Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Incredibles (2004) review


This addition to the Pixar canon is often overlooked, but that doesn't make it just as good as the rest. This action-packed, pulpy adventure is just entertaining overall.

PLOT:Bob Parr a.k.a. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is a super-strong former superhero who married Helen a.k.a. Elastagirl (Holly Hunter), who can stretch extremely long distances. Since the supers were forced to keep their secret identities and try to live normal lives a long time ago, these two have tried to settle down and live a normal life with their kids Dash (Spencer Fox) and Violet (Sarah Vowell), along with their neighbor, Lucius a.k.a. Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). However, Bob has been longing to relive the glory days and is finally satisfied when a mysterious source contacts him, asking him to do some specific superhero work. However, this work could lead to the re-lighting of an age-old spark with an enemy. It's great plot executed very well.

VOICES:The voice acting is really good. Craig T. Nelson does a great job of voicing Bob Parr, and Holly Hunter does almost better as Helen Parr. Among these two great leads, Jason Lee does a really good job as the villian, Syndrome. The other shiners would be Sarah Vowell as Violet, Wallace Shawn as Mr. Huph, Brad Bird as Edna Mode a.k.a. E, Elizabeth Pena as Mirage, and John Ratzenberger as The Underminer.

SCORE:The score is really well done. It has a jazzy feel to it from Michael Giacchino that makes everything run more smoothly in the film.

ANIMATION:The animation is pretty good. It was the basic Pixar animation with a lot of action put into it. It was different how they experimented with colors in here though. It seemed as though they silhoutted different colors on the characters' faces to get a certian mood. It could be just me, but it seemed pretty different to me.

OTHER CONTENT:This is a really great but overlooked Pixar film. It does have a few flaws, but it's still a really good film. It's action-packed, entertaining, and is just a good story told overall. However, this is one of the Pixar films that doesn't have as much meaning as some of the others, like Wall-E or Up. There are also some scenes where the execution seems a bit offset. Either way, this one has been worth multiple watches for me. I really like it still.

OVERALL,a great Pixar film with a great plot, really good voice acting, well-done jazzy score, pretty good yet different animation, lots of actiong and entertainment, and a really good story overall, but it doesn't hold as much meaning as some other Pixar films and there are times that things seem to be a bit off-set.

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