Project 400 In 365 # 3: The Incredibles

In Movie Reviews on October 13, 2011 at 3:43 am


It had been a long time since I watched this movie, long enough in fact to make it feel like I was watching it again for the first time.  And that was a very good thing.  I love rediscovered movies….even ones I have seen many times before are so enjoyable with fresh viewings.

To me, this is Pixars pinnacle. While films like Monsters Inc and Cars are enjoyable and humorous, The Incredibles is a much deeper film.  It is a movie about family, friendship and doing what is right.  But it is also a movie which is made for adults and  geared toward adults. While I am sure kids enjoyed much of the humor, the themes, dialog and even the way the characters are drawn can not truly be appreciated by youngsters.  Even though it is a cartoon, the animators do an amazing job of bringing the family structure front and center.  Little nuances here and there throughout the movie make it feel like it could be a deep house and home based movie is was not a cartoon. And that is what I loved about it.

Unlike other Pixar (and even recent Disney movies), this film puts the comedy and outlandishness of the cartoon medium on the back burner, and instead actually gives us a real story that could easily be translated into a live action film.  You take the super hero aspect out of the movie, and you are still left with a compelling study of a man who is lost in his life, and needs direction.  There is no better angle for a thought provoking story than that.

Even the comedy is made for adults.  Most kids will not get the subtle looks or one liners that are thrown out. It is truly a shame that the studios have gone away from this type of high concept animation, because it works.


4 out of 5 stars


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