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The Incredibles

I’ve got a bit of a headache that’s centered just behind my right eyeball, so I’ll try to keep this brief.

The Incredibles is Pixar’s crowning theatrical work. Period.

Okay, I can expound on that just a little bit. For one thing, as was stated elsewhere (though I can’t remember exactly where right this minute), Spider-Man 2 is now officially the year’s second-best superhero movie. This movie’s got the whole meal deal: Drama, folks in funny outfits, several kinds of comedy, meaningful character interaction, clever ruses, action sequences that are both amusing and effective, snappy dialogue… yeah. It just doesn’t miss a beat.

So I can get this wrapped up with a minimum of muss and fuss, I’ll leave you with some bullet points.

  • The “newsreel” stuff is golden; they capture the feel of an Untouchables-style exposition perfectly.
  • Mr. Incredible isn’t a doof. He’s blind to a few things, but in that painfully-real way that many guys are blind when they find themselves trapped in suburbia.
  • Elastigirl rocketh most mightily. ‘Nuff said.
  • Everything pays off. Watch for things that are given lip service at one point and show up again later. Some of them aren’t so subtle, but a few really are.
  • The kids aren’t wholly unlikeable. You don’t spend too much of the movie rooting for someone to slap sense into them.
  • The poignant moments are actually poignant. Nicely done.
  • Uh, go see this movie. Yeah, that’s it.

That should cover it, though I’m sure I forgot some things…


  1. Kylanath

    Yay. I’ll likely get around to once it comes out on DVD since we all know the chances of me getting to a theater to see it are slim to none.

  2. Lilith

    Geoffrey asked me if I wanted to go see it with him. I looked at him (you know the look) and said, “It’s animated.” Glad you liked it; I still have no interest whatever.

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