The Incredibles 2 arrives in theaters fourteen years after the first film in the series, with Brad Bird returning to the direction and script, to surprise us once again. The remarkable courage of the creator of this story, born at a time when bringing super people to the cinema was not in fashion, must be rewarded both for his intentions and for the result achieved. After the advent of the Marvel and Dc movies in the cinema, telling something new about the heroes must not have been an easy task. Taking full advantage of modern reality and putting a pinch of morale in it, Brad Bird managed to give us a small masterpiece.
The story picks up exactly where that of the first movie left off, with the attack of the super villain and his huge auger. The protagonists face their ancient enemy and save the city, but failing to prevent him from making the hit of the century and escaping with the stolen goods. Upon arrival of journalists and the police, Helen and Robert are arrested for vigilantism, an obstacle to justice and police operations and damage to city property. Their old friend, an expert in relocating superheroes and giving them a new life, cannot help them this time. The Parr family is thus in a motel, without work and without a future, until the arrival of DevTech and its owner Winston Deavor (any reference to Walt Disney and Disney is purely wanted). The billionaire has a dream: to revive the public image of superheroes and restore hope to the world. For this arduous task he chooses Helen, the person he thinks has the most versatile and least destructive powers, leaving Robert and Lucius stunned. Mr. Incredible feels pride in his pride, convinced that he can do the job better than his wife, but decides to be supportive and agrees to look after the children, ignoring their real difficulties.
"Being a parent is a heroic act, if done right" Edna's words remind us that many can bring children into the world but raise them critically is much more complex. One of the main themes of the film revolves around the figure of the parent. Always used to getting up in the morning to go to work, Robert is not used to cooking, looking after the house, organizing his children's day and adjusting accordingly. Although this dynamic can very quickly lead to controversial conclusions, especially about the role of men and women in the home, the film shows us multiple sides of the same coin. Robert, after an initial difficulty, will learn to manage new family rhythms (not without help) and to get closer to his children and their needs. Helen, always away from home to live superhero adventures, on the contrary will miss important moments in the life of the children in exchange for amazing results. The extremes are shown to us as wrong and in the end both spouses understand the need for balance.
Another very important theme is that of attachment to technology, perfectly exemplified by the phrase "People want the best shots to watch events as far as possible". This phrase, apparently complex, hides a noteworthy criticism of reality, where people want heart-pounding videos while comfortably sitting on the sofa. The film's antagonist believes that technology, if misused, will daze people and make them weak. The same can be said for superheroes: if someone else solves problems, mankind tends to become lazy and idle.
The Parr family also represents in this film the real pillar of the story, with a specific growth for each character.
Robert, after facing the midlife crisis in the last film, will have to face his pride this time. It is inconceivable for him to think that he is no longer Mr. Incredible and that he has to give up his superhero job for his wife. I don't think, however, that behind his "I could do it better" there is a real devaluation of Helen, a woman whom he loves deeply and for whom he has the utmost respect, but rather not wanting to give up on heroic adventures. At first he naively thinks that father's job is easy and gives him a lot of free time but, once immersed in routine, things change. Flash has to do his math homework with methods that Robert doesn't know, Violetta faces the first love disappointments and Jack Jack discovers all his powers. In order to be a better father, Mr. Incredible will have to put aside pride, roll up his sleeves and get a little help.
Helen, who was mainly stuck in the role of housewife in the first film, is finally in the limelight. The news of being the modern face of superheroes, the symbol of rebirth, puts her in a position of advantage and honor compared to her husband and Lucius. A new suit and a new bike represent for her the beginning of a new life, which she can't wait to tell Robert in the most lively ways possible. She will discover the existence of a new generation of heroes, remained hidden until now, who in her and her successes see a symbol to feel finally accepted. He will also discover the difficulties of being away from home and losing important moments in the life of his children, coming to the conclusion that there must be balance.
Flash and Violetta this time will have to learn that in some situations there is something more important than adventures and fun, a lesson that will allow both to grow both as people and as superheroes. Edna, always lonely and proud, will discover that new experiences lead to real explosions of creativity.
On the technical aspect of the film, Pixar as usual amazes and leaves everyone speechless. The music of the first film is back and the level of detail, thanks to the latest animation techniques, has nothing to envy to other titles of the film house.
Brad Bird succeeds in the difficult task of bringing us a following worthy of both Pixar and Disney standards, making us dream and fall in love again with the adventures of the Parr family.