Release Date: November 5th, 2004
Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes
Written & Directed by: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
By: Michael “MovieBuff801″ Dennos
Ah, the glory days. That seems to be the topic at hand when discussing The Incredibles, in more ways than one. Not only do the characters in the film, former superheroes forced into early retirement by citizens who’ve experienced said heroes’ destructive collateral damage, sit around and reminisce in some form about their own glory days, the film itself is a pleasant reminder of when Pixar Studios could do no wrong. Just to clarify, though: I don’t mean that to be taken as they’ve gone down the toilet in most recent years, but I still think there’s no denying that ever since after the release of Toy Story 3, Pixar has seemed to lose that magical spark which made them put out so many great movies, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who longs to see that spark return. Quite frankly, The Incredibles remains one of Pixar’s finest achievements to date, a movie filled with creativity, excitement, heart and humor, but that’s not where my praises end for it. I also consider it to be one of the best superhero films ever made, period, a title which The Incredibles is more than worthy of.
The film takes place in a world where superheroes are a part of the fabric of everyday life, but as already mentioned, begins when the public has become fed up with the costs of their day-saving. Specifically, the focus is on Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), formerly Mr. Incredible, who’s become an office drone working for an insurance company and very bored with his ordinary life. He’s also a family man, having married Elastigirl/Helen (Holly Hunter) and fathering three children with her: Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Spencer Fox) and infant Jack Jack. Like their parents, Violet and Dash possess super powers; Violet has the ability to disappear and create forcefields, while Dash, as his name suggests, can run super-fast. The Parrs’ suburban lifestyle is interrupted, however, when Bob receives a cryptic mission to dispose of an experimental robot running amok on a secluded island. He does, but it opens up a whole new set of problems, at the center of which is Syndrome (Jason Lee), a vindictive supervillain with nefarious plans for all remaining superheroes in the world. Suddenly, the Parr family finds themselves the only ones who can put a stop to Syndrome’s schemes and in the process, give the public a good reminder of the benefits of having superheroes around.