It wasn't that Incredible! - The Incredibles
Apr 11, 2005
Review by Michelle Chelledun
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Great animation, some funny moments
Cons:Not that memorable, I didn't get attached to characters
The Bottom Line: This was ok, but I won't be watching it again. I felt it was definitely overrated.
Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot.
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I've been hearing about The Incredibles for months now, since it first appeared in theaters. The concept didn't necessarily appeal to me that much, probably because I feel like I'm coming off of an overdose of super hero movies at the box office lately. I finally got around to viewing it last night on video. Final verdict after all the hype? Read on...
The concept is kind of creative. Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig Nelson) and his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), after years of saving the world, are relocated by the government in a protection program after public outcry against super heros. Years later, they are in the suburbs with three kids, and Mr. Incredible (now living as Bobby Parr) is stuck in a dead end job with an insurance company. His wife goes by Helen Carr, and the three children are Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack.
Although the family is in hiding, that doesn't mean they have lost their super powers. Mr. Incredible had amazing strength and Elastigirl can bend and stretch her body in all sorts of useful ways. Violet has the power to become invisible and create forcefields, Dash can run with an amazing speed, and Jack Jack's talent is unknown to the family, although it is revealed to the viewer at the end of the movie.
Mr. Incredible has the hardest time stepping away from his glory days of being a superhero and into his new life. Eventually, he loses his job and falls prey to a phone call offering him a new job for a much higher salary. (Which one would think would have seemed shady at the time, but he takes it anyway...) He lies to his wife and kids about being at "conferences", but eventually the whole family must work together using their super powers to save him from the mess he has gotten himself into.
There are definitely some funny moments. The super powers make for some great jokes and visual gags. One of my favorite parts is when the family is shown cheering for Dash at a track meet, and eventually begins rooting for him to win second place (so he won't blow the family's cover). The part near the very end of the movie where Jack-Jack reveals his super power to defeat the villain who is trying to steal him had me giggling pretty hard as well.
The animation is impressive, as are all Pixar productions. This movie is done in the same style as "Finding Nemo". The quality of the film was very good, and you really almost forgot you were watching an animated film by the end of the movie.
The Not So Good
On the whole, I would say that I was somewhat disappointed with this film after all the hype. I never really found myself able to connect with the characters, particularly Mr. Incredible. He is going through the mid-life crisis common among movie characters, but he responds by first by lying to his family and pretending he is going bowling while still being a superhero on Wednesday nights, and second by saying he is still be at his old job. His wife and kids are clueless.
Elastigirl seemed very one-dimensional to me. She picks up the phone while her husband is on the phone with another woman, and is convinced she is cheating. However, she still passively kisses him goodbye and tells him she loves him, without even questioning him about her suspicions. I did not find Violet, the daughter, to be very well developed. She basically doesn't talk and is portrayed as a shy character with her hair in front of her face. Suddenly, after using her super powers a time or two she becomes outgoing and wears her hair back, but I didn't really find myself caring.
Although I do not have children, I would also complain that this is perhaps a bit more violent than the typical cartoon offering for young children to watch. There are people shooting real machine guns here, and it is implied that the bad guy is incinerated. Nothing graphic is show, but I think there would still be a lot to explain. I also think very young children would have difficulty following the plot. Mid-life crisis is not really for kids. Basically, this is no "Finding Nemo".
This movie has received rave reviews from many sources, so I guess I stand in the minority on this one. Maybe I would just rather see cute fishies and talking toys. Or maybe I am just tired of super hero movies. I found the movie an enjoyable way to pass ninety minutes, but I don't think it will be a classic.
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