The Incredibles follows the adventures of a family of former superheroes rediscovering the true source of their powers--in one another. Once one of the world's top masked crimefighters, Bob Parr (AKA Mr. Incredible) fought evil and saved lives on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, he and his wife Helen (a famous former superhero in her own right) have been forced to take on civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs. Today they live as mere mortals and lead all-too-ordinary lives with their children...who go out of their way to appear "normal." As a clock-punching insurance man, the only thing Bob fights these days is boredom and a bulging waistline. Itching for action, the sidelined superhero gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a topsecret assignment. Now, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the family must come together and once again find the fantastic in their family life.
Every time a new Pixar movie comes out, I'm convinced it will be the one to foil their sterling track record of success. "A Toy Story sequel? Isn't that desperate?" "Finding Nemo? Who's going to watch a movie about fish?" But not only am I constantly proven wrong by each new entry's outrageous box office success, I'm also proven wrong from a critical standpoint. As consensus as this sounds, I've enjoyed the stories and characters in all of Pixar's features to date. Their latest effort, The Incredibles, is no exception.
The technical razzle-dazzle of cutting edge computer animation is in place, but all of that wouldn't really matter if the story wasn't there at the heart of the movie. And like Pixar's previous classics, The Incredibles is loaded with good humor, amusing characters, and a sharp story. It also boasts a surprising amount of action that frequently rivals its live action superhero counterparts. All of this makes for an entertaining ride that lives up to Pixar's unusually high level of quality filmmaking, and fans of all ages will enjoy this feel-good action adventure.
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