Movie review: The Incredibles
I really liked Brad Bird’s 1999 The Iron Giant, a quirky animated tale about a boy and his giant robot. When I first saw it at the historic Normal theater, I had no idea that Warner Brothers had botched the release, shutting out Bird from his labor of love. But most likely now, WB is eating crow 3 meals a day as Bird’s Pixar film, The Incredibles mops up a well-deserved victory at the box-office.
If you don’t normally go see animated movies, make an exception for this one. Here’s the setup: after meeting every villain and hazard, the world’s superheroes are finally defeated and forced into obscurity by a barrage of lawsuits. Somehow, that is so believable…
Mr. Incredible (who is married to Elasti-girl) whiles away his life as an insurance adjuster, a job he hates. No superheroing is allowed anywhere. It is an oppressive and suffocating premise that sets up the movie’s subtext of society’s “celebration of mediocrity.” Again; believable because it is so familiar.
I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of details and irrelevant history: you can click on the links I’ve provided for that. Just go see the movie! After The Iron Giant I could easily have been let down but this movie lifted me up. If you like smart, fun movies, it will lift you up, too.