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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Released 14 years after the original, Incredibles 2, with its family of superheroes, seeks to combat a new villain while also attempting to restore public faith in the power of heroes and juggling their familial responsibilities. The power of the script lies in the description of the family genre rather than focussing on the superhero dynamic, like most other films in this genre.

Following the events of the first film, in this film too, the Incredibles and Frozone battle the Underminer who is a villain terrorizing Munciberg. Though they are successful in preventing him from destroying the City Hall, they are unable to prevent them from looting a bank and escaping. This incident causes a harsh decree to be established in the city which causes a shutdown of the ‘Superhero Relocation Programme’. This renders the Parrs family helpless and without financial assistance. Moreover, Violet’s love interest, Tony Rydinger, also finds out that she and her family is actually a clan of superheroes. Consequently, he orders an agent, Rick Dicker, to erase all his memories of her in his mind.

Then Frozone informs Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl of an offer from Winston Deavor who is a wealthy businessman. His sister and he think that sending heroes on secret missions would be the answer to their woes. These missions would be recorded and broadcasted publicly so as to reinstate public faith in superheroes. Moreover, Frozone chooses Elastigirl over Mr. Incredible for the initial missions. This is because of Mr Incredible’s tendency to cause accidental collateral damage. Meanwhile, Bob is struggling with his new role as a quasi-parent: Dash needs help with his maths homework, Violet becomes recluse after Tony doesn’t come for their first date due to his memory wipe out and Jack-Jack causes havoc with his newfound superpowers.

Meanwhile Elastigirl is on her missions and she encounters a supervillain called the Screenslaver. His power lies in the fact that he projects hypnotic images via the TV screen. She chases him and tracks him down to his hideout in an apartment building. When she finally catches him, he appears as a pizza delivery man who claims to have no recollection of his actions.

Screenslaver’s arrest is celebrated by everyone at a party on Winston’s yatch where it is also announced by Winston that there would be a summit of world leaders that would aim to legalize superheroes. Elastigirl is still not comfortable with the fact that she captured the Screenslaver so easily. So, she delves deeper to find out that his real power lied in a pair of goggles which were mind controlled. Evelyn forces the goggles onto Elastigirl and reveals that she was in fact the mastermind behind the Screenslaver. She also revealed the reason behind her evil plan. She held on to a grudge which was that two superheroes – Gazerbeam and Fironic failed to save her father’s murder by some random robbers. This event leads her to believe that the society was being over-dependent on superheroes and this, in her eyes, could prove to be catastrophic. She plans to sabotage her brother’s event and cause enough damage to amount the banishment of superheroes from society itself.

Using Elastigirl, she lures Bob into a trap and sends a bunch of hypnotised superheroes to capture the Parr children. But the ‘incredible’ children manage to escape in their family vehicle- the Incredibile and reach the Winston yatch. There, a live programme is on air which states that superheroes are a threat. The Parr children reach their parents, and Jack-Jack removes Elastigirl’s googles. Then together, they prevent the ship from crashing into the main city. Due to these actions, superheroes in the world regain their legal status.

The strong direction and concrete storyline elevate this animation adventure to newer heights. Instead of trying to copy older superhero movies, Incredibles 2 makes the genre burst with surprises.

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