The In­cred­i­bles

Sky Su­per­heroes, 10.25am, 6pm

The Observer - The New Review - - MONDAY 13 - Jonathan Rom­ney

(Brad Bird, 2004)

One of the pil­lars on which the Pixar le­gend was built, this is also the su­per­hero movie to end them all (al­though, per­haps alas, it didn’t). It be­gins by show­ing that even cos­tumed cru­saders some­times have to get older and paunchier, find day jobs and start fam­i­lies – al­though they never know when they’ll end up back in Ly­cra. The Parrs (voiced by Holly Hunter and Craig T Nelson), and kids Vi­o­let and Dash, are the fam­ily that fight to­gether, while writer-di­rec­tor Brad Bird voices cos­tu­mière Edna Mode (“No capes, dar­ling!”), es­sen­tially 007’s Q with an Anna Win­tour bob. Wit­tier, more in­ven­tive and un­de­ni­ably more hu­man than most live-ac­tion prod­ucts from Marvel or DC, the film is also one of cin­ema’s great tone po­ems in the colour red – a thing of joy and bound­less style.

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