Updated: Dec 22, 2019
A family of secret superheroes are forced to leave their new suburban lifestyle in order to save the world.
Before 2004, we obviously did not have high-octane superhero franchises the way we do today. No Iron Man or Captain America, and certainly no Avengers. But were we superhero-deprived? Of course not! Pixar did the honours by bringing us one of the coolest ensemble superhero movies - The Incredibles (2004) - directed by Brad Bird.
The movie follows the lives of a superhero couple - Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) who are forced to live a normal life as Bob and Helen Parr after the government bans all superhero activity. Both superheroes long to live the action-packed lives they once had.
The question asked is, “How far are you willing to go for your family?”.
After Mr Incredible is called to battle a rogue robot, he has to say goodbye to his wife and kids. But when he gets into trouble, his family jumps to action to save him. The question asked is, “How far are you willing to go for your family?”. The Incredibles also shows the power of teamwork and loyalty. But clearly, what makes it a far more compelling story than any other typical ensemble superhero film is that The Incredibles are really family.
Every character’s plight comes across as honest and believable. Bob and Helen’s struggles with parenthood resonate with adults. Bob acts as the backbone of his complicated family. Helen, metaphorically represents the overstretched parent. Violet, a shy, awkward teenager who hates attention, turns invisible to escape from the world. How do they balance their superhuman nature with normalcy and fit into society? This duality within each character is an interesting conflict that the film explores effectively. In the end, Pixar didn’t create a perfect family; far from it! Initially, the Parr family appears dysfunctional, with each character pulling in different directions. But crisis brings them together.
The Incredibles has some of the best, most riveting action sequences in Pixar history. It also has something to offer to all ages. Amazingly, The Incredibles is a wholly original creation. Unlike most other superhero franchises, the story and characters were not adapted from any comic or TV show!