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Incredibles 2 (PG)
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Caution: spoilers!

This is a sequel to The Incredibles. It was released in 2018, fourteen years after the original. It was accompanied theatrically by the short film Bao, which was included on the movie's DVD and Blu-ray releases. That short is not related to the "Incredibles" franchise, but another short film, Auntie Edna, was included on the movie's digital and Blu-ray releases. That one takes place during the events of this movie. Anyway... considering "The Incredibles" is not only my favorite Pixar movie ever, but quite possibly my absolute favorite movie, period (certainly very high up the list of my favorite movies of all time, at least), I highly anticipated the sequel. It wasn't as good as the original, but it was still an excellent movie, which didn't disappoint me in the least.

It begins with a scene of agent Rick Dicker interviewing Tony Rydinger, the boy with whom Violet made a date at the end of the first movie. We learn that when the Underminer (John Ratzenberger) attacked the city at the end of that movie and the Incredibles prepared to stop him, Tony saw Violet in her super suit, but without her mask. So, Dicker had to erase his memory of her secret identity. After that scene, the movie backtracks a bit, to show the battle against Underminer. It's only after the battle that Violet tells her father that Tony had seen her, and Mr. Incredible then calls Dicker to have him deal with that situation.

Anyway... the battle caused a lot of damage, for which the superheroes get blamed. And Dicker informs them that the Superhero Relocation Program is being shut down. Meanwhile, the Parrs have to stay in a motel for a couple of weeks, because of damage their house had sustained in the first movie. But Frozone is approached by a wealthy businessman named Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), the CEO of DevTech. Like his father before him, Winston has always been a great fan of superheroes. Frozone then brings Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl to meet with Winston and his sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener), who develops technology for DevTech. Winston wants to restore the public's faith in superheroes, with the ultimate goal of repealing the law that forced supers to stop... supering... fifteen years ago. He has a plan to do that, which involves letting the public see superheroes from their own perspective, with cameras that record them in action. (Which kind of puts me in mind of making cops in the real world wear bodycams, though the motivation isn't quite the same.) Winston's plan calls for Elastigirl to be the first one to do this, because... well, she tends to cause less destruction than the others.

We get to see some of her adventures, but meanwhile, Bob has to stay home and take care of the kids. On the bright side, "home" is no longer a motel, but a really incredible house that Winston provides for them. Bob tries his best to be supportive of his wife's new role, but he's clearly very jealous that she gets to be out there saving the day instead of him, especially considering she was always the one saying they needed to just live normal lives. Of course, there are plenty of problems for Bob to deal with on the home front, which is also frustrating at first, since he doesn't really know how to deal with his kids' problems. And as much as he wants to get back in the field as a superhero, he also wants to prove he can do a good job as primary caregiver. One of the things he has to deal with is his discovery that baby Jack-Jack has super powers... like a lot of super powers. (Audiences had seen that in the short film "Jack-Jack Attack" that came with the original movie's DVD. But I was a bit surprised that the family didn't know that; I could have sworn they found that out at the end of the first movie. I guess I was wrong, though.) Anyway... at one point, Bob leaves Jack-Jack with Edna overnight, so she can observe all his powers and design a super suit that would account for all of them. (That's what we see in "Auntie Edna.")

Well... there is a new supervillain called Screenslaver to be dealt with. And lots of other stuff happens with regard to both family life and superhero life. And it's all great stuff, but I guess I don't want to reveal any more of the plot. So I'll just say it was definitely worth the wait.

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