It’s been nearly 14 years since Pixar’s The Incredibles hit the silver screen, and not much has changed since in the latest addition to the franchise.
Incredibles 2 immediately follows the first film, opening with the Parr family suiting up to fight against the Mole Man, the featured villain from the final scene of The Incredibles. Though the family of superheroes stopped the Mole Man’s drill from crashing into City Hall, they let the money-stealing villain get away and their efforts to stop the drill caused an obscene amount of damage to the city.
Due to the heroism of The Incredibles and the destruction that followed, the public and the government were posed with the question: should superheroes be legalized once more? To Bob Parr A.K.A. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), the legalization of superheroes would not only bring back momentum into his life but it would also bring justice to all the supers in hiding. On the other hand, to his wife Helen A.K.A. Elastigirl, rules were made to be followed even when they’re unjust.
While Helen wants her family to be law-abiding citizens, she ends up making a choice to work with brother-sister duo, Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener), to superhero once more in order to give all superheroes the chance to use their powers for good.
Although it may seem that The Incredibles is another superhero story about fighting the good fight and being allowed to be who you are, I’d argue that this film is ultimately a story about family. It’s about a husband who takes on the role of fatherhood. It’s about a wife who joins the workforce, undermining the societal expectation that women should stay home and take care of the kids. And it’s about children who learn how to make smart decisions when confronted by hard situations.
Incredibles 2 is one of the few sequels from this age of nostalgia that truly lives up to its predecessor. Hopefully, with its success, we’ll be able to see a third installment in the near future.