Movie Stats & Links
||The voices of Craig T. Nelson,
Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee
||Pixar / Disney
||It is PG, so not
||Good for everyone.
||Lots of chasing
||Lots of laughing
||Just remember why
capes are bad.
||Too many to list.
The folks at Pixar have painted themselves into a
corner. Why? Because one of these times they will make a movie that
just falls flat on its animated face. But not yet, because "The
Incredibles" is another fabulous film from those fine folks, and
although I thought it was maybe ten-ish minutes too long, I enjoyed the
rest of the hour and forty-five minutes. I will give an initial word
of warning in case you donít read this entire review, and itís simply
the movie is rated PG, and much of the movie pokes fun at life in
suburbia, so the youngins might not get a lot of the jokes as much as
a "Toy Story" or
"Finding Nemo." That said; letís get to the story.
A Movie Review
The movie starts at a time where superheroes are indeed heroes, and
maybe none more highly regarded than Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig
T. Nelson). We find him on his wedding day where, as he keeps saving
the day, he keeps checking his watch saying "Iíve still got time."
Hooray, he's married and all seems well. All is well, at least
until lawyers get involved. It seems Mr. Incredible saved the
life of a guy trying to commit suicide, the man sued the government,
who sanctions the superheroes, and then the flood of lawsuits come.
Seeking to save face, the government sends all of the superheroes into
the superhero protection program, essentially sending them to suburbia
to live the life of normal people. Now Mr. Incredible is Bob Parr,
married to Helen, who used to be Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter),
and living with their son Dash, daughter Violet, and a little baby
Parr. Bob is in a crappy job at an insurance agency, while Helen has
adapted a little better to suburbia. Like any family, they have
arguments about work, the kids have problems at school, and this is
compounded by the fact that they have superpowers. Still, Bob is
unfulfilled, having once been Mr. Incredible and now just Bob. He
still hangs with his old buddy, Lucious, who used to be Frozone, and
they tell the wives they are going bowling a lot when in fact they sit
around listening to the police scanner, still trying to save lives.
After losing his job, Bob finds himself in a quandary - should he
tell Helen. But then a strange opportunity arrives, a mysterious man
needs Mr. Incredible to be Mr. Incredible and save his company from a
crazed robot. Saving the day, now Bob keeps telling Helen he is going
on business trips, and the money starts rolling in. But then the gig
is up, Helen suspects something is going on with Bob, maybe another
woman, and she begins the investigative work as only a wife can.
Well, things arenít what they seem, and now the entire family gets
wrapped up in saving the world from a madman, so the movie changes
from life in suburbia to the kids learning exactly what powers they
have, and a family bonding together by being different.
Iím not going to go into how the family ends up having to work
together, as that might give away some of the fun, so Iíll just say
the this movie has two parts, the first half where life in suburbia is
the case, and the second half, where superheroes need to save the
world. And, of course, they do.
Iím thinking that after reading the synopsis you can understand why
Iím saying this movie might not be for the really young because a lot
of the jokes are about family life, and they might not get it.
Not as cutesy as "Finding Nemo", "The Incredibles" is still as good
as Pixar gets. The animation is getting unbelievable, and the
storytelling is still top-notch. With that, Iím giving "The
Incredibles" 4 Ĺ stars out of 5, in fact, I think adults might like
this movie even more than the kids, especially if they are any kinda
fan of superheroes.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!