Brad Bird's return to animation was partially a success. Incredibles 2 marks Brad Bird's first animated film since his masterpiece Ratatouille back in 2007. This film boasted jaw dropping animation that only Pixar is capable of bringing to life as well as a somewhat enjoyable new Incredibles adventure.
The first half of the film had a really intriguing storyline. It was fun to see Elastigirl take center stage this time around while Mr. Incredible stayed at home to take care of the kids. Seeing Bob Parr experience what it is like to raise kids on his own was extremely entertaining. There are some mind blowing action sequences featuring Elastigirl in the first half of the film as she tries to uncover the identity of the new villain Screenslaver. There is a particular action scene featuring planes flying over a city and a brilliant score that truly blew me away, it is my favorite action scene in the entire film. The overall score in the film by Michael Giacchino was fantastic!
Edna Mode had some of the best scenes in the film, she is such a likable character. Jack Jack was also very enjoyable though there were times when I thought they were going a bit overboard with him. Most of the new characters were interesting. The animation in this film compared to the original was insane, Pixar truly have talented animaters.
Unfortunately when the villain's identity is revealed the film begins a downward spiral in quality. The build up to who the villain was was far more enjoyable than actually knowing who it was. The second half of the film failed to have the same entertainment and momentum that existed in the first half of the film. I found most of the second half to be very generic and cliche including the identity of the villain and their motives. There are also many scenes in this part of the film with sudden cuts that did not fit well into it at all. Also If you have epilepsy I advise that you do not watch this film. There are way too many scenes with annoying flashing and flickering strobe like lights in the second half of the film that will definitely not be appealing to many. I have no clue who thought that having these lights throughout the film was a good idea, they made me want to shut my eyes they were that bad.
Overall this film had a lot to love but unfortunately also had a lot that bogged it down. Brad Bird is capable of telling better stories, the first half of this film showed the potential for an amazing one... Hopefully his next film is better. He has now put out two underwhelming films in a row Tomorrowland and now this. I would like for him to direct an original animated film again.
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