At The Movies: Incredibles 2

I’ve seen pretty much all the Pixar movies (I did draw the line at “Cars 3”) and my favorite of the bunch is “The Incredibles.” Brad Bird’s loving take on superheroes is funny, clever, touching, beautifully animated and action packed.

Fourteen years later, Bird and company are back with “Incredibles 2.” While it doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor, it’s still funny, clever, touching, beautifully animated and action packed.

Picking up where the original left off, the super-powered Parr family —  Bob (Craig T. Nelson), Helen (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack — face off against the evil Underminer (John Ratzenberger). The villain escapes but not before doing substantial property damage. The family is quickly arrested because, you should recall from the first film, operating as a superhero is illegal.

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The Parrs are given a slap on the wrist and sent home, where their government handler tells them he can’t help them anymore and they will lose their home in two weeks.

Things are looking bleak until Bob and Helen — along with super friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) — are invited to meet with siblings Winston and Evelyn Deavor (Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener). The Deavors want to make supers legal again, and they are rich enough, connected enough, and media-savvy enough to do it.

The plan hinges on Elastigirl, the most appealing and least destructive of the three, to win back public confidence in superheroes. But while Helen is busy stopping train wrecks and fighting the mysterious Screenslaver, Bob faces the incredible task of dealing with new math, a heart-broken teenager, and an out-of-control super baby.

“Incredibles 2” is another family friendly wild ride. The action scenes rival anything live-action superhero movies can pull off. The train sequence with Elastigirl is, well, incredible. And you can always clearly see what’s going on, unlike your typical DC fight scene.

The movie also has plenty of humor and heart, as usual. It’s lost a little of its freshness, 14 years later, and the plot isn’t as strong. If you haven’t figured out who the villain is long before Elastigirl does, you’re just not trying.

But the criticisms are minor. “Incredibles 2” may not be as incredible as the first one, but it’s still incredibly entertaining.

Oh, the movie is preceded by the short film “Bao.” It’s the strangest and kinda creepiest of the Pixar shorts.

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