The social media embargo has been lifted on The Incredibles 2, and fans of the original should be delighted to find out it lives up to the hype.
Disney and Pixar are back with another summer blockbuster, but this time, it’s a return to a familiar setting. Ever since the idea of The Incredibles 2 was teased, people have been trying to prepare themselves emotionally for it. Once it hits theaters, it shouldn’t be a surprise if more than half of the people in the audience are in their mid-to-late 20s.
When The Incredibles premiered in 2004, it defied the conventions of a superhero film. It didn’t have a main character, as everyone in the family was superpowered and had a moment to shine. There was no damsel in distress, as Elastigirl and Violet often had to pick up the slack of their male counterparts. Supporting characters like Frozone and Edna Mode became household names in their own right. And while the final scene teased a sequel, it didn’t arrive until 14 years later.
There’s always the danger that sequels can never live up to the promise of the original, so it was fair for fans of The Incredibles to have their doubts. But anyone who was lucky enough to catch an advanced screening of the film has been singing its praises all day long:
Disney and Pixar don’t have a perfect track record when it comes to sequels — hello Cars 2 and 3 — but The Incredibles 2 is a lot closer to Toy Story 3. It’s another beloved film that came back a decade later and reminded everyone that you’re never too old for these characters. Toy Story 3 was one of the most gut-wrenching movies in history, though. Time will tell if The Incredibles 2 plans to pull at our heartstrings the way that film did.
If there’s a lesson to take away from all this, it’s to never doubt Disney and Pixar ever again. They’ve hit another one out of the park.