The Incredibles (2004) (mini-review++)

06(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)

acting 9

directing 10

effects 10

editing 9

writing 10

SW SCORE: 45

4.5 out of 5 🐙

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I like to watch comic book based movies and rank them. A few friends of mine who have checked out my ranking (who am I kidding? only my friends check out my ranking) asked me why I didn’t include The Incredibles and Incredibles 2. My current position on that is that it can’t be on my list unless the source material was a comic book. As with most Pixar joints, it is an original story and not based on any comic book. That said, there are more examples of great movies that seem like they should be comic book-based and, more and more, I feel like I should include those as well. Isn’t the spirit of the thing more important than the letter of the law? I dunno. What I can say is that The Incredibles is a pitch-perfect comic book hero movie. It starts just how most do but takes the genre in a new direction that most comic book aficionados probably did not see coming. The idea od the obsolescence and subsequent ennui of superheroes in a villain-less world hardly seems revolutionary in our much more cynical world. But it was so original back then. Even the villain and his story was an angle that wasn’t seen before in mainstream hero stories. Again, and I know I sound like a broken record here, it was another fresh Pixar take. 

The voice acting was phenomenal but I have to give a special shout out to Brad Bird. If you look at every Pixar movie before this one, it was a (very talented) team job when it came to writing and directing. This time, Bird has solo credit for both directing and writing. That’s remarkable.

Feels level (0 being no tears, 10 being waterfall): 1 – It might be one of the most perfect and original comic book hero stories ever told. And while there were certainly depressing and harshly real moments, crying is not something I came close to while watching this movie. It’s not a criticism. It’s just my truth, true believers. 

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or 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)

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