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14 years after the first film, Disney-Pixar is finally here to bring us back to the Parr family with “Incredibles 2”!  Picking up where the original left-off, the Parr family is leaving Dash’s track meet when the Underminer arrives to wreak havoc on the city.   After (unsuccessfully) fighting him and causing a large amount of damage, the family must once-again relocate to avoid being detected.  After being tracked-down by a man named Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener), Bob (Craig T. Nelson) and Helen (Holly Hunter) discover that the owners of DevTech have something much larger in-store for them.  They want to re-legalize Supers in the World and they feel their best option to sway the public is Helen’s Elastigirl.  This leaves Bob at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dashiell (Huck Milner), and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile), as he transitions to his new way of life.  However, a mysterious villain named the ScreenSlaver appears and the Parr’s may be the World’s only hope for not only the return of Supers, but for the Earth’s survival as well.

I can still remember seeing “The Incredibles” for the first time back in 2004.  At that time, I was not the target audience (I was in 6th grade) but I remember being blown-away by this animated classic.  Equal parts interesting and fun, it was a rare animated film that was truly ageless!  Well, I’m happy to say that Disney-Pixar has struck gold once again, because “Incredibles 2” is for all viewers of any age as well!  There are parenting and other adult values for its original fan base and plenty of childhood messages for today’s youth about the importance of family.  As with the original, the film’s voice-cast does tremendous work as well.  Nelson delivers constant humor with his tone and delivery and Jackson’s Frozone has great timing as well.  However, the star of the show this time around is none other than Jack-Jack (with a wide variety of powers too).  Either through his actions or facial mannerisms, the baby of the Parr family steals the film and delivers laugh-after-laugh!  And for those wondering, Director Brad Bird gives us more of his loveable, sharp costume designer Edna Mode.  This Incredibles offering also gives us a look at the mass Supers that have been in-hiding since the Government’s ruling.  Adding another layer to the film’s story and expanding the universe as well.  “Incredibles 2” features multiple eye-stunning action sequences, which are elevated even higher while set-to Michael Giacchino’s catchy and hum-worth score; I can only imagine how great this would have looked in 3-D!  At 118 minutes, “Incredibles 2” flows smoothly from start to finish, leaving the audience thoroughly entertained and hoping for more future adventures!

After the 14 year wait, The Incredibles are back with another adventure that is both visually stunning and incredibly-entertaining that is fun for the whole family!  With a number of intriguing action set pieces and laughter-fueled scenes, it’s bound to leave you with a smile on your face.  I just hope it’s not another 14 years before we see the Parr family again!


INCREDBILES 2 is rated PG for action sequences and some brief mild language, in theaters JUNE 15TH! 

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