The Incredibles (2004)

A new-classic with delicate animation pushing technological boundaries, epic comic book world-building/action, fine characterization, bombastic score, and cogent depth of mature analytical themes & humor on 9-5 & family superheroicism while denunciating societal mediocrity-sustenance over dreams, TI continues Pixar’s streak of – well, incredible – motion pictures. 8.8/10.

Plot Synopsis: In this lauded Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it’s up to his family to save him.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Pros: Cool opening sequence of superhero interview montages and incredible opening action sequence and classic-superhero chase, a whole bunch of clever superhero history Easter Eggs referencing things like the Batmobile in the Incredimobile, ‘mild mannered alter ego’ / the town being called Metroville like Metropolis, saving cats out of trees to comic book superman, and of course all of the Incredibles’ design/powers: Mr. Incredible being a DC’s Superman/Batman (1938-39) mash-up, Elastigirl being from DC’s Plastic Man (1940, before Mr. Fantastic sorry not sorry), Dash being from DC’s The Flash (1941), Violet from Marvel’s Invisible Woman (1963), Frozone being from DC’s Killer Frost (1978), and the incredible villain Syndrome exactly the story of DC’s Reverse Flash (although dressed like Robin) going from biggest fan to enemy because of how he was treated which is why he’s such a good villain as the best ones come back to haunt them, top-notch animation and voice-acting, a really strong score by Giacchino, a lot of stylish sequences like the noir-like superhero lawsuits, inventive and funny idea of showing superheroes try family life and the boring real-world and poke fun at the sharp contrast, wry humor peppered throughout the film, the island subplot absolutely STUNNINGLY cinematographed and mysterious in perhaps the coolest private island setting of All-Time, , Edna Mode the MBP and most hilarious character. No capes., gives each superhero enough and near equal screentime, hilarious family antics super-sized like RV in the sky and chase scene fighting over directions, great character development for all characters, strong final act and ending

Cons: wish they’d given Syndrome more screentime and backstory – also could’ve looked a little more intimidating, almost too many action sequences – could’ve maximized character development/backstory that seems slightly undercooked – action’s great but overwhelms the palate

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