(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW score: 41. Rare is the sequel that rises near the level of its iconic precursor. The plot was old but the look, dialogue, & set pieces were still A+. 4 out of 5 octopi #MovieReview #fun
I can’t really say anything bad about this movie. Maybe I was just in a weird place when I saw it. It was excellent but it didn’t move my heart or make my soul jump like the inaugural chapter. Nothing can ever match the wonder of an amazing first installment in a legendary franchise. For example, even though Empire Strikes Back is the better film and the best Star Wars movie of all time, Episode 4: A New Hops is the introduction to Lucas’ beautiful universe and the first time you encounter the most famous and beloved sci-fi/fantasy world and that experience can’t be matched. Your 2nd love might be strongest but nothing will feel like the first. That’s what Incredibles 2 was like, except, unlike Empire, it wasn’t the better movie.
Incredibles 2 is a fine film. It did everything right. But unlike #1, it was only the sum of its parts.
SPOILER ALERT: this was a rehash of the first Incredibles plot. A mysterious benefactor pays one of the parents handsomely and it looks like a great gig initially and, like the 1st one, the benign patron turns malignant. Oh, and the Jack Jack fight scene with the raccoon absolutely and hilariously steals the movie.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or special effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)