I never saw it coming, honestly. I never expected that there would actually be a sequel in the first place- so I gotta give props to Disney for giving us a grand surprise 14 years after the first movie’s release. But why did it take so long? Although the wait might have left some of us anxious to see how it turns out, I think it was only Disney’s shady strategy to earn bigger in the box office. Everyone loves a big spur of nostalgia, after all. So is this movie really just about throwbacks, reminding you of your childhood - or is it proven to be worth a watch, all that nostalgia aside?
The movie literally starts where they last left us, and suddenly I felt like I was brought back to my younger days. Only this time around, they shined a more profound light on the characters being a family of supers; Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack Jack - from dealing with a hectic household all the while fighting for justice. That was the theme in the first movie as well, but we really get to see it show this time around, especially with Jack Jack’s 17 superpowers. It’s quite an ambitious addition, really. But sometimes even the most illogical things can become more exciting to watch.
After much thought, the film is much smarter than I how I first perceived it. Incredibles 2 painted a new perspective to superhero movies- as it’s not only good versus evil anymore. There's more to it than just fighting the bad guys. It wasn’t all about who wins the battle in the end, Incredibles 2 was a progressive conversation on how we view the world; on how we view superheroes as mighty, unworldly beings - and how we are supposed to depend our lives on them and their fancy powers.
You have to admit, superhero movies can get a little boring sometimes because it’s typically a battle between the righteous Superman against the world abominating bad guy. The antagonist in Incredibles 2 features Screen Slaver who kind of mocks our obsession over our phones and monitors but more importantly, the villain shows us how we really do view our perspectives from a screen - so as images and headlines shift, we tend to follow - much like being enslaved, hence the name. I thought it was quite smart of Disney to bring that into thought, to use our modern day enemy in disguise as the superheroes’ enemy too. Also, it’s ironic to learn all this while watching the movie off a screen. *screen-ception!*
To put it simply, Incredibles 2 was not only nostalgic but quite refreshing as well. Disney knew that if they wanted to make an Incredibles 2 happen, they’d have to come up with something out of the box and maybe a little ambitious. I’d like to add special credits to the animators, though. See the amazing attention to detail? It’s crazy.
Honestly, it’s not that bad either to just watch Incredibles 2 to celebrate nostalgia. Go ahead and travel back in time to your childhood heart’s content!