My favorite movie reviewer, Steven Greydanus, gives The Incredibles high marks. I agree.
Melanie and I went to see it last week, and it was great. It was very funny, had lots of action, had a good message, and the soundtrack was great, a jazzy thing inspired by Henry Mancini and John Berry with splashes of James Bond theme thrown about liberally.
It all takes place in an amorphous pseudo-Fifties, pseudo-present world, and as Greydanus says its “a romantic celebration of marriage and family as an act of heroism while it also acknowledges the sacrifices that parents make by giving up the pursuit of their own self-fulfillment for the sake of the domestic good.” It also balks at the idea of enforced mediocrity for the sake of self-esteem and takes on several other liberal shibboleths for good measure, as well.
Read the review, go to the movie, and make sure you take the whole family. It’s fun, fun, fun.
A couple of notes: Until I saw the credits, I would have sworn that Jack Black played the villain. And Edna Mode, who nearly stole the show, wasn’t one of the famed character actresses I imagined, but was director Brad Bird himself. Hilarious. I also wish we could have had more of Samuel L. Jackson’s character “Frozone”; he was ... dare I say it? ... cool.