There is a scene in The Incredibles that is one of my favorites of any movie. It’s where Elastagirl is flying a plane to save her husband when it comes under attack as she realizes her kids have snuck on board the plane. She calls mayday, saying “Abort, Abort. There are children on board. I repeat, there are children on board!” As missiles close in on the plane, she rescues them at the last split second.
That scene and the rest of the movie is so perfect and exciting that I didn’t think Incredibles 2 could live up it. Well, it does. Incredibles 2 is as good, if not better, than the original. And Elastagirl is just as cool and amazing in The Incredibles 2 as the first movie, but it’s better because she has so much more to do.
Incredibles 2 picks up at the exact moment the first movie ended. The supers are in trouble and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible are out of a job and living in a hotel with their super kids Violet (Sarah Vowel), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack Jack.
It seems hopeless until billionaire Winston Deavors (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keaner) come up with a plan to bring the supers back into society’s favor. But it’s not Mr. Incredible who they want to carry out their plan, it’s Elastagirl.
Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is hurt that he’s not chosen and overwhelmed by having to take care of his kids. He helps with homework, deals with Violet’s boy problems and tries to contain the awesome powers of Jack Jack – spontaneous combustion, cloning, traveling through walls.
Elastagirl, meanwhile, is on an epic crimefighting adventure to take down a villain that can control minds. I don’t want to give too much away, but eventually the entire family gets involved.
The Incredibles 2 is as good if not better than the original. Technology has changed so much in the last 14 years and you can really see a difference. There’s a scene where Elastagirl has come back from a battle and you can see her breathing. There’s much more detail in every scene.
There are also more female characters in this installment. Evelyn is the brains behind her family’s operation and there’s also a new female superhero, Voyd (Sophia Bush).
I don’t know if kids will notice all of that, but they will love the many laughs and the action. Like the first movie, it’s as much for adults as for kids. It has some dark scenes, lots of action and peril and loud noises. It will work for older kids and younger kids who are okay with action scenes.
If you’re wondering if the short film before The Incredibles 2 is as good the movie, you don’t have to worry. The short, Bao, is one of the most beautiful animated films I’ve seen since Up! It’s about a woman who makes bao (a Chinese dumpling) that turns into a bao boy who she raises into a bao man. The tears would not stop. I don’t know if it’s because I have boys or I was feeling emotional, but I could not stop crying. Every detail is so perfect – from the animation to the story to music – that I can’t wait to see it again.
The Incredibles 2 and Bao are in theaters now.