Movie Review: The Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Yet another animated sequel that fails to live up to the original.

Let me tell you a little secret: I’m really not a huge fan of sequels, especially for animated kids movies. Even Pixar sequels let me down. In my opinion, the only ones to get it completely right were the Toy Story sequels, which are even better than the original movie. But from the train wreck that was Cars 2 to the off-the-wall prequel Monster’s University to the honestly-kinda-boring-and-annoying Finding Dory, the best I’ve really been able to say about Pixar’s other sequels is that they’re not terrible. Maybe I’m nostalgic, or maybe I’m thinking to hard about films that are made and marketed for kids, but it really doesn’t seem like Pixar’s sequels have been living up to the quality of the original films.

I love The Incredibles. Even though it is now fourteen years old, it still holds up as a beautiful piece of animation, writing, and entertainment. It really didn’t need a sequel (and neither did Finding Nemo, for that matter. Or Cars. Or Monsters Inc.) It stood perfectly well on its own. It never felt forced to be funny or forced to be dramatic and intense. Even though it dealt with some dark ideas (there’s one particular scene where Elasta Girl tells her kids that these villains they’re dealing with aren’t like the ones on Saturday morning cartoons: they will shoot to kill) it’s still a kid’s movie, and a good kid’s movie. It never becomes goofy or dumbed down because ‘maybe the kids won’t get it’.

Unfortunately, a lot of the things the original Incredibles did right are done totally wrong by the sequel. I expected it to be set at least several years after the events of the first film, but it’s actually an immediate sequel that starts off about five minutes after the end of the first movie. This doesn’t automatically mean it’s bad, but it seemed like a very odd choice. There are so many stories that could be told with these awesome characters. Honestly, we didn’t need to see the outcome of the battle with the Underminer. While it wasn’t stated explicitly at the end of the first movie, it was definitely implied that the Incredibles were up to the task of defeating him, and it was a kind of boring way to start off a kind of boring movie.

While there are definitely laugh out loud moments in The Incredibles 2, that’s pretty much all there is. There was none of the seriousness or heart of the first film, just joke after joke after joke, to the point that it felt more like a Dreamworks sequel than a Pixar film. A lot of the conflict between characters was formulaic, to the point that I could predict which characters were going to have some kind of falling out with each other. The big reveal of the main villain is also very heavily foreshadowed and easy to predict. Figuring out who the villain is isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case the fact that I’d figured it out seemed more due to lazy writing than to any intelligence on my part. The whole thing felt disjointed, and character growth, while present, was stunted and choppy at best, and lazily written at worst.

The Incredibles 2 definitely failed to live up to its predecessor. While it’s not a bad movie, and all of the animation, voice work, and music is extremely well done, it lacks heart and fails to deliver any kind of emotional punch; just a few empty laughs with our old favorite characters, and a whole lot of formulaic, unnecessary conflict.

Final Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

“I’m kinda over sequels at this point.”

Thanks for reading my review of The Incredibles 2! Have you seen the film yet? Did you like it, or did you think it was another unnecessary Pixar sequel? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Movie Review: Cars 3

Cars 3Sweet, but lacking the heart of its predecessor.

I never actually meant to see this movie. I expected it to be rather awful, considering the bizarre mess that was Cars 2. (Interestingly enough, I originally enjoyed Cars 2 back when I first saw it, but I was a small, deluded child at the time, so… never mind.) But then Cars 3 turned out to be playing in our local theater, and my dad decided to take me and my brothers on a Saturday afternoon.

I had actually seen several of my Twitter friends saying that this movie was (surprisingly) good, so I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to find out that they were right! Unfortunately, while being enjoyable and sweet, the plot of Cars 3 is a little predictable, and I just found it lacking in the emotional connection of the first Cars film. I really feel that if Pixar had just concentrated their energies on making this movie instead of the crazy second Cars, it might have turned out even better. As it stands, this movie is fun, but rather forgettable in the end, and, ultimately, just one more sequel in a long line of sequels that don’t quite live up to the original.

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“I think it’s sequel fatigue, unfortunately. Nice, but forgettable.”

Thank you for reading my little review. See you next time!


30 Day Drawing Challenge: Day 27

Day 27: Draw a Robot.

Wow. It’s only three days until this drawing challenge is over! I can hardly believe it. I really hope you guys have enjoyed my drawings, and I hope you’ll enjoy this one as well.

So, today my brothers were watching Pixar’s WALL-E, for probably the eight thousandth time. I was wondering what to draw (I’m not that great at drawing robots anyway) and one of my brothers begged me to draw WALL-E. I know it says to draw ‘a robot’, but I put EVE in there anyway, mostly because I was trying to fill space on the page. Anyway, this drawing was done with an inking marker, inking pens and colored with Prismacolor pencil crayons.


See you all tomorrow for the 28th Day of my Drawing Challenge! We are almost done! Yay! 😀

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Movie Review: Finding Dory

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Why is it a thing that whenever Pixar makes a new movie, the trailer is always really stupid and the movie is (usually) pretty good? When I first saw the trailer for Pixar’s latest film, Finding Dory, all I could think was, ‘Ugh. That looks so dumb.’ I mean, Pixar seems to have decided to make a whole bunch of sequels to films that were made a really long time ago. I mean, its been almost fourteen years since Finding Nemo came out. Fourteen years? Wow, that makes me feel old…

I was perfectly fine to ignore this movie and not go, but came out with a review, praising it as “the best family film in several years”, and my dad was already taking my siblings to see it, so I decided to tag along and find out if Finding Dory really warranted this lofty praise. I must say that Pixar certainly hasn’t gotten any worse at telling a good story and although there was some questions about the film featuring a lesbian couple (due to a shot in the trailer which seemed to connect two women with one baby carriage) the moment in the film is so insignificant that I’m not even sure how people could have made anything out of it. Finding Dory is certainly family friendly, unlike some other ‘kids’ movies released recently (cough, cough, the Angry Birds Movie, cough, cough), but I don’t really think it quite lives up to its predecessor. The story just isn’t as powerful as Finding Nemo. However, there are interesting new characters and laughter galore, and I’m happy to say that, although its something I’d probably only watch once, it is a fun, wonderful film fit for the entire family.