by Alan Yudman

The Parrs are back. And the world is better for it.

THE INCREDIBLES 2 picks up where the first movie left off. Superheroes are still illegal and the Parr family is still using their powers despite the risk. Now there is a billionaire mogul who wants to change the law and wants to use Elastigirl as the face of his public relations campaign.

There’s a new villain, but that person isn’t revealed until about two-thirds of the way through the movie in a well hidden twist.

The real star of the movie is Baby Jack Jack. At the end of the first movie we learn that he may have powers. Those powers are allowed to breathe here. And in one of the movies best scene, Jack Jack has it out with a pesky raccoon.

There is also a very modern family dynamic. Helen has to go off to support the family, making Bob the stay at home Dad. He struggles with questions about his manhood, his ability to support his family and how little he actually knows about being a parent.

The script and direction are superb. What else would you expect from Brad Bird? The animation is familiar because it is so similar to the first film, but the technology allows for more detail which enhances the experience.

The voice acting is also stellar from Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Bob Odenkirk, Katherine Keener, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson.

Here’s hoping it’s not another 14 years before we see the Parrs in a movie again.

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