I will say it. I LOVE Pixar and genuinely believe they can do no wrong.
So, it was a fair assumption that I would love The Incredibles 2.
Okay, what's to love.
First of all, the eponymous short - the little film that comes at the start of the film - like the one with the birds on the wire from Monsters Inc, or the one about the Jackalope film, or my favourite, which came out in cinemas with Inside Out, the one about the two volcanoes - Lava.
Bao has all of the emotional clout you expect from a Pixar short - funny, sad and wise.
And then we come to the main feature, which takes place immediately after the first film, which was released about 14 years ago. In the last scenes of the original film, the family start to battle a new baddie, The Underminer.
The Incredibles 2 takes place just after this, where once again, the super family find themselves at odds with the law.
IMDB.com describes the plot at "While the Parr family has accepted its collective calling as superheroes, the fact remains that their special heroism is still illegal. After they are arrested after unsuccessfully trying to stop the Underminer, their future seems bleak. However, the wealthy Deavor siblings of Devtech offer new hope with a bold project to rehabilitate the public image and legal status of Supers, with Elastigirl being assigned on point to be the shining example. Now having agreed for now to stay at home to care of the kids, Mr. Incredible finds domestic life a daunting challenge, especially with baby Jack-Jack's newly emerged powers making him almost impossible to manage. However, Elastigirl soon has her own concerns dealing with the menace of a new supervillain, Screenslaver, who is wreaking havoc with his mind control abilities. Now, Elastigirl must solve the mystery of this enemy, who has malevolent designs on the world with the Parr family and friends key targets of this evil."
The Incredibles 2 is funnier than the original - and most of it comes from Jack-Jack's hi-jinks. The scenes with the raccoon are comedy gold. The film also has a lot to say about modern parenting and what we do as a family to get by.
The film also sees the return of all if the original voices - Holly Hunter as Elastagirl, Craig T. Nelson as Mr Incredible and Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk as the new nemesis, Evelyn Deavor and Winston Deavor. There are
There is also the return of Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) Rick Dicker and Edna Mode - three of my favourite characters from the first film.
What Pixar does best is animation that appeals to all ages. Kids will love the action sequences. Adults will adore the wry humour.
The only small detraction from the film is the strobe effects which are plied liberally through the film make this unsuitable for anybody with epilepsy or who have trouble with these types of lighting effects.
For me, my only question is when can I go and see it again.
Love it. More please.
Four and a half stars.
I have been challenged to select songs that are less than five years old. My kid brother has said that I have strange taste in music. I give you Amy Shark (2017)