Guys, I’m so sorry this took me so long to come out with. I have been actively avoiding writing this review.
My second least favorite review to write is one that is both very popular amongst the film community, while simultaneously being something that I despise on a personal level (First Reformed is a good example of that)…
…My absolute least favorite review to write is one that I have absolutely nothing to say about it. Incredibles 2 is one of these movies. So excuse me while I try to force my way through this review. I promise I’ll try to make it as accurate and entertaining as I can.
If you could boil down my thoughts on Incredibles 2 in twenty words or less, it would go something like
“I was entertained, and I had a good time, but there really isn’t anything special about it.”
So I guess we’ll start with what I really liked.
As with every Pixar movie, the animation is top-notch.
The majority of humor works really well. Most of it utilizes that disjointed-family type of humor, and most of it was very relatable.
The soundtrack, while not necessarily amazing, was very acceptable and was very reminiscent of the first Incredibles movie.
I really liked Mr. Incredible’s character arc. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but I did feel like he at least developed as a character.
The voice acting was, in general, very good, even though you could occasionally tell that most of the actor’s voices aged 14 years (ESPECIALLY Mr. Incredible played by Craig T. Nelson).
And I think that’s it…
I guess now, we’ll talk about the “meh” and the “bad”.
None of the other characters go through any sort of interesting arc or development. Elastigirl is essentially the strong and empowered female karyotype that appears in so many films these days, and she was essentially made as a symbol for the modern, “unconventional” family type of today. Dash is just an annoying kid. Violet goes through teenage angst until she doesn’t anymore. And Jack Jack was little more than the cute-baby-humor dispenser.
I’m not saying any of these characters were bad. I’m saying that they were generally shallow, certainly shallower than the first movie.
I thought the motivations behind the main villain were kind of weird and convoluted… and I saw the twist coming a mile away.
I thought the movie spent WAY too much time focusing on stuff that didn’t matter (especially, but not limited to, the scene with Jack Jack and the raccoon). It’s a good thing that many of these scenes were cute and/or humorous, so as to not completely detract from the overall film, but I generally thought they made the movie feel forgettable.
There’s also quite a few things that I could “nitpick”, but I’m not going to go too much into it because I’m sure Film Twitter will just say that I’m part of the problem with the “reviewing community”… I’m just stating this because it shows a pattern of thoughtlessness in this movie.
And by the way, that’s generally the purpose of “nitpicking” a movie. It isn’t to find a whole bunch of nitpicks and then declare a movie as bad… it’s generally to demonstrate that a movie was thoughtless in its execution. I digress.
And I think that’s about it…
So you’ll probably notice, none of my praises or criticisms are massive deals. Nothing really makes or breaks this movie. It’s just a very entertaining movie that’s kind of forgettable.
Despite my lukewarmness on this movie, I’m still recommending it. I had a good time with it. But at the end of the day, I felt more like I was watching another episode of “The Incredibles TV show” than I did seeing another “The Incredibles Movie”. It was very sitcom-ish. Again, that’s not to say that as a bad thing, it’s to say that the movie is largely inconsequential, to me at least.