Superhero sequel well worth the wait: ‘Incredibles 2′ enjoyable for kids & adults alike

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent 

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This image released by Disney Pixar shows a scene from "Incredibles 2." [Disney / Pixar via The Associated Press

   It’s been 14 years since the super-powered Parr family crashed onto our movie screens, and writer/director Brad Bird has reportedly spent every minute since working on its sequel.
Picking up the story mere seconds after the end of “The Incredibles,” “Incredibles 2″ focuses on Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and her mission to “bring Supers back.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is juggling his duties as a stay-at-home dad — with baby Jack-Jack’s ever-changing powers; teenage Violet’s (Sarah Vowell) boy-problems; and a hyperactive Dash’s (Huck Milner) math homework — but with baby sitters like Edna Mode (Brad Bird) and Frozone (Samual L. Jackson), what could go wrong? Of course, there’s a villain with an elaborate plan to destroy everything, but up against this incredible family, they don’t stand a chance.
While Jack-Jack’s shenanigans undoubtedly entertain, it’s the core message of equality that will win you over.
“Incredibles 2″ flips the traditional gender roles embodied in the first movie, with Mr. Incredible as the doting parent, while Elastigirl takes the lead. Empowered by her job, Elastigirl steals the spotlight with her campaign to “Make Supers legal again.”
Each character’s personality is reflected in their individual powers. They’re a normal family, with normal problems — throw in super powers and you have an exaggerated look at the chaos inherent in any family. Quick dialogue and seamless animation add to both the scenes at home and the action sequences. The animation, characters and style were true to the original, with key cast members reprising their roles.
With more than a decade to work on “Incredibles 2,” it’s possible Bird over-thought the storyline. It felt heavy-handed in places, and predictably familiar in others, but this never affected the fantastic pacing and the film remained engaging.       With non-stop action, classic humor and a nefarious raccoon, “Incredibles 2″ will have both kids and adults laughing long after the credits role.

Rated PG for brief mild language and action sequences. Includes additional warning for those with photosensitive epilepsy, due to use of strobe lights.

Elspeth Macnab-Stark is a high-school graduate and a Teens & 20s writer.

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