Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Incredibles (2004)

The best superhero family movie - and that’s because it’s a movie about a family of superheroes. This was Pixar’s biggest gamble - all of their previous films were either written or directed by the Pixar trio - John Lasseter, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton. But for The Incredibles they hired outsider Brad Bird, a guy they had been trying to hire for years. The bet worked - and Pixar won an Oscar for Best Film.

The Incredibles is a story about Mr. Incredible - a once famed superhero who is forced to retire and settle down as a commoner. He has a loving family - all “super” (i.e. with their own unique powers) but he misses the good ol’ days.
His second chance at glory arrives when a secret government agency hires him to stop an evil robot, but of course as the film moves along things aren’t the way they seem and the fun starts - with the entire Incredible family fighting for survival and for the ungrateful non-super humans.
Never has a superhero become a international sensation - with the public begging the makers for a sequel - without a comic or graphic novel behind it. Not only did Bird create an original superhero, he also created one who deserves a place in the hall of fame.
Also, the success of The Incredibles proves that a superhero doesn’t have to have a tragic past to be loved by millions.

Favorite Quote: “I don’t know. Something amazing, I guess.” - Kid on bike.

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