3/4

Incredibles 2 [2018] ★★★

It took 14 years for writer-director Brad Bird to cook-up a sequel to his smash hit “The Incredibles”, but as a fan of the first film, it was well worth the wait. “Incredibles 2” is just as funny, fast-paced and entertaining as its predecessor. Like every Disney/Pixar film, this one relies on several key elements that make the overall experience memorable: a completely immersive environment, colorful characters, and an intriguing plot. In terms of story, there isn’t a better movie right now that expresses family values the way this film does. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is called in to save the world, leaving Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) to face his biggest challenge yet: to take care of his three children. I won’t say more, but get ready for some of the funniest sequences you’ll see in an animated film. The movie’s strongest asset is, of course, its familiar characters. It’s good to spend quality time, once again, with a family that we haven’t seen since 2004. There are some newcomers, and they all deliver the goods. But “Incredibles 2” never feels like a rehash of the first film. On the contrary, it works perfectly well as a standalone film, and opens the door for more installments (let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 14 years). At the screening I attended, adults and kids alike were all laughing and cheering. If you grew up with the first film, you can’t go wrong with “Incredibles 2”. Consider it one of the films that you MUST see this summer.

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