After a long-awaiting 14 years Pixar's Incredibles are back!
In 2004, Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack burst onto our cinema screens and the Incredibles were firmly cemented as everybody's favourite family of superheroes. Fourteen years later and the family are back and it feels as though they never went away.
The Pixar sequel picks up almost immediately where the Incredibles left off, in an alternative 1960s era where superheroes are still illegal and the family continue to deal with the challenges of balancing day-to-day life with saving the world. The film begins with a thrilling set-piece and the return to Metroville of the Underminer (Voiced by Pixar every-present John Ratzenburger) and chaos ensures.
Despite the heroics of our superheroes, nobody appreciates their actions apart from wealthy brother-and-sister Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deaver (Catherine Keener), who want to use technology and a little PR to change public opinion on superheroes. But they want the "less destructive" Elastigril (Holly Hunter) to be the spearhead over the 'too messy' Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson).
So, off Elastigirl goes to fight crime with a fresh new grey-and-black suit and a motorbike that splits to aid her stretching torso. Leaving Bob at home in charge of Violet (Sarah Vowell) and her teenage angst, the homework queries of Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack whose powers are growing wildly erratic, look out for the hilarious battles with a trespassing Raccoon.
Every superhero movie needs a super villain and this time around director Brad Bird offers up the somewhat underwhelming Screenslaver (Bill Wise), who controls people's minds through screens. The mysterious mischief-maker serves the story well but lacks the flair of fanboy turned foe Syndrome (Jason Lee) from the Original.
Technically, as with most Pixar movies, Incredibles 2 is almost flawless with amazing animation, superb lighting and a 60s Bond-esque theme by Michael Giacchion that elevates everything on screen.
Incredibles 2 is an undeniable triumph with something for everyone. The challenges of work/family balance every adult will relate to, fast paced action sequences and a fun storyline that keeps things moving from start to end. But it's the laugh-out-loud antics of Jack-Jack and the return of Edna Mode (Brad Bird) that steal the show. It's been too long, dahlings.
A great way to start the summer holidays when it opens across the UK on July 13.