May or may not be some spoilers ahead so at your own risk.
After 14 years the new Incredibles movie come out, picking up almost exactly where the last one ended. The movie did well on many fronts. It had me hooked on the plot line the whole time. Never did I want to fall asleep or find my self wanting it just to be over. It wasn’t just action porn and nor was it boring.
The similar theme of the first Incredibles bleeds into the next one. The general theme of being the best that you can be and not let others boss you around is still a large part of the movie. In the Incredibles universe Superheroes are banned still. So they are acting illegally when they do their heroic acts in the beginning. There are several lines that would make (((Ayn Rand))) smile that several of the characters say about politicians. Mostly how they do stupid things and are incompetent, and where’s the lie?
A nice conversation breaks out after the Parr family has to resort to living in a motel because of their home being destroyed where the debate the question of if following the law is always good. Through their actions they all agree that the law is not always good and at times it’s unjust and you have to disobey the law. Specially the law regarding the outlaw of superheroes.
One rich media tycoon, Winston Deavor, is a fan of superheroes and wants to legalize superheroes. He does this through a media campaign where Elastigirl, because she is the least reckless, fights crime to show that superheroes are good. The brains behind much of the tycoon is Winston’s sister – Evelyn Deavor.
Although the aesthetics make Winston Deavor look like a bad guy, he doesn’t actually turn out to be. This is a very nice break from the cliche that the rich guy is always the bad guy. In fact, it’s his sister who turns out to be to the main super villain controlling people. Evelyn admits that her brother is a master salesman and she just invents things.
Throughout the movie I was just waiting for Winston to turn out to be the bad guy, but was pleasantly surprised to know that he is simply a rich guy trying to make the world a better place. That’s what I like about the movie the most. It’s almost Randian. The idea of powerful people being able to make the world a better place and their doing it for legitimate reasons. The Parr family are people you can look up to. While they do have their problems they are a wholesome family that does extraordinary things. Only a deranged person would say that they don’t want a family like that.
What I was disappointing with was the other superheroes. Not their powers or personality but who they. They are not presented as powerful, confident, self respecting superheroes like all the other superheroes in the last one were. They are represented as outcasts. They are shown with weird hair and awkwardness. They are not shown as the ideal person as the Parr’s are. They make you cringe looking at them.
Lastly, the theme of parenting is brought up. Edna, the short girl who designs all the clothes, says that parenting done right is a super power on its own. Try finding that in a movie. Try finding that in a movie where the parents are not divorced and their children are not messed up.
There are even a few feminist type lines about women being the in the work force. However there’s nuance. In the movie, when a woman is in the workforce she (in the case of Elastigirl) has her husband staying at home or (In the case of Edna and Evelyn) have no children.
Overall it was a great movie and I highly reccomend it. It’s one of those rare movies that someone with traditional values can watch and not feel the need to cringe 24/7.