The Incredibles 2 3D

Sequel to Disney/Pixar's 2004 box office crushing CGI action-adventure. Oscar-winning writer-director Brad Bird returns alongside fellow Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter (voicing Elastigirl). Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.

It's a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again.

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Disney/Pixar

Action, Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction, 3D

118mins

Rating: PG Violence & coarse language

USA

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Aaron Yap

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If Incredibles 2 hadn’t been 14 years late in the making, and there wasn’t a superhero movie coming out every other month, it’d could easily have been The Road Warrior of the Pixar stable. I’d be lying if genre fatigue hasn’t scrubbed a little freshness off the franchise.

Having said that, this sequel, even when it somehow begins to unfavourably echo Speed 2: Cruise Control towards the end, is muscular, breathtakingly kinetic and visually smashing, boosted by an eye-popping richness in colour and texture that could only come from years of refined digital craft. Despite reservations, I walked out of the theatre feeling like I’d just watched the year’s most exhilarating action movie.

Where the strikingly prescient The Incredibles took on the toxic fanboy, Incredibles 2 is very much of the Now, its slightly distended narrative preoccupied with gender politics, globalism and consumerism. In a switching of roles, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) parks his breadwinner duties to play an increasingly harried Mr. Mom, while fan favourite Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is thrust into the spotlight, becoming the face of a movement to overturn the outlawed, disreputable status of superheroes.

There are definitely beats that slip into naggingly stock zone—the spectre of Carpenter’s They Live looms unusually large over the villain’s masterplan. But Incredibles 2 hits enough exuberant peaks to overlook those quibbles. Anything involving Elastigirl on a bike and Jack-Jack discovering the destructive range of his polymorphic powers is dynamite, but I’m comfortable saying all of Brad Bird’s dexterous action sequences blow his live-action peers out of the water.

Los Angeles Times

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Though it would be unrealistic to expect "Incredibles 2" to have quite the genre-busting surprise of the original, it is as good as it can be without that shock of the new - delivering comedy, adventure and all too human moments with a generous hand.

Vulture

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Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture.

Hollywood Reporter

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Incredibles 2 certainly proves worth the wait, even if it hits the target but not the bull's eye in quite the way the first one did.

Variety (USA)

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What was organic, and even obsessive, in the first outing comes off as pat and elaborate formula here.

Rolling Stone

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This follow-up is every bit the start-to-finish sensation as the original, and Brad Bird's subversive spirit is alive and thriving. Like its Oscar-winning predecessor, The Incredibles 2 doesn't ring cartoonish. It rings true.

The Guardian

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Bird seizes on a key insight: healthy families can reconstitute themselves and come out better for it. Healthy sequels can, too.

FilmInk (Australia)

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...while briskly and breezily enjoyable, The Incredibles 2 lacks the poppy freshness of its predecessor.

NZ Herald (Dominic Corry)

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This is the most bountiful visual feast seen yet in a year full of bountiful big-screen feasts.