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Review: Incredibles 2

June 15, 2018 1 min read

There has been early chatter that Incredibles 2 relies on nostalgia to achieve its ends. Let me be perfectly clear, I understand that (1) we’re in the middle of a nostalgia driven resurgence of a great many properties come back to life from the past and (2) we’re in the midst of a generational shift where marketers and businesses are targeting a shift of buying power to capitalize on that nostalgia factor. NOW HEAR THIS: it’s not nostalgia if it’s something that you never got and you always wanted more of.

Welcome to Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2. It’s been 14 years since the original film absolutely wowed with its near perfection. It’s a fact that you’re not so subtly reminded of by a quick intro from Craig T. Nelson (Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Elastigirl) and Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone) that thanks you for coming and acknowledges that time gap. Fourteen years is not nothing. It’s nearly on the scale of the gap (16 years) between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace—which in my mind felt like an eternity. To return to form, and pick up right where you left off with nearly the same amount of success would be an achievement indeed. Guess what, Incredibles 2 does just that, and a few of the highs might be even higher.

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