I am a little wary of sequels as the majority just don’t top the originals. But I have to say after an incredibly long 14-year wait, Incredibles 2 does NOT disappoint. The visuals are fabulous (I suggest watching the original to compare the CGI – technology has definitely come a LONG way), the storyline is fun, relatable and the film is loaded with hilarious moments! I absolutely recommend seeing this with your family. Incredibles 2 offers so much for viewers! At the end of the day, this film is all about family and connecting. We can be incredible in our ways, minus the superhero suits and super powers. We all have the ability to be incredible and do incredible things and as a family, make a greater impact together.
Why are the Incredibles are so relatable?
Babies are tiny superheroes.
They have the ability of melting hearts with their adorable cheeks and big eyes. They grow at rapid speeds (Don’t ever buy newborn sizes! They will grow out of them within days!) Their brains are huge and they are capable of swimming at 6 months and understanding different languages. And man, they are really strong! Take my daughter for instance- Teagan would grab on to my husband’s fingers and pull herself up on her legs when she was 5 months old! She was also walking at 10 months old!
The youngest member of the Incredibles is baby Jack-Jack. He’s learning to master his emotions and has no control over his 17 emotion induced powers. He can multiply, levitate, turn into a demon baby and catch on fire. What baby doesn’t turn into a demon when don’t get their way?? Terrible 2’s anyone?? He’s probably my favorite character in the film. He has a sense of humor, takes on raccoons and is ready to take on the world.
Real life issues.
The Incredibles deal with real family stuff! Common Core? Awkward tween moments? Yup, this family experiences growing pains just like you and I. One of my favorite scenes from the movie is of Mr. Incredible struggling with Dash’s homework. Whose idea was it to change math? I could totally relate to this moment. I also remember the sleepless nights and my daughter never wanting to go sleep or immediately waking up after napping for 5 minutes.
Moms are Superheroes!
Many women forget about themselves and put their kids first. Family should be a priority but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have hobbies. Follow your passions or go to work! Helen struggles with returning to her career as Elastigirl. Obviously, she wants to protect her kids because superheros are still outlawed. She was hesitant to leave home as she was a good mom and wife and the house ran smoothly under her watch. Once she trusts Mr. Incredible, she loosens up and enjoys the ride and freedom. Plus, we get to see how kick ass, selfless she is and that she’s a good role model for her kids.
Mr. Incredible wasn’t prepared to be a stay-at-home dad. He thought it would be easy but we quickly see that he’s bitten off more than he can chew. I think he shows the most growth out of the characters. He’s a totally self-centered with a huge ego and its awkward watching him pretend to be supportive of his wife. But throughout this journey he realizes that he’s a hero to his children and his wife.
Teenage girls are confusing. They have a ton of insecurity and emotional outbursts especially during the tween years. My daughter is already stomping around, occasionally embarrassed to hold my hand and she’s only 10! But if we listen to our kids, believe in them, they’ll eventually see that we have their best interest in mind and they have the ability to change the world.
Family is more than blood.
Edna never looks back but she returns in the sequel and is better than ever! She’s the hip auntie I’d love to have. She’s bold, confident and loves the color black. I wish she had a bigger role in this film but her scene with Jack-Jack is priceless.
Frozone is the best friend we all need. He’s always there when you need him.
Incredibles 2 is in theaters now!!