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The Incredibles

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The Incredibles Story line

Mr. Incredible (A.K.A. Bob Parr), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world’s greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Always saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire of being a superhero and force to live a “normal life” with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction.

The Incredibles Details

the incredibles 2004Rated PG | 115 Minutes | Animation

Studio/YearPixar Animation Studios | 2004
DirectorsBrad Bird
VoicesCraig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis, Teddy Newton, Jean Sincere, Wallace Shawn, Spencer Fox, Lou Romano, Sarah Vowell
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Family
 
 
 
 

The Incredibles Review

WOW! What a movie. I can honestly say this is in my top ten movies of all time, how do Pixar continue to out do themselves at every movie release?

The Incredibles is a fantastic story, wonderfully scripted and with the most stunning animation you have ever seen, it provides a perfectly rounded story with plenty of action, laughs and (almost) tears.

Basically, this is a story of a man encountering a mid life crisis and leaping headlong into it without a care or a thought for his family, proving exceedingly selfish and failing to see the good in his life. Meanwhile the wife is left to try and look after the family. Really, that’s the story. Now, what Pixar have done is drop in the idea that the parents are Superheroes, banned from being Super many years previously by the Government and the people, trying to live a normal life. Add to the mix that some of their children have inherited their own powers and that the Super villains are planning a comeback, and you have this wonderful movie.

I can’t begin to convey how wonderful the animation is, it’s perfect. I mean you’ll always be looking at it knowing it’s animation, but when the story takes you along you’ll suddenly realize you’re still watching animation. The subtle difference is that you forget, and there are parts (for instance when the father is cheering his son during the race) that you actually think it is real. The effects for water, fire (two of the hardest things to recreate in animation) and lava are wonderful to watch and caught me drawing a breath when I first saw them.

The characters and acting are wonderful, and you will find yourself caring about them as real people. At some points I could feel a big swallow coming up and a wavering adams apple, obviously due to the food earlier, nothing to do with the movie.

I often find that movies aren’t paced well, that they either have too long or too short an introduction to the characters, or the events that lead up to the pivotal point of the movie are unbalanced against the climax, all sorts of combinations. Not here, this move is perfect and well balanced, the story takes you along just when you are ready, and there were no points where I wished we could move on, or something could happen quicker. My only frustration were at the kids, and this was only because they were behaving exactly as real kids would.

It was interesting to see the comparisons and links to other famous Superheroes through comic-lore. Definitely with nods to The Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer and huge nods to The Watchmen. My only concern is that there is so much similarity to The Watchmen that those who haven’t read the graphic novel will be saying “That’s the Incredibles movie” when Watchmen finally comes to fruition.

The short film showing before this was wonderful in itself, and had the audience laughing out loud loads. Excellent, and once again, outdoes every short that they’ve produced before. Boundin’ was beautifully animated and wonderfully told. Guaranteed to bring a huge big smile to your face.

All in all I think this movie is perfect and truly incredible.

Written By: Richard Brunton (IMDB user review)

Review by Brandon at Latest Animated Movies is coming soon.

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  • Matt Lyle March 2, 2013, 6:40 am

    Just reading this review made me want to re-watch this (dare I say it?) Incredible movie all over again! The team at Pixar has mastered the art of creating animated movies that are seemingly aimed at the K-12 audience, but that captivate and delight the adult viewers just as much as the kids. And they do this without resorting to crude humor that (hopefully) goes over the youngsters heads, a tactic commonly used in several other animated movies to keep the adult audience entertained.

    Brandon, you really hit the nail on the head with this review. How is it possible to develop such strong emotional bonds with animated characters in 90 minutes? Whatever Pixar’s secret is, they’ve delivered another gem packed with action, clever humor, unforgettable characters and beautiful animation that delivers a positive and powerful lesson about family, all without the cringe-and-hope-your-child-doesn’t-get-it innuendos.

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