So after a fourteen year wait, which the makers of this movie felt we needed to be reminded off (there’s a blurb before the movie starts) we have a sequel to the Incredibals movie. We are told, directly by the actors, that it was worth the wait.
I beg to differ. Some movies and stories are best left as stand alone films, despite their popularity.
The movie basically has two plots. The mom going back to work and the dad trying to contend with the kids. The positive thing I will say is that the dad story line is highly entertaining and something many will relate to as parents. They were able to do some very original story lines with the multi-skilled baby. The mom’s story tho… very predictable. And sadly, hers contains the main plot, the new villain and need for the superheroes to emerge from the shadows.
If you have kids, sure, take them, they’ll love it just because it has their favorite characters again. As an adult with no kids, I felt I wasted my time.
As the trailer shows, this is a cute happy animated movie. To me, the children who are the main characters do less maturing and character growth, than the adults. In many ways, the children are showing the adults to change their views and overcome past events that left them scarred. But to the kids watching the movie, it will just be a fun adventure of two kids making their dreams come true, the second layer is more for the adults watching. The movie isn’t anything spectacular, but it is worth watching if you are wanting to see a nice flick with your kiddos. The music is probably the best part, there are some real winners.
This movie had some very surprising aspects to it. The opening scenes are very Samaria-ish, giving it a Kung Fu Panda and Samaria Jack feel. Several different cultures are represented, with the evil wolves going from 20’s gangsters to Cold Era Russians. In the city, it seemed a mash up of New York, Nashville and maybe even Tokyo.
Aside from the settings, the plot of the movie is much more thought out than the trailers explain. The ongoing humor is mostly based on the main character, Bodi, being naïve and gullible due to his sheltered life, and then there’s dim witted animals, like the sheep, who just have a low IQ and memory problems, but still come off as sweet and something you want to protect.
The part I was the most surprised with was the addition of superpowers. In the opening scene I figured it was just an exaggerated legend, but it turned out to be a bit of magic, the only real magic in an otherwise scientific world, which was a bit odd, but they managed to make it work. It did leave me wondering why no one else had powers, and where the rest of the dogs were. No background story was given as to the origin of Bodi’s family. Hopefully there will be a sequel to explain it, since this movie was definitely good enough to earn a sequel.
So this movie gets a thumbs up as one of the best animated movies I’ve seen in a while, both adults and children are likely to enjoy it.
I hadn’t planned to see this movie, the trailers just didn’t make it seem that appealing and other reviews weren’t promising. I was delightfully surprised.
The hidden messages in this movie amazed me. I was not expecting the plot to be so thoroughly developed. Most of the movie was kept lighthearted and filled with jokes that will keep the younger kids entertained.