The Incredibles

[rate 3]
It’s not as rompy as Monsters Inc.
And it’s not as funny as Finding Nemo.
It didn’t make your heart ache like Toy Story 2.
And it wasn’t as epic as Bug’s Life.

I can only give The Incredibles three out of five capes…. here’s why:


There are LOTS of amazing sequences in this world class animation extravaganza which ought to elevate this movie to the top of the Pixar heap… if only there’d been a plot to match the effects.

Don’t get me wrong-o, Anakin m’boy, I really did like the movie – just not as much as I could have.

A few of the characterizations were great, eliciting howls of laughter from the audience, me included. The superhero suit designer Edna was easily my favorite, she should have been given her own movie… probably this one.

I suppose my biggest problem with the movie was the superhero thing. It’s not that I don’t enjoy superheroes, remember that I’m the kid who won a trip to Gotham City back in the late 80’s? The problem is that the movie’s concept is so TIRED… been done SO much (and, if I might say, so much BETTER) that it wasn’t as much fun a movie as it could have been.

What it all came down to is the fact that the Incredibles never made me love them, and that has been the true secret of Pixar’s films; they grab your heart and squeeze like hell.

A great chunk of this movie happens on a remote volcanic island, designed to be very much like something from a James Bond film. Now, James Bond movies can get away with that stuff because they’re sexy, and sexy is all about high style and hi-tech and long legs and nice cleavage.

Pixar films have, up until now, been about journeys of the soul. Certainly, that happens in this movie, but we don’t get to feel it because there’s too much to do. It really does turn into an amusing story about super-people and not much more.

Still, it’s a lot of fun to watch and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s headed to the theater.

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