Mrs Incredible proves she can still twist and shout like the best of them in this smashing superhero sequel
Incredibles 2, available from Saturday 6 April in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG. Also available in HD
Superhero family the Incredibles (or the Parrs as they are known in their daily lives) are back, 14 years after the first film blew us away – and the sequel more than lives up to the hype. Now, it’s time for Mrs Incredible (Holly Hunter), aka Elastigirl, to have her moment of glory.
She’s picked as the poster girl for a strategy designed to improve relations between superheroes and the general public, much to Mr Incredible’s dismay. But she proves immediately popular, and why wouldn’t she? Headstrong, tough and smart, this is the lady who said in the first film, “Why would I settle down? I’m in here with the big dogs. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.” You go girl!
That leaves their three children, Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack in the care of their father, Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson). Despite his physical powers, he’ll have to draw on all his mental and inner strength to be in with a shot of fulfilling his daddy duties.
Moody teen Violet (Sarah Vowell), who has the power of invisibility, is contending with the ups and downs of her first crush, while superfast Dash (Huck Milner) is super-impatient when it comes to finishing his maths homework. Then there’s baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile and Nicholas Bird), the dark horse of the family, whose powers are still developing.
Returning writer and director Brad Bird doesn’t just make Incredibles 2 fun, he also makes it relevant. The film’s resident supervillain is the Screenslaver, who hypnotises people by broadcasting hypnotic patterns on the screens they’re glued to.
The central message here, however, is not simply that technology is bad or to be used in moderation, but that we should believe in ourselves and our own abilities rather than rely on technology to do everything for us.
Bird has three sons, so the disruptive effect of technology is never far from his mind. “Sometimes my wife and I really have to battle to keep video games from encroaching. They are everywhere, and they’re time-sucks, and they can have an addictive quality that I think people are really waking up to. That’s not healthy,” he told The Verge.
Aside from all those values and lessons, Bird says that above all, Incredibles 2 is “really just a big popcorn film”. So get a bag of the good stuff popping, snuggle up on the sofa and settle in for a super night of fun.
If you’re looking for more superpowered picks, look no further than Sky Cinema Superheroes, available until Monday 6 May in Sky Cinema on demand. With films like Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Wonder Woman and Ant-Man And The Wasp, it’s got all the high-flying, baddie-busting, world-wrecking action you could ever want.
For a handy guide to the strengths, skills, brains, gadgets and heart of The Incredibles, as well as some of the other superheroes from the collection, check out our breakdown of the super stats below.
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