The Incredibles (Review)

(8 out of 10)

I figure everyone will see this movie, and I can’t see anyone not enjoying this, at least on some level. I would think most people know about the film, so I don’t think there’s much to say.

Personal Comments

I enjoyed the movie over-all. Normally, recreations of older film styles are not something that excite me. In this case, I liked the characters, action and the genre, so I didn’t mind. Some random comments:

  • I’m a little ambivalent about the resemblance (some would say % – “) of the Fantastic Four. I guess, I felt a little disappointed at first because I would have liked to have seen more original powers, but my disappointment didn’t last long.
  • I loved Frozone and his effects. That was some of the coolest effects I have ever seen. In some ways, this character feels like he was put in just because his powers and the display of his powers were so cool. Normally, that would bother me, but not this time. All I’m going to say is that if the X-Men films ever try to feature the Iceman, they’ll have a tough time topping the display of ice/freezing powers.
  • This film reinforces my belief that some of the “comics-to-screen” films should try the animated route. With a good anination–i.e. Japanese animators–you could a film that could appeal to s as well as children. I think animation may be better suited because some of the cgi effects in a live action film seem out of place. An animated film takes care of that problem, although I don’t think Pixar would be the company to do this because their characters look to “kiddie.”
  • I don’t know if it’s just me, but at times the film reminded me of claymation. I don’t know why but I kept thinking of the film Mad Monster Party. I think that may be because Elasti-Girl reminded me of Francesca in that film. Also, Syndrome reminded me of the fire monster/god in one of the Rudolph films. I kinda wish the characters didn’t look like claymation figures, but it wasn’t a big issue. A part me feels that’s what the Pixar people were going for.
  • I think the editing and story could have been tightened. There was a lull in the beginning of the film. The last third of the film seemed to be crammed with action. I had the feeling the filmmaker had all these scenes they wanted to get in there. There were cool “gadgets” and effects that they seemed to be dying to showcase. A little more rewrites and editing could have made this a better film, I think.
  • I enjoyed the Edna E Mode character. I liked making the “Q” character with that mahu effect.
  • I enjoyed the James Bond, jazzy score, especially during the fight scenes. It reminded me of Cowboy Bebop and the older spy films that the music refers to.
  • I can’t wait to watch the other “Incredible” films that come out. As long as they can get some good stories, the next films should be really entertaining.

2 Responses to “The Incredibles (Review)”

  1. Reid

    We saw this again with Larri’s neice and nephews.

    Some other comments:

    • I think the voices for the characters are really good.
    • Brad Bird, the director, really nails the use of music in this film, too.
    • I didn’t feel like the film needed tightening and editing so much the second time around.
    • The action scenes and the situations the action scenes take place in were very good.
    • One of the things I like to see in super-hero teams is the group working together, and there was that element in the film.
    • I think Kevin will get a kick out of the modern architecture and design in this film. There are some total rip-offs of James Bond sets

    I really liked what I learned about the way Pixar does things. They seem to understand and respect the artistic process and put that ahead of commercial formulas.

    I think my one minor complaint was that I would have liked to see a new world and look instead of going back to the 40s-50’s modern, James Bond-Super-hero thing. Screw the past! Go for something new.

    Here’s an interesting quote from an interview with Bird:

    What was the inspiration for the title characters?

    The goal was to make the family based on archetypes. If you’re going to have superheroes and it’s a family, what are the family archetypes? The dad is always expected to be strong, so I made him really strong. Moms are always pulled in a thousand different directions, so I had her stretch. Teenagers in general and teenage women in particular are self-conscious and kind of defensive when they’re going through that point between being a kid and being an adult, so they’re like, “Don’t look at me!” So she’s invisible and has force fields. 10 year old boys are hyperactive energy balls that ricochet off the walls, so I had him have super speed. And babies are unrealized potential. So that was kind of what drove me to do it that way.

    This could be in the top ten action films of all-time for me.

  2. Jill

    I absolutely loved this film! I now thoroughly enjoy the voice of Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible. He has that perfect blend of macho-man and imperfection. It’s so endearing! I especially enjoyed Mr. Incredible in his ho-hum, mediocre job at the insurance company. I think so many people in America relate to this feeling of having superhero potential that’s squashed by the nature of their work/circumstances.

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