The Incredibles is an action and adventure animation released in 2004, directed by Brad Bird. A couple of retired Superheroes are forced back to work and now with their families.
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Once in the past, Superheros helped society fighting crime. Among them Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone. After much backlash and lawsuits against the collateral damage they cause, Government forces them to abandon the crime-fighting life to assume their secret identities 24/7.
Fifteen years pass by, Mr. Incredible now only as Bob Parr is married to former Elastigirl, Helen. The couple has three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.
Unhappy about his ordinary life and bureaucratic job, at night, Bob usually acts as a vigilante with his best friend Lucius Best, formerly known as Frozone.
Bob hit his low point after almost getting caught in his vigilante gig and getting fired for injuring his boss. That’s when he lured back into a Superhero work.
The Incredibles is a very popular animation, well-regarded by critics and audience alike. Some people used to act like it was the best animation ever created. The anticipation for the second movie was enormous.
I gotta say, the movie is indeed quite good. However, it’s not as good as these people claimed to be. A lot of movies have this effect, for example, Donnie Darko and V for Vendetta, fine films that are inflated by their cult following.
I liked The Incredibles the first time I watched it back in the day but nothing so remarkable. The hype around it preceding the release of its sequel was so huge that I thought I might have missed something, after all, I was young, barely a teenager, when I first watched it.
Nope, the movie was as I remembered it, and that’s not a bad thing. As I said, I really liked it when I first saw it. It definitely deserved the Oscar of Best Animation against Shrek 2 and Shark Tale.
The Incredibles has an exceptional and very original plot overall, and it’s also really well structured. In addition, the attention to little details helps to create an even more believable universe tying everything up nicely.
It’s a very fun movie to watch, full of humor, adventure, and action. The pace is fast and right on point, flowing smoothly. With almost two hours, it didn’t drag in any minute and the time passes seamlessly.
The only thing lacking is a little more strong emotions. At first, I thought it was because it’s a family animation. However, if we think about movies like “My Neighbor Totoro”, it’s aimed at children and full of emotional moments.
There were some attempts at bringing up emotional reactions from the viewer, but it didn’t work much for me. In the particular scene I’m thinking about when saying this, I think the problem was the lack of suspense.
One of the strong points of the film is the characters, especially the family of Superheroes. Each one of them has distinct and compelling characteristics that form a believable and relatable family, besides their super-powers.
Frozone, Mirage and Edna are close behind the quartet of protagonists. Edna (who’s voiced by the film’s director, Brad Bird) is really funny, but has too little screen time. And to be honest, I don’t like the villain, Syndrome, so much. He gives some funny interactions with Mr. Incredible in the beginning, as a little boy, but later, he’s just a default villain.
One thing that surprised me was how inferior the quality of the animation is, compared to the present productions. It shouldn’t surprise me, I know. The film is 17 years old, and the technology evolves so fast. It’s just that I’ve never thought about that before.
Since I’m not really knowledgeable in computer animation, I won’t dare try to point out what is worse with precision. That’s one of those things that our eyes simply can tell.
The movie looks great, though. It’s no Moana, but it’s very decent and full of character. I love the Island seen from the sky, Bob’s office building full of little cubicles, all that visuals from the 50s and 60s. My favorite thing was the architecture of the houses in the family’s neighborhood.
The score is really perfect for the film. It has a mix of superhero and spy, fitting amazingly with all the action and adventure present in the movie. It’s really recognizable as well. When I was listening to a little of the soundtrack right now, it immediately evokes images of the Superhero family in my head.
Another thing to address regarding sound is its editing. It’s an aspect I completely overlook, and it’s a flaw I have to fix. I still mix up sound editing and sound mixing, I’m glad The Academy merged it. I always have to look it up on the internet to forget everything one minute later.
I have to address it only because The Incredibles also won the Sound Editing Oscar. The moment it really caught my attention was when Helen was entering a facility, and some flying vehicles were landing nearby. Their sound is amazing. Immediately after, she enters a tunnel that also has some very compelling sounds.
That’s all I can talk about it. I’ll try to study more about sound editing, mixing and to pay more attention to them in films. Maybe next time I can give more insightful comments about this aspect.
The Incredibles is a deserving Academy Award winner, full of qualities and barely any flaw. Besides some over-the-top praises, it really was a movie that marked its time with merits. So, I’ll give The Incredibles 8 Moons.
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