Friday, June 15, 2018

The Incredibles 2

Okay. Bear with me.

The Incredibles 2 is a very good movie, the animation quality is excellent, the story is very good as a continuation of the first, the voice cast is top form if not even better than the first, and there is more comedy and characters than the first. It still mixes different pools of source materials and still comes out to be a dang good movie. BUT, and this is the part you need to bear with me, it really was not worth the 14 year wait. It's a good movie, I really enjoyed the movie, I would buy the movie and watch it again and again! But I get this feeling that this movie was not made for us, the people who saw the teaser for The Incredibles, saw it in the theater, the people who wanted a sequel. It was made for the kids who saw The Incredibles when they were 6 or 7 years old, and now they are about 10 to 11 years old. They would love the movie even more so because they did not have to wait that long like we did. I'm not trying to go all "millenial" and be like, "Ugh we have to wait 2 or 3 years to see what happens next? That's way too long, we need to see it next year!", that is ridiculous. What do you want quality or quantity? Me personally, I want quality. But let's take another example of a Pixar movie, Toy Story, waited 4 years for the 2nd, and then an astounding 11 years for the 3rd. But with Toy Story there was a reason, they timed it to where by the time the 3rd came out all the kids who saw the first were Andy's age, moving onto college or adulthood. That is an example of timing. But 14 years for a sequel that could have easily came out in 2009 or 2010 if you were pushing it, does not hold that merit. I mean, you really made Finding Dory first rather than The Incredibles 2? Really? It just wasn't worth the wait for me. A very good movie, but too little too late. And to throw salt in my bitter old ass, the movie started with the cast ASSURING the wait would be worth it. And it just wasn't for me. Does that hinder my enjoyance? Only a bit. I hate to be so jaded on this but it affected me, and the movie was good I must stress that. I had really no expectations for the movie. Now you might be saying, "But Dude you had to have had some form of expectation, the movie took so long to come out!" and you know what my reaction was when the news was official and Incredibles 2 was announced? "Well that's awesome. Took them long enough." And that was it. So I was going in with a completely unbiased and unexpected mind, fully willing to accept whatever was on the screen. There is such a thing as too long or too short when it comes to continuations of stories. When everybody was thrilled to hear about the continuation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, they had to wait a long time unless they loved the story at a young age, which my guess would say that would be very rare. It took 55 years for that story to have a sequel. But did it need it? Well I haven't read the book or seen the film yet but even I could say the book ends definitively. And in actuality, it wasn't even a sequel, just an earlier draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. So people got so interested in reading essentially Mockingbird V. 0.487, and the event did not phase me in the slightest. So the film could have been an awful lot worse. But now my thoughts turn to the future. I joked about Monsters Inc. 2 but I am now worried it could end up the same as The Incredibles in terms of impact. If you're going to dedicate 14 years for a sequel, it better be Empire Strikes Back levels of amazing. And this, just wasn't. A really good movie hurt by it's dragging release. But if you can look past this huge gap, you're going to enjoy the movie. I just hope Pixar listens to it's dedicated fans in the future and take action on what they want.

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