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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.

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