Grade A


Super powered family — The Incredibles — are back in “Incredibles 2,” living in a world where superheroes are outlawed from using their super powers.   Homeless and broke, The Incredibles — headed by Holly Hunter (who plays the mom) and Craig T. Nelson (who plays the dad) — are holed up in a motel paid for by the government; in a few days, they are out and on their own.  Either Hunter or Nelson must get a regular job, while the other stays home to care for the kids.   Before a decision is made, a wealthy pair of siblings offers Hunter an opportunity to show the world how important and beneficial it is for the world to have superheroes do their thing.   The idea is to use public approval to change laws about superheroes.

Hunter is definitely down with the project; and Nelson is just down, taking a back seat to his wife, staying out of public view and being a stay at home dad.  What he thinks is an easy job turns out to be an endless struggle of parental guidance; and then there is the situation with Nelson’s infant son who shows signs of being a very powerful super.

On Hunter’s end, all seems to go well with her crime fighting activities; but a shadowy figure who can hypnotize people into doing evil things makes an appearance, and this person may be the biggest threat that any super has fought.

I was going to be politically correct and say my most memorable, movie moment of “Incredibles 2” is the scene when the Incredibles are having a tense discussion about being forced to not use their super powers…to be shut out.  The subtext of course is intolerance of those who are different.  Sounds good, right?  Screw that.  I hate political correctness.  My most memorable, movie moment of “Incredibles 2” is the scene when Hunter is walking up a long set of steps and the camera angle shows her butt for several seconds.

“Incredibles 2” lives up to the hype with an interesting plot; large, action sequences that would make James Bond producers envious; likeable characters and many funny moments.

— M