Well I’m back, got my release dates wrong so it’s actually Incredibles 2 up for review this week and while I have been away a little while our cartoon superhero family have been away a lot longer, 14 years ago in fact and they don’t seem to have aged a day a la The Simpsons.
So what are the family up to now? Well not unlike the X Men universe, this family and all the other superheroes are no longer flavour of the month and are hiding in the shadows and a bit of positive PR is called for. Mr Incredible has now stepped into the role of full time parent while Elastigirl has now stepped forward when ever danger comes calling.
Well how can I put this kindly, Mr Incredible is not really doing all that well when it comes to bringing up the kids – his efforts to help Dash with his Maths homework are probably going just about as well as his fumbling attempts to help Violet with her romantic love life and Jack – Jack well that’s another story and a good one at that and this is where this film’s particular strenght is and where the greatest comedic scenes are.
There is of course a villain to be defeated, but this is really Jack – Jack’s coming of age movie even though he does not seem to have aged all that much. He doesn’t just have one power – he has many and all played for full comic effect.
It’s great to have this comic family back in our lives and this movie builds on what made the first one so enjoyable and should this morph into a trilogy – Disney / Pixar don’t leave it so long next time!!