that they are sacrificing to screen-time. Later, the harsh reality of this character’s anti-hero philosophy is revealed.

The animation is even more astounding than the first film, from the impeccably 1960s analog spy movie jazzy aesthetic, down to the perfectly lifelike wrinkles and creases on Mr. Incredible’s button up shirt. One major plot hole is that it is “discovered” that baby Jack-Jack also has superhero powers like the rest of the Incredibles, and the whole family is shocked by this, when it’s already been established in the first movie and in the 2005 Pixar short, “Jack-Jack Attack.”

Dash and Violet mature in their ability to understand their personal responsibilities to the family and grow to respect their parent’s wisdom a bit more. In their dealings with each other, Bill and Helen show the kids that it is important to be honest and true to one another, no matter what obstacles are in the way.

Violent moments abound and may not be suitable for younger viewers—near constant fight scenes (martial arts style punching and kicking, primarily, though there is some fire-fight), armed robbery, a character getting fatally shot at point blank range (seen in first person viewpoint), Jack-Jack setting himself on fire, turning into a monster, and shooting lasers from his eyes, cars flying, things exploding, and other action peril, characters hypnotized by strobe-like screens, characters fighting with an ax, a jackhammer, lasers, etc.

The characters have skin-tight costumes, married characters kiss, and Violet has a teen-crush on a classmate. Edna Mode is seen briefly smoking a long-stemmed cigarette, while there are a plethora of scenes with superheros and other people drinking what appears to be alcoholic beverages and talking about needing drinks to relax.

Language—I counted 2 “Oh my G*d” uses, “Oh L*rd” (1), “suc*” (1) and 2 uses each of “h*ll,” “dam*,” and “cr*p,” plus 3 unfinished “what the…”s and an “Ah jeez.” The language did not add anything to the excitement or realism of the movie and that alone is the most disturbing element to me, in that it was completely superfluous.

Depending on the sensitivity of your child, I might skip the short film, “Bao” shown just before the main feature. It is about a Chinese woman who accidentally creates a living dumpling which she raises as her child—Gingerbread Man style—and then, in a moment of anger, eats him. At our showing, there were trailers for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Bumblebee,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Christopher Robin,” and “Hotel Transylvania 3” which some parents may want to preview on-line before going to the theater.

  • Violence: Mild to Moderate
  • Profane language: Mild
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Mild
  • Nudity: None
  • Sex: Minor—a kiss
  • Occult: Minor

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Positive
Positive—Super Hilarious! One of the few sequels as good as, if not better than, the original. We have to see it again because we missed at least half of the movie from everyone—including us—laughing so hard throughout the whole movie. Sold out theater. Audience applauded. Pixar and the cast has surpassed themselves. Great fun! Go see it!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
Positive—I saw the first Incredibles when I was only 18 years old, and now I’m 32. It’s been a long time! Disney movies, especially the Pixar ones, always make me smile (and sometimes even tear up, in the case of “Coco”). The short they played before the movie started messing up my mascara (in the best way), and I thought it was so creatively done. Even the short had themes of family in it.

The movie itself wasn’t a tear-jerker, though, but that’s because it’s not that type of movie. Neither of “The Incredibles” movies are. But they’re still appealing to me because they mix adventure and real family issues into a roller coaster of a movie for all ages.

That’s not to say there aren’t scary moments for younger viewers. I’m a grown woman, and I had a hard time with the “mind control” elements of this movie. I’ve always found stories that feature mind control as a major plot device creepy and psychologically disturbing ever since I was a young child, and I still have nightmares about it sometimes.

So if you’re planning to take your kids and they’re sensitive at all to stories featuring mind control, my humble request is that you at least tell them about it beforehand to prepare them, or consider not taking them if they would find it too scary.

Still, it’s a great family film overall. Lots of good humor and nothing inappropriate (from what I can remember, maybe except for one time when the Edna Mode character takes God’s name in vain).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Becca, age 32 (USA)
Positive—“Incredibles 2” was definitely worth the long wait. It’s funny, well-animated, has a very strong story, and also has a lot of heart. Perhaps a little heavy on exposition in the first third and a few moments of awkwardly goofy, out-of-place dialogue. However, it’s still a whole mess of fun. Brad Bird is definitely one of the best directors Pixar has in tow. He knows how to craft good stories and great, memorable characters.

The film’s message is one of the most refreshing I’ve heard in a Hollywood movie in a long time. That parenting (including single parent-families) is a heroic act indeed. Familial love is praised, and the way the Parr family interacts reminds me more of “family movies” from the 90’s and 2000’s rather than out of today’s PC-driven Hollywood environment. With the exception of a few decisively more modern elements (more likely due to the advances in animation over the years), “Incredibles 2” truly feels like it follows its” 2004 predecessor in tone and style.

