“Superheroes are illegal,” says Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl (voice of Holly Hunter). “We can’t count on anyone else; the superhero program’s shut down.” “I just thought it was cool, fighting crime — as a family,” says disappointed daughter Violet Parr (voice of Sarah Vowell). “It was cool,” says Mom, “but it’s over.” That’s the setup for “Incredibles 2,” the long-awaited (14 years!) sequel to Pixar’s big 2004 animated blockbuster.
Was it worth the wait? Will you love the sequel just like you loved the original? Who’s the bad guy this time? For answers, see “Incredibles 2.”
Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson return as the voices of Helen and Bob Parr, aka Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible. Their incredible children, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, are voiced by Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner and Eli Fucile. Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener are new characters, billionaire Winston Deavor and sister Evelyn Deavor. “I love superheroes,” says Winston, “just like my father did.” He is determined to bring the heroes back and has a plan he knows will succeed. “The perfect launch is with Elastigirl!” he says. Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of Lucius Best, aka superhero Frozone.
Others in the voice cast include John Ratzenberger as The Underminer, Isabella Rossellini as the Ambassador, Jonathan Banks as Rick Dicker and Sophia Bush as Voyd. Listen for writer/director Brad Bird as the voice of diminutive designer Edna Mode. Bill Wise is the voice of Screenslaver.
“Incredibles 2” begins where the 2004 original left off. The Underminer, like a supervillain mole, robs banks by burrowing through the city with a giant pneumatic drill. The Incredibles work to stop him — which they do (not a spoiler) — but there’s so much destruction in Metroville that superheroes are declared illegal. With Brad Bird’s smart script and direction, “Incredibles 2” picks up the story: Will the legal status of superheroes be restored? Can Elastigirl save the world from Screenslaver, a devious and all-too-real bad guy? Can stay-at-home dad, Mr. Incredible, learn new math and help Dash with homework? Can he reunite daughter Violet and her boyfriend? Will Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers wreck the house? Edna Mode says it right: “Done properly, parenting is a heroic task.”
Rated PG for action sequences and mild language, “Incredibles 2” (like the original) runs almost two hours (118 minutes). But it’s fun.
Family flick, “Incredibles 2,”
Fun for your family — and you!
Mother works; father’s at home:
Working together — not alone!