The Incredibles (2004)

Once in a while I like to watch an animated film, so this time around I chose The Incredibles. It's a Pixar computer animated flick about a superhero family. Mr. Incredible is a tongue in cheek kind of Superman (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), who marries Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter). After their marriage they end up in the superhero relocation program and they get settled into new jobs and lives, but are forbidden from using their superpowers. They end up fifteen years later as your almost average suburban family with three kids, and Mr. Incredible works for an insurance company in a distinctly not incredible position. Samuel Jackson as Frozone rounds out the veteran acting talent.

Opportunity knocks one day when Mr. Incredible gets the opportunity to use his super powers in a freelance position. As this film progresses, we realize that he got more than he bargained for, and soon his entire family must get involved to save the day. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible must also combat the ravages of middle age as he tries to take on the world.

Along the way, The Incredibles is impressively animated. While the bulk of the film is computer rendered, there are a few actual backgrounds sprinkled in that keep the look grounded in reality. Combine that with plenty of smart humor, and one liners, and my attention was held throughout. If you're looking for whole family entertainment, check out The Incredibles. Fans of classic comic books will also enjoy the references to such things as "Why do I have to save the world again?" as the characters muse about the responsibilities of being a superhero.

Overall Grade: B+

Reviewed by Jonas

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