That being said, like its predecessor (which included mature ideas such as suicide and political intervention), “Incredibles 2” isn’t necessarily aimed at very young children like some other Disney/Pixar movies are. There are some content issues worth noting. The violence can be intense and scary at times, with some destruction and dizzying camerawork included (NOTE: strobe lighting is also used in a few scenes, which may cause health issues for those sensitive to bright, sudden lights). Adults are shown drinking alcohol. And, in (very sadly) a rarity for a Disney or Pixar cartoon, there’s a few uses of mild profanity as well (all by the character Evelyn, as she uses “I’ll be d***ed,” “promote the h*** out of it” and “bunch of crap” all once each. There’s also a handful of times where God’s name is interjected/misused).

With all of that in mind, parents of younger kids (if it were me, I would say ages 7 and under) may need to watch both films first before determining if its a safe choice for their kids. However, for older kids and fans of the original, it’s definitely a very worthy, very entertaining sequel.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Blake Wilson, age 23 (USA)
Positive—…I have been excited for this movie way before it was announced. I grew up with the first “The Incredibles” as one of my all time favorite movies, and always thought it deserved a sequel. I am currently a 19-year-old guy in college and, yes, I was very excited for this “kids movie.”

I have always appreciated Brad Bird’s decision to creatively create a story of superheroes whose primary focus was their family. We always see superheroes look out for those they love, but never in the family setting in the way “The Incredibles” did. To a big relief to some of you, this focus is not lost in its sequel. In fact, almost every decision Bob/Mr. Incredible and Helen/ElastiGirl make revolves around the rest of the family. This is what I believe to be the core of “The Incredibles” films. Without it, it’d just be another family-friendly superhero movie.

The plot of the film is pretty simple, however, the issues brought up in the film are more complex than typically seen in a kids movie. There is the legalization of superheroes that began in the first film and drives the plot of the second one. There is some talk of respecting and obeying the law even though it is unfair. Helen/ElastiGirl herself says it early on in the trailers, “… it’s crazy right? To help my family, I got to leave it. To fix the law, I got to break it.” This is the basis for her accepting her new job to help people see what superheroes actually do compared to what the news wants them to see. It makes a valid argument against unfair laws. While Helen/ElastiGirl is off at her new job, Bob/Mr. Incredible has to stay and take care of Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack, painting a good picture of the importance of both the father’s and the mother’s presence in the family and what single-parenting is like. He tries to go it alone and do it all himself, but that only exhausts him and makes things harder on both himself and his kids. Violet is dealing with relationship issues with Tony Rydinger from the last movie, Dash is struggling with math *coughs* common core *coughs*, and Jack-Jack is a baby who always needs full-on attention and then some. Violet eventually calls Lucius/Frozone to help, who asks how much sleep he has gotten, to which Bob/Mr. Incredible replies, “Who keeps track of that?” Bob/Mr. Incredible is very sacrificial in that he wants nothing more than to make sure his family is safe, healthy, and happy, even if he is not.

Alas, like all films, there are some downsides. The violence in the film was everyone’s main concern concerning the first film. It has been turned up a little bit from the first film but not by much. However, my main concern was the use of language in the film. This is the first film to my knowledge to use cuss words. In addition to the infrequent blaspheming of God’s name, there are single utterances of “da**,” “he**,” and “cr*p.” I was a bit disappointed in Pixar to make this change from probably the cleanest studio in mainstream Hollywood today. It slowly started with the violence in the first film and the innuendos made in it and others, but it has only gotten worse.

Speaking of innuendos and other suggestive content, the entire Parr family as well as most of the superheroes in the film don spandex supersuits that fit to their sometimes exaggerated figures. There isn’t another mirror scene like in the first film but there is a joke made about Violet’s adolescence which can be seen in some of the promotional material of the film. Nonetheless, it is about as tame/extreme as its predecessor. (There’s no one being blown up in plane turbines this time around, by the way.)

As one who is currently studying Communication and Media Arts as well as Art and Design in college, I was hoping the colors wouldn’t be too saturated and they weren’t. They were nicely complimented with true blacks, which makes the movie look like a comicbook. The film’s score was composed by Michael Giacchino, who composed the music for the first film. He delivers another strong score that is perfect for the action, drama, and fun that this movie has. The voice cast from the first film returned for this one and is still just as talented as they were 14 years ago. (Edna will forever be my favorite.) I am only disappointed in the simplicity of the plot and ease to predict what’s coming next, but I shouldn’t complain since it is technically a “kids movie” and exceeds in all of the other areas of quality.

