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December 18, 2004

The Incredibles


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Well made computer-animated feature about a family of superheroes that's neither Pixar’s or director Brad Bird’s best work. Boringly long, periodically unfunny and surprisingly violent, The Incredibles nevertheless manages to moralize nicely about the strength of the nuclear family and all forms of tolerance. Erroneous black character Frozone and French mini-villain Bomb Voyage are satirical highpoints while the by-the-book structure is irredeemable even by parody. The film’s oft-lauded mass appeal is a greater victory for film business than filmmaker, and its excellent critical reception is perplexing. Moreso The Mediocres than The Incredibles, the film is nevertheless mildly entertaining and visually impressive. And, it must be said, Elizabeth Pena has a deliciously sexy voice that couples well with Elastigirl’s fantastically rotund bottom.


Blogger Scott said...

Boringly long? Periodically unfunny? No and no. Surprisingly violent? Yes. This is definitely Pixar's version of a Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer production and I have no problem with that. I had a hell of a lot more fun watching this than Bird's The Iron Giant with its b-o-r-i-n-g "guns are bad" message. You are allowed to disagree, however. ;-)

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