PARENTS HEROES AS WELL
Done properly, parenting is a heroic act, says the fabulous, googly-eyed designer Edna Mode (writer-director Brad Bird) in Incredibles 2.
She’s sympathising with the Sisyphean task Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has had to shoulder after his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is called away on business.
Compared to the prospect of looking after his three children for a few days, saving the world seems like a piece of cake.
The reluctant, chisel-jawed house husband might reasonably argue extenuating circumstances – eagle-eyed observers have noted that the newspaper Mr Incredible was reading in the original film was dated May 16, 1962.
But like its 2004 forebear, this hotly anticipated sequel unfolds in a parallel universe.
When The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) lures the family out of hiding – superheroes have been outlawed for more than a decade — Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) seizes his moment.
The smooth-talking head of a giant telecommunications company persuades Elastigirl to be his poster girl. Deavor has crunched the numbers, and Elastigirl is a good deal more cost-effective than Mr Incredible, who tends to rack up a much higher damages bill.
So while Elastigirl is off halting runaway trains and vanquishing hypnotic, hi-tech villains such as Screenslaver, Mr Incredible struggles with basic maths and his teenage daughter Violet’s boy dramas.
All of which would have been routinely diverting were it not for a scene-stealing performance from baby JackJack, whose anarchic, newlydiscovered superpowers offer an appealing, fantasy twist on an infant’s ability to turn a household upside down.
Incredibles 2 is a solid enough sequel, but it doesn’t have the original film’s light, playful touch. Incredibles 2 is in cinemas nationwide now
Elastigirl is back in action in Incredibles 2.