23 July 2010
The Incredibles (2004)
The first review done by a guest reviewer!
This movie is - taking the easy pun because that's how I am - incredible. It tells the story of a family of superheroes trying to live a normal life in a world that has seen, accepted, and then rejected superheroes. Mr. Incredible works a soul-crushing job in insurance while Mrs. Incredible tries to keep the children out of trouble - a trying task since they're struggling to be something they're not. Their not-so-everyday problems are hilarious enough (Mr. Incredible's annoying, persnickety boss is voiced by Vizzini from The Princess Bride!) and the movie only gets better when Mr. Incredible's reinvolvement in superhero activities draws the whole family into a dangerous, explosive adventure to save the world from a bonafide (albeit slightly ridiculous) supervillain.
This movie successfully uses the conventions associated with superheroes and their travails - killer robot, monologuing villain, amazingly narrow misses, epic and debris-hurling final confrontation - to craft the ultimate superhero story. It brings the archetypes to life in a thrilling way which fully acknowledges its use of them even as they work their magic.
... The Pretentious Reviewer's Seal of Approval!