Written By Brad Bird
Composed By Michael Giacchino
Produced By Brad Bird
Edited By Stephen Schaffer
Directed By Brad Bird
I have real mixed thoughts about 'The Incredibles' with my guess being that because it was bringing a lot of stuff to the big screen that I wanted to see for a while, but maybe that got me a little too overhyped. For example, it was great seeing a computer-animated film by Brad Bird whose work I really enjoyed in 'The Iron Giant' and The Simpsons. It was great seeing a comedic superhero movie which at the time we only sorta got 'The Tick' and maybe one or two other ones that didn't really go anywhere, so it was great seeing an awesome team of writers from Pixar take on a subject matter like this along with the fact that we had never seen the idea of a superhero family before which allowed for a lot of creative characters and powers with their abilities...but can these supers still be incredible after fifteen years? Let's find out, this is 'The Incredibles'!
THE INCREDIBLES: In this lauded Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure getting his chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot resulting in getting himself in trouble and it's up to his family to save him.
It's nice to see a Pixar film that actually focuses on people for once and what I like is that they don't try to make them look like actual people but rather look like three-dimensional cartoons. Director Brad Bird always had great designs for his animation and they show here because it doesn't look like something that started being designed in a computer but rather being drawn first and then turned into a three-dimensional model making the designs as well as the characters much more memorable. It's also nice to see Pixar continue with its dramatic tone since 'The Incredibles' actually doesn't have as many laughs as you would think it would since it focuses more on Mr. Parr/Mr. Incredible's mid-life crisis in how the color is sucked out of his world and how he wants a little sympathy from his family whether it's really deserving to him or not, but that's kind of a main problem for people with the film.
The movie is called 'The Incredibles', but a lot of people feel that it should've been called 'Mr. Incredible' and I can see where they're coming from because the focus is mostly on him and to be honest you can kinda get the idea of what he's going through in maybe the first ten minutes. Don't get me wrong, the family gets focus too but not really until the last third which is a shame because I like the family a lot from the flexible Mrs. Parr/Elastigirl to super speedy Dash to force field wielding Violet to infant Jack-Jack who has the famous psychotic breakdown at the end. I really wanted more of them in terms of their personalities through their interactions and their powers which we do get a lot of that in the last third like I said earlier, but a majority of it is dealing with Mr. Parr/Mr. Incredible's mid-life crisis which for a lot of people feels like it has too much focus.
However, there are still some redeeming qualities in the first two thirds like the really great fashion designer Edna Mode who is actually voiced by Brad Bird as well who designs the costumes for the family and it's a lot of fun just seeing her almost psychotic passion for what she does. But voice acting aside, one of the sad weaknesses in Brad Bird's works is that the stories are often a little choppy because I'll be the first to admit that the narratives are not very flowing as much as I loved 'The Iron Giant' and a lot of his other works. I mean, they work okay and the characters are what I think ultimately pulls it through but yet they always seem to jump around a bit and I always feel that one more rewrite would probably make these films a little stronger.
But that's in no way saying that 'The Incredibles' or Brad Bird's other works are any means failures because they're not since the strongest point of 'The Incredibles' is the last third like I said earlier where you see the powers being used while the family interacts through comedy and action...you pretty much see all the stuff that you're waiting for all at once and it is well worth the wait even though a lot of people wish we could've seen more of this in the first two thirds. If they had done that, I think they would've really loved this movie...but for what it is when it does get to the parts that it does really well, it's a ton of fun while being smart and emotional and having some good jokes since I believe Brad Bird's biggest strength is his connections with families especially in the scene where Mrs. Parr/Elastigirl is talking to her children very much like how mothers in real life would talk to their children even if it is a very bizarre setup. On top of that, I also like the way that Brad Bird writes kids-very energized but insecure as well, they're troublemakers but they're not stupid and they have a lot of personality.
Overall while it does have its weaknesses, 'The Incredibles' is still very entertaining and creative even if it is a little inconsistent...it's a good film if you just manage to get through some of the slower scenes and it's great to finally see Pixar branching out and actually working with human characters like I said before, so I'm gonna give 'The Incredibles' a rating of a 9 out of 10.