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Alfie Livermore
Aug 22, 2018
In Film Reviews
The Incredibles (2004) was a masterpiece in my in and truly set its self apart from most animated and superhero movies at the time. However, Incredbles 2 did not have the same effect: personally i believe that the film primarily sold itself on the well expected hype that would come from the fans of the first film along with all of the new viewers who were sold the film by all of the extremely positive reviews of the first film. Incredibles 2 relies heavily on the nostalgia of fans which disappointed me as it came across as lazy from a narrative point of view; while I believe that the animations were undoubtedly incredible (i couldn't resist) that isn't enough to distract from the rather lacking story line. While the first film felt fresh with a new perspective on the super hero genre, having them outlawed rather than praised and focusing on the effect that their city wide battles would cause on the real world, the sequel just felt like a slight rehashing of the original, with a twist added in that doesn't surprise nor shock viewers. Syndrome was an amazing antagonist: from his lack of actual super powers, to his somewhat realistic motivations, he was an all-round great character that people love to hate. Screenslaver, while also a fairly adequate antagonist, is less interesting due to a poor backstory that isn't covered too much, uninspired and unrealistic motivations and we don't get the sense that Screenslaver is as invested in their evil doings when compared to a maniacal villain such as Syndrome. We learn about how Syndrome tested and tinkered with his evil creations to achieve his goal and become the ultimate anti-hero, this gives the audience a better understanding of Syndrome and how motivated he is to achieving his goal. In comparison, Screenslaver doesn't get too much development, we don't get to see any progress of their evil plans, we don't get to see any past failed attempts, and we don't get to understand how their motivations lead to their plans. Overall i found Incredibles 2 to be unoriginal and a cash-grab if anything. I can definitely see that a lot of money, time and effort went into making this movie, especially the animation, but the story felt rushed and uninspired, i never truly related to the characters or felt for them in any way. I found the film to be enjoyable nonetheless however i believe the story and some of the characters needed to be improved upon and needed to be further developed.
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