The Incredibles (2004, animated)
Plot: When the Government outlaws superheroes, Bob Parr, AKA Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), goes through a mid-life crisis, bored with his mediocre job and life. When a mysterious top secret organization calls him back into action, he gets in over his head as his super powered family is forced to join him in battle.
The Incredibles is a mix between superheroes and James Bond, but kid friendly. It’s also one of Pixar’s best films. Any movie that has a French villain named ‘Bomb Voyage’ already scores major points in my book. With so many other attempts at copying the ‘super people trying to live normal lives’ thing, none come close. This is really apparent in subtle scenes like Parr and his wife arguing at home. Yes, this family has super powers, but they truly are a real family. The characters are all top notch. Mr. Incredible is a great lead, Elastigirl uses her powers the best out of anyone, the villain has a brilliant back story, and man do I love Frozone. Oh yea, and the costume maker Edna is pretty funny. The story is just as strong. I like the idea of superheroes getting outlawed because some douche bag sued Mr. Incredible. The film is oozing with cleverness. I love the explanation for why capes are impractical and how it plays in later on in the movie. The animation is impressive, especially with action sequences like Dash running through the woods, which was clearly influenced by the speeder bike chase in Return of the Jedi. The settings are really eye dropping though, most notably the lava water fall wall and Edna’s mansion. The film drags a bit, and the kid characters (Violet and Dash) are kind of annoying, but this is a well crafted superhero tale.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (Really Great)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone
-Do I really have to explain a Samuel L. Jackson choice? It’s just small moments, like having a casual conversation in passing with Mr. Incredible while creating ice bridges.
Worst Performance: Spencer Fox as Dash Parr
-I get he’s supposed to be hyper and excited, but it was a little much. I just found him annoying.
Best Line: “I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!” –The Underminer
-It’s right before the credits, but this line is brilliant. I almost want to see a sequel where the Underminer is the main villain, but I think I’d rather just leave it like this. He seems more legendary if his only appearance was for ten seconds.
Worst Line: “Super Duper dad!” –Violet in response to if she’s okay
-I think we could have done without this.
-The fight with the final giant robot in the city was pretty cool. It’s just super powers galore from everyone. But Frozone once again steals the show, just going crazy.
-What the hell is the baby’s power at the end! So he morphs? He turns into fire, then metal, and then the devil? What the hell was that?
-It’s a very simple scene with Mr. Incredible and Frozone chatting about the old days. Frozone goes on about how a super villain caught him once, but he just starts to monologue. It’s clever and great delivery from Samuel L. Jackson.
-I had to really dig deep for this one as I don’t remember any scene really being bad. But I guess Dash and Violet alone in the cave is longer then it needs to be. They can’t really carry a scene.
-Frozone and his wife arguing about him going out to help save people. The real genius of this is that we never even see his wife, but she’s pretty damn funny when she responds ‘My evening’s in danger’ when Frozone pleads ‘the public is in danger.’
Bad Ass Moment:
-Elastigirl really steals the show in terms of super power usage, and when her body’s stuck in like three doors, she’s still able to defeat all the guards and escape, which was just fricking ridiculous.