Empire (UK) - - REVIEW - BEN Travis

Out 12 NOVEM­BER / Cert PG / 118 Mins

If a Pixar film was ever cry­ing out for a se­quel, it’s 2004’s The In­cred­i­bles with its clos­ing un­der­miner tease — not to men­tion the sub­se­quent su­per­hero box of­fice boom. the orig­i­nal is one of my favourite Pixars — the Fan­tas­tic Four meets James Bond, all grounded in the nu­clear fam­ily com­edy tropes that di­rec­tor Brad Bird honed on The Simp­sons. the se­quel doesn’t quite hit the same spine-tin­gling heights, but Bird plays it smart by plac­ing elasti­girl front-and-cen­tre, spic­ing up the ac­tion with por­tal-pow­ered new hero Voyd, and dou­bling down on Jack-jack’s slap­stick an­tics. With Marvel prov­ing this sum­mer that they could unite a whole uni­verse of comic book strands in Avengers: In­fin­ity War, the su­per­heroics here don’t feel quite as jaw-drop­ping as they did in 2004. But the com­edy is even sharper, and Jack-jack bat­tling a ter­ri­fied rac­coon is worth the pur­chase alone.

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