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SYNOPSIS: Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of 'normal' life. It's a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again-which is easier said than done, even when they're all Incredible.

Review by Louise Keller:
A happy explosion of colour, action, fun and humour, this long awaited sequel soars as high as the impossibly flexible Elastigirl, as she leaps through the skies executing gymnastics as she restores the world's faith in Super Heroes. Sophisticated yet accessible, the film is fresh, inventive and fast paced as it lives up to the promise of Brad Bird's 2004 Oscar winner, in which the central super heroes juggle family values as they save the world. Suitable for all ages, this is undiluted cinema magic: bottled up happiness splashed onto the screen. I chuckled and giggled throughout this delighful film, whose smart script relies on character and whose joie de vivre shines through every Incredibles moment.

After a thrilling action sequence reminding us of their unique powers, we learn that life is not necessarily easy - even when you have super powers. Especially now that super heroes have been classified illegal and the Incredibles are out of a job. A new opportunity and a new villain propels Helen/Elastigirl into the limelelight, clad in silver lurex bodysuit and thigh high boots to accentuate her hour glass figure and elastic limbs. Meanwhile, Bob/Mr Incredible discovers that fatherhood is harder than he thought: he is left at home with the challenge of taking care of the kids. Stealing all the scenes is baby Jack-Jack, whose impish antics and infectious chuckle is enough to make anyone laugh, as he delights in discovering his super powers for the first time. Watch for the scene with Edna (voiced by Brad Bird himself), the diminutive designer to the super heroes, when she looks after Jack-Jack overnight.

Craig T. Nelson voices the muscle-ridden tough guy whose heart is as big as his massive chin, while the distinctively voiced Holly Hunter is Elastigirl, superwoman, superwife and supermom. Teenage daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell) with invisibility talents has boy troubles; super-fast son Dash (Huck Milner) is struggling with mathematics; the super cool Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is back freezing things, while telecommunications marketing (Bob Odenkirk) and his sassy inventor sister (Catherine Keener) are central to the action as a super villain poses a serious threat.

Propelled by a Bond-esque music score with touches of jazz, the film is replete with indelible moments and serious laughter opportunities. Don't miss it!

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(US, 2018)

VOICES: Samuel L. Jackson, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Jonathan Banks, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Isabella Rossellini, John Ratzenberger

PRODUCER: Nicole Paradis Grindle, John Walker


SCRIPT: Brad Bird


EDITOR: Stephen Schaffer

MUSIC: Michael Giacchino


RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studio Pictures


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