The Incredibles 2 is not only a shot of Nostalgia for most young adults today, but it’s also a narrative that explores modern day families as society adapts.
The plot, which involves everyone’s favourite friendly superhero family, shows Elastagirl sign a deal to fight crime away from her family to promote making Superheroes legal again. Leaving Mr Incredible at home being the homemaker, swapping those all important family roles.
The world has been tired of Superheroes after rescue missions by Mr Incredible have turned sloppy and the Superhero Relocation Programme has been shut down, leaving the family without any financial guidance. When the opportunity for Helen (Elastagirl) arises to complete rescues by herself to fuel superhero legalisation protests, she has to leave her family in the debts of her Husband, while she faces the new nemesis- the Screenslaver. If you’re into conspiracies the Screenslaver uses subliminal messages on screens to create glitches in celebrities and world leaders, but also in train and plane drivers, causing national disasters. All the while she’s trying to track down who is behind this new, evil phenomenon, so much is going on at home.
What is refreshing about this film in particular is it explores storylines that are relevant between each and every family every day. Teenager Violet faces her first heart break as she’s stood up by her date, and her Dad is lost not knowing how to help her. On the stereotypical side, it is normally the ‘mom role’ to help in this situation, but without Helen there to provide guidance, we watch as Violet grows into a strong, intuitive woman herself. The children want to help fight crime and the motive for most of Elastagirl’s actions during this film is that she wants her children to be able to have the choice when their older over whether they could do that or not. But without that law changing, it is impossible.
There is more background than a usual animated sequel- this follows a court case, the law and the debate that if the law wasn’t on their side they would just be a vigilante group. There’s a lot of mature arguments for a children’s film, which suggests it’s still catering to it’s first and original target audience who would now be young adults which is a fantastic way of appreciating the people who kept a film alive. The excitement for this sequel won’t be disapointed, as a variety of things the audience wanted to happen may occur. But one thing is for sure, there is definitely room for a third film.