iNcreDibles 2 (Brad Bird) picks up immediately after the events of the first film – and proceeds to do exactly the same thing all over again, only with Elastigirl going off adventuring at the behest of an enigmatic benefactor while Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids. It’s possible to read this as writer/director Bird’s commentary on the sameness of superhero movies (with the additional tweak of the passage of time being irrelevant, since his animated characters don’t even age). However, if it was a conscious choice the movie doesn’t do enough with it, simply restaging the stuff that worked the first time around (a visit to Edna Mode’s showroom, a quick glimpse of Frozone rushing out on his wife to fight crime) in a slightly different context. That said, the familiar stuff still works, the new villain is genuinely creepy, the idiosyncratic production design is eye-popping and the voice cast remains delightful. Honestly, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter should work together in everything, and Catherine Keener and Sophia Bush are marvellous additions to the roster. It’s nice to see these characters again, and their heroics are executed with real flair by Bird and the Pixar animation team. It satisfies on the most basic level – but you’ll be left wondering why it didn’t go any further. 118 min. NNN (Norman Wilner)
Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) leaves behind Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) in Incredibles 2.