‘Incredibles 2’ brings back super family

November 16, 2018 GMT

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “The Incredibles 2,” which is from Disney and Pixar and is rated PG.

“The Incredibles 2” arrives on DVD just in time for the holidays and I imagine this animated movie will be on a lot of people’s wish lists this year.

The movie begins with the superhero family and Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) battling villain The Underminer (John Ratzenberger). They are trying to save their city from a giant drill that threatens buildings and people. Their efforts only lead to trouble with the law since it is illegal for superheroes to assist in fighting crime.

It was smart to feature an action sequence early in “The Incredibles 2.” Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is sidelined from superhero duties for much of the film. He stays at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huckleberry Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) while Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) takes a job to help promote making the work of superheroes legal again.

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However, the children keep Bob busy since Violet has feelings for a boy at school who knows about her superhero alter ego. However, after the young man’s memory of learning Violet is a superhero is erased, he forgets that he even knows her at all.

Meanwhile, Jack-Jack starts to develop his own superpowers and it turns out that he has multiple abilities. Some of Jack-Jack’s superhero powers are dangerous to those around him since the baby doesn’t know how to control his abilities.

Elastigirl’s work with brother-andsister team Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn (Catherine Keener) leads to plenty of positive publicity and helps the plan to legalize superhero activities. Yet when Elastigirl solves a big case she starts to suspect that the man arrested might be innocent.

In addition to offering fun characters, “The Incredibles 2” does a good job of showing how members of a family rely on and help one another. The movie also offers parents the opportunity to talk with children about being happy for the accomplishments of others.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.