‘The Incredibles 2’: Is It Worth the High?Dante JordanJune 19, 2018
High Experienced (1-10): Look at what I smoked. You tell me.
After 14 long years, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: The Incredibles 2 is here. In order of the momentous occasion, I got silly high and hit my local Cinemark on premiere night to see what the Parr family has been up to.
The Incredibles 2 is a really good movie with an entertaining storyline. Basically, the Incredibles exist in a world where superheroes have been outlawed because of all the damage and destruction they cause to cities. After failing to capture a criminal (the Underminer), the Incredibles are forced to retire and live like regular humans. However, Winston and Evelyn Deavor, two siblings that run a super-duper tech company, DevTech, present them with an opportunity to be superheroes again.
They want Elastigirl to be the face of DevTech’s new mission: to have superheroes wear DevTech supersuit cameras and record their superhero work live for the world to see. Their thought is that people will become empathetic about how hard it is to be a superhero, see how necessary superheroes are, and then the laws will be reversed and the Incredibles, as well as all the other superheroes that DevTech has recruited, will be legal once again.
It seems like a great idea at first. However, a new villain, the Screenslaver (side-eye) gets in the way and ultimately takes control of DevTech’s superheroes, as well as everyone watching, through hypnosis via phone, computer, and TV screen. The Incredibles are compelled to once again save the day, leading to a whole bunch of action, adventure, and laughter.
On the surface, it’s your typical superhero movie: fun and simple. At its core, though, this movie has multiple deep themes. One of them is women empowerment. The Incredibles 2 does a great job of placing Elastigirl in a position of power, instead of just a role as sidekick to her big strong can-do-anything-ever superhero husband. DevTech makes it very clear that Elastigirl is a star and they think Mr. Incredible is reckless and clumsy. By showing her value, independence, talents, and success, the movie has a message for young (and old) girls worldwide: you can do anything, and you don’t need a man’s permission for it.
The Incredibles 2 takes multiple shots at trash men and the trash way society views/treats women, and I’m here for all of it. It also has a theme of “the internet and screens are ruining the world.” While this is a sentiment I can understand (and definitely agree with in some ways), it felt a bit misplaced in this movie. Because that was the main point The Incredibles 2 was driving home, the villain of the movie had revolve around this theme, and what we got was wack-ass Screenslaver.
The problem with Screenslaver is that he/she was weak as hell. With superhero flicks, you need the villain to feel as, or more, powerful than the heroes. You need to feel like the heroes’ lives are truly in danger. Screenslaver never gave you those feels, and when it came time for Screenslaver to go head-to-head with the superheroes, he/she was so easily defeated that you felt robbed of a key element of the film. But other than that, I have no gripes about this fun sequel.
Is It Worth the High? Oh yeah. It’s entertaining, it’s hilarious, it’s topical, and overall, it gives you exactly what you’ve been waiting for. If you haven’t already, make plans to get high and go see it. Today. Right now.