Overall, I recommend this film for older children. If they handled the first film, they should be able to handle this one just fine. And just because it’s a “kids movie” doesn’t mean teens and adults can’t enjoy it. I’m technically both and I really enjoyed the film. One could say that it is “incredible” (pun totally intended).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Jase Brandt, age 19 (USA)
—Fourteen years after writer/director Brad Bird surprised us with “The Incredibles,” he returns with the same main cast and crew for a new adventure that picks up moments after the first one ends. And as stated in a special introduction before the cute short which precedes the main feature, the wait is worth it. The acting, writing, cinematography, directing, etc. is Incredible as usual. Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation have outdone themselves again.

Biblically-speaking, there is one use each of “hell” and “damned” and at least two misuses of God’s Name (not from the main cast), along with well executed action sequences which were bloodless, and no sexual content. Some of the violence is slapstick in nature (think Tom And Jerry meet The Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin), and clearly played for laughs. Children who loved the first film should have no problem with this second installment. Re-watch “The Incredibles” before viewing “Incredibles 2.” You’ll be glad you did. “Incredibles 2” is rated PG.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 32 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I loved the original movie and was really looking forward to seeing the sequel. Sadly, I did not enjoy this movie at all. The first part of the movie was slow, laborious, and uncomfortable to watch, as the family—particularly the parents—argue and are rude to one another. At one point, later in the movie, the dad is talking to his wife on the phone and is clearly upset that she is successful in her career. He is seething with anger and jealousy, while at the same time lying to her about how things are going at home. In the next moment she is telling him how much she loves him, and he says he loves her, too, but we all know that is not true… how are lying and jealousy acts of love? It was moments like this throughout the entire movie that made us feel uncomfortable.

The drinking, the language, and the violence made this movie not appropriate for a younger audience. I felt this movie was made for adults, not kids. The other “supers” in the movie were not well thought out or interesting. One has the “super-power” of vomiting, which was also hard to watch. One male super hero was very feminine. Jack-Jack was too much, and instead of being a novelty, he became annoying. At one point in the movie, Jack-Jack fights a raccoon, that seems rabid. The scene goes on way too long, and would be frightening for kids, and disturbing for anyone who has ever had a child. The dad at one point is frustrated and tells one of his kids that he “eats lightening and cr*ps thunder.” Was that supposed to be funny?

Technically, the film felt choppy and not well put together. Edna Mode’s character felt thrown in and unnecessary.

I feel that all the funny moments were in the trailer. The words that kept coming to mind as my husband and I discussed the movie was, “too much.” Everything about the movie was too much, like most sequels, too much arguing, too much violence, too much adult content. Everyone we know who has seen this movie had similar feelings… not a family movie, not well done.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Kay F., age 54 (USA)
Response from reader—This is a response to Kay F: While Bob does act childish and petty at one point in the movie over the success of his wife, once he makes it clear that all he wants is to be a good father and a good superhero, his children make it clear that he is one of the best. It is true, that Bob’s lying and jealousy is sinful, but there is never any doubt of the family’s love for each other.

True the profanity could have been left out, but thankfully it is far and few between. The drinking only lasts one scene, though Helen and Evelyn appear to stop after a bit much, ***SPOILER*** plus Evelyn is the villain and is the one who asks Helen to drink, drinking is presented in a negative light in hindsight. ***END SPOILER*** There is violence in the movie, but it is mainly superheroes trying to stop evil, which is good and biblical. Aside from a few moments, good is called good and evil is called evil. ***SPOILER*** Evelyn is exposed as the evil Screenslaver and the acts of heroism make superheroes legal again. ***END SPOILER***

I laughed numerous times during this movie, particularly the scenes with Jack Jack. While I wish there was more of Edna Mode, she was funny as is in the 10 to 15 minutes of screen time she had. All in all, go see “The Incredibles 2.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Peter, age 28 (USA)
Negative—I have to agree with Kay F. I told my husband that I felt they were always arguing. Then to insinuate violence with a gun in a children’s movie is just uncalled for. What is this country allowing Hollywood to “shove” down our throats. Come on America. Wake up. If you are brainwashed by Hollywood movies with this violence, what else can you expect except violence. This is an intentional “breaking” down of our morals to keep us from God. Shame on us for allowing it.

I enjoy the movies of the past “even the past” being 70’s and 80’s films. This is unfortunate, because I always enjoyed movies as a way to unwind and escape stress, but now they are making me stressed.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Brenda, age 48 (USA)

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