Today is the official release day for Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 in theaters! Do you have your tickets yet? If not, hurry, Fandango reports that Incredibles 2 has crushed the record for animated film pre-sales and surpassed their weekend ticket sales for other movies. Plus, the movie is seriously incredible. Pun intended. This week my family was able to attend an early screening, below is my spoiler free Incredibles 2 movie review.
Disney Pixar Spoiler Free Incredibles 2 Movie Review
The Incredibles Kids
In the first The Incredibles Disney Pixar film we got to see the Parr family struggle with having powers they couldn’t use. Dash wasn’t allowed to be in sports due to being too fast and risking his secret being known. Violet struggled with fitting in as a typical teen and felt invisible, which also happened to be her superpower. In the first movie, the kids were more of secondary characters. This all changes in Incredibles 2. Although Jack Jack steals the show with his family finally realizing he has powers, Dash and Violet took the spotlight of several scenes.
I loved how each of the family had a larger role in this movie. You get to see the kids take charge and their powers developed. The visual effects are stunning in this film so the superpowers appear to be increased from what they were 14-years ago. I know we owe a big thanks to growing technology for this, but on screen it plays out as though when the kids were no longer being forced to tame/hide their powers they could step out as themselves more.
Mr. Incredible – The Stay At Home Dad
As you’ve seen in the trailers, Elastigirl goes off to fulfill her role as a super while Bob stays home with the kids. This role reversal is hilarious. I promise every parent can relate to his struggles and her worries and you will have many laughs.
Pixar did an amazing job showing character development throughout this movie. We watch Mr. Incredible go through several emotions about being a stay-at-home dad. Without him even admitting his struggles, we can see it unfold and play out. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say he steps up to the plate and shines. I think that is a message all families, especially kids, need to see. It doesn’t have to be a mom that helps with homework or cooks dinner, dads can do it just as well.
Edna Mode in Incredibles 2
We all love Brad Bird’s Edna Mode and were excited to see him resume her role in this second film. I was actually impressed with the new side of E that we get to see. She almost appears a little happier in this movie and eager to work with the Incredibles family while being her true sassy self. We see her work with Jack Jack, which is hilarious.
I feel like Edna Mode adds more value to this sequel than she did the first film, although we loved her the first time around too.
New Incredibles 2 Superhero Characters
We are introduced to several new supers in this sequel. I have loved Sophia Bush since One Tree Hill in 2003. So I was excited to see her character – Voyd. I had to listen closely to Voyd’s voice to recognize Sophia Bush. I love that! She did a fabulous job at slightly changing her voice to become Voyd. There are some animated movies that the characters sound so much like the famous actor voicing them, that all I can picture is the actor instead of the character I’m watching on screen. That’s not the case with Voyd, so kudos to Sophia Bush.
We had a nice intro to these new characters but they did not take over much of the film. It stayed very much all about the Incredibles family. They were shown just enough to provide some depth to scenes and the storyline.
Action and Scary Scenes
I have heard from several people that Incredibles 2 scared their little ones. There is an intense fight scene between Elastigirl and the new villain, however, I didn’t find it scary. I think the sensory overload may be what bothers younger ones. There is a lot of flashing lights and darkness during the scene. My kids are older so I cannot speak to what kids think. I took my 9-year-old niece and she loved it. The flashing lights in two scenes got to me slightly, only because I have light sensitivity, but the movie was worth it. We saw it in IMAX which was amazing.
Making of the Incredibles 2
Thanks to Disney Pixar I was able to attend a media event at Pixar Animation Studios. I shared a lot of behind the scenes exclusive info from my trip. In case you missed those posts, see the list below. I developed a much stronger appreciation for filmmaking after my trip and seeing what all goes into making this family-friendly movie.
Head to your local theater this weekend to see Incredibles 2 – it’s been 14-years of waiting on this sequel and you will not want to miss it on the big screen. Then tell me what you think! Are we connected on social?