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on July 9, 2016
Smart, visually striking, very funny, and heartwarming without being sentimental. It's good writing, acting, music and animation, and there is something for all ages to enjoy. It's definitely not a run of the mill superhero animated movie.

I re-watch this movie at least once a year. I'd love to see a sequel. If you haven't seen The Incredibles by now, you should!
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on February 2, 2018
"The Incredibles" is as much fun as I remember growing up. From the fashionably retro styling to the jazzy beats of the soundtrack, this is a darn good action movie. The story itself is pretty simple- after superheroes fall out of favor with the public due to a series of unfortunate incidents, couple Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and their children are forced to live a life so horrifically normal, it's no wonder they take issue with it. Of course this is all thrown for a loop soon enough, as up comes a supervillain with a maniacal plan and an island lair to rival Blofeld. What transpires is in no way surprising, but it's so well done, you don't even care. The film has some surprisingly dark moments which don't detract from the experience at all and even add to it a little bit, blending along with some self-aware humor to provide just the right touch of realism to this fantastic world. All in all, really good stuff that rivals even Marvel and DC at times. In the knowledge of a sequel soon approaching, this should be required viewing for anyone who considers themselves a sci-fi nerd. Go watch it. That's all I'll say.
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on November 4, 2017
Not every movie from your childhood still holds water when you're well into your twenties, but The Incredibles is a rare exception. The voice acting is impeccable (come to find out, the voice of Violet is an NPR journalist), score is jazzy perfection, and the animation still looks great! By far my favorite thing about this movie though, is how accurately it portrays moving past your prime, transitioning to family life, and the very real problems that people have to deal with today. Also, it's hilarious.
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on November 19, 2017
This was my favorite movie as a kid and with the sequel coming out, I decided it was time to re-watch the film. This is one of the rare films from childhood (outside of many Disney animated originals) that definitely holds up when watched again 14 years later. The animation, while a little dated in comparison to today's standards, holds up remarkably well, the voice acting is superb, and the story isn't afraid to tackle more adult issues. This movie is a rare find that only gets better as time goes by.
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on May 15, 2012
In a land where AVENGERS rule the box office and superhero films paint the cinematic landscape year round, this little 2004 gem still stands out head and shoulders over many of them.

If you took elements of Watchmen (the book, not the movie), Fantastic Four, and a dash of sixties spy movie'd have The Incredibles.

The Parrs are a family like many of us. They deal with the frustration of a dead-end job, the often thankless work of keeping house, the social awkwardness of adolescence, and the sense of stiffled potential. However, unlike us, they have certain "gifts" that would make a mediocre existence that much more frustrating.

This is where the real heart of the story lies...not in the "crash bang wallop" of the action scenes and derring do...but in the Parr's family dynamic itself. Naturally, a movie like this asks us all to suspend disbelief. That said, I also believe that Brad Bird's approach to the family situations hit the nail on the head with a very believable hammer. They are as real a family as anything I have ever seen on television or film before. I know exactly how Bob Parr feels when he climbs in that stuffy car and fights traffic to a job that he truly hates...but does so to put food on the table. It's worse when he knows he's capable of so much more. Helen Parr is the prototypical housewife and mom. She's the rock. She's the glue that keeps them all from falling many Mom's are. Violet has all the shy and awkward trappings of most 14 year old girls...knowing she's different, yet feeling like she's invisible even when she's not using her gifts. Dash...well...Dash is about as average a ten year old as they come. He's mischevious and WAY too eager to show all the kids what he can do. Who hasn't felt like that at some point in their youth??

Add to this a great villain in Jason Lee's Syndrome. His motives aren't necessarily about world domination or wealth and power. They're actually a bit less insidious than that. He wants the approval and adoration that so many of us want in life....but his approach is what makes his character nefarious and twisted. He's yet another well fleshed out character.

Samuel Jackson's Frozone is a fun character that I wish had more screentime, yet his contribution to the story is great as middle-aged Mr. Incredible's voice of reason. A loyal friend...but someone who isn't afraid to tell him that he takes things too far.

Oh...and what else could be said about Edna Mode?? Ten minutes of total screen time...yet steals those ten minutes effortlessly.

One of the things about this movie that really wows me is the way they were able to get such GREAT performances from completely CGI characters. The facial expressions, body language, emoting....all done perfectly. In many ways, better than many real life actors. I see Holly Hunter in Helen Parr more than any other voice performance, but I do see some elements of Craig T Nelson in Bob Parr as well.

Brad Bird, responsible for one of the most underrated and excellent animated films in history (The Iron Giant), really hits it out of the park. This still remains my favorite Pixar offering...and one of my favorite movies of all time.
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on July 19, 2017
My friends were shocked that I hadn't seen this...... so I rented it and was thoroughly entertained! The mood was a mix of superhero and spy/007 genres. The score really hit all the right points as well.
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Pixar has delivered what is by far the best Super Hero movie ever made. Bar none. Brad Birds Magnum Opus. Everything we ever wanted in a Fantastic Four movie is delivered here. In brightly colored Pixar glory. Deep compelling story that draws from comics and James Bond and Family and Social issues with just enough real darkness to make it real and engaging. This probably sits as Pixar's #2 or #3 best movie. In a category otherwise reserved for Up, The Toy Story Movies and Finding Nemo.
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on January 7, 2018
We finally got around to watching this movie and it didn't disappoint. This is a great family movie for a family night. I can't wait to see the new one that is about to come out this year.
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on February 14, 2018
I have no idea how it took me 12 years to watch this movie. I just never got around to it. I am glad I finally did, it is hilarious. Looking forward to the sequel!
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on March 17, 2014
The incredibles is at times very funny, and at other moments very family orientated. The antics of this super hero clan can tickle youre funny bone, especially when they are trying their best to blend in with their society. Mr Incredible's attempts to keep his hand in the game, and also his attempts to keep his actions from his wife, make for some great comic moments. The maturing of their kids is heartwarming. The parents try to keep their super powers under wraps, but their kids won't be held down. The ending is about as family friendly as one can get, it looks like this bunch is in serious marital trouble. But mom and dad pull it together, and love and the good guys win the day. Well worth buying. JRV
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