This past weekend, I bought tickets to go see the sequel to one of my favorite children’s movies. I’m talking about the Incredibles 2.

This movie has been in production for fourteen years after the first Incredibles film, released in 2004, garnered international success.

Obviously, I was expecting a phenomenal production. However, I left the theater feeling a little disappointed by the final product.

Incredibles 2 was a very good movie, but when compared to the first one, I felt that it simply lacked the original’s charm.

Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy it.

This movie featured much more of Frozone, a fan-favorite character that wasn’t very well developed in the first movie. We see Frozone, whose real name is revealed to be Lucius, helping Bob babysit the kids while Helen is out trying to show the world the good that Supers do by stopping crime.

I also enjoyed the way that the film helped to humanize Bob by showing that he, too has to be a regular parent. He is shown helping Dash with his homework, helping Violet with her boy problems, and taking care of Jack-Jack.

Jack-Jack is much more developed in this film as well. In the climax when the kids go in search of their parents, Jack-Jack’s 17 powers (yes, he has 17 individual powers) help them to succeed.

Edna Mode also returns, shown taking care of Jack-Jack while Bob catches up on sleep.

I can’t say that the plot was very difficult to decode, which was one of my biggest problems with the film. It was much too predictable for me. I know that this is a children’s movie, but there were many teenagers and adults in the theater who probably also craved a more complex plot.

Nevertheless, there were a few interesting twists, such as when the true identity of the Screenslaver is revealed. I did enjoy the final battle scene, as well.

Overall, though, I think both the lessons and overall plot of the first film outshine this movie by a long shot.

There was one message that stood out to me above the rest in the movie, however. At one point, the Screenslaver gives a long monologue regarding modern society’s addiction to technology, and how we need to start living our lives by connecting to each other person to person. I truly did appreciate this message, as it acted as a sort of wake-up call regarding many modern-day issues.

Before Incredibles 2 started, a short, eight-minute film called Bao was featured, which featured a Chinese mother who suffers from empty nest syndrome.

The short film revolves around a mother who is reluctant to see her son grow up and pretends that a dumpling she cooks comes to life and tries to get a second chance at raising a kid. Eventually, her real son comes home and is told by the father to go comfort his mother.

Bao brought me to tears, alongside the entire theater. After eight minutes of beautiful dialogue and visuals, the entire theater broke into applause.

Bao was truly gorgeous, and in my opinion, I would’ve bought a ticket to watch the short film alone.

Overall, I would give Incredibles 2 a 7/10, and Bao would receive a 10/10 for me.

If you haven’t yet seen Incredibles 2, let me know if you agree or disagree with what I thought!

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