There’s a lot to say about Incredibles 2 from its great aspects to its not-so-great aspects but one thing we can’t deny is its success. The first Incredibles released in 2004 was both a box-office success and a critically acclaimed piece in Pixar’s repertoire receiving praise for its premise, characters, story and humor. When the long awaited sequel was finally released over a decade after, it delivered a fun film that not only earned praise but is now more financially successful that the first one.
The sequel surpassed the original’s box-office earnings of $633 million with a whopping $648 million at the global box-office. Not only that, it broke the record for best debut for an animated film surpassing the previous record held by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (yeah, that one). The film has also earned praise by critics with a 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with its humor, animation and action being highlighted.
Brad Bird’s long awaited sequel was no doubt an achievement in animation and definitely something to look out for in the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars. Released in June 15, it’s safe to say that the film will still be doing great financially within the weeks to come. It’s unsure if it’ll reach the billion dollar mark but it might go close to it. The financial success over the original doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better by any means but it is a testament to how the original resonated with audiences.
Despite the praise, Incredibles 2 did have some problems from its lackluster villain along with a story that didn’t hold a candle to the higher stakes present in the first film. Some have even accused the film of pushing a SJW agenda with its role reversal premise. Now, this one is a fairly complicated one, on one hand, it does seem like another ploy by Pixar to hop on the SJW bandwagon but on the other hand, it doesn’t do it relatively badly unlike films such as Ghostbusters (2016) and the recent Ocean’s Eight.
Political motivations aside (if they were ever present to begin with), the film was quite good. It had some problems such as its failure to truly explore its ideological premise pertaining to society’s dependency on heroes, weak villain along with how it underutilized one particular character (you know who I’m talking about). It still had some great action scenes accompanied by a triumphant score and some thoroughly funny moments. It’s great to see that Pixar is still delivering some fun flicks maintaining their place as one of animation’s best. One the bright side, it was still better than Finding Dory.
Source: Box Office Mojo