Incredibles 2 (2018)

Director: Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L Jackson

 

Plot: The Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.


Tagline – Back to work.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pixar Sequel Fun

 

Story: Incredibles 2 starts as the Incredibles are still trying to fight crime even if it is against the law, the latest mission sees them caught and needing to close down the program they are using. Winston Denvor and his sister Evelyn offer a chance to bring the superheroes back into the positive light, with Elastigirl being front and centre, leaving Mr Incredible to raise the children this time around.

As Elastigirl continues to fight crime and take on the mysterious supervillain known as the Screenslaver, Mr Incredible must learn how to deal with Jack-Jack’s new powers, which he is struggling to control.

 

Thoughts on Incredibles 2

 

Characters – Helen gets a chance to become Elastigirl in a hope to bring the legalisation of superheroes back for the public, she must leave her family to achieve this and relishes being in this role. Bob is Mr Incredible, but this time he must be the stay at home parent, which he learns to struggle with everyday problems that come with parenting and dealing with Jack-Jack’s powers. Violet and Dash must continue to learn their responsibilities as superheroes and not risk their lives like their parents do. Evelyn and Winston are the people that want to bring the superheroes back into the world, they are giving them a new PR make over which will the world accept superheroes again. Jack-Jack is the baby with new powers which will make him more powerful than the rest of the family combined.

StoryThe story here feels almost like a reverse of the previous film, with Elastigirl getting the chance to go back into the field only to come up against a supervillain with their own motivation to not want superheroes in the world anymore. We have a side to the story with Mr Incredible needing to stay home to look after the children which eventually tries to play into the idea that a husband and father couldn’t cope with the job a mother does with children, which does seem insulting. The biggest pot holes come from just not knowing the time between what happened last time and this film, the fact everyone has forgotten about Jack-Jack’s powers and all the random superheroes that are like the basic Suicide Squad side. If we are honest the story is easy to follow, it feels safe and wants to play into the different sides of the modern world.

Action/Adventure/Comedy/FamilyThe action involved in the film is good and gets to hit levels the live action superhero movies can’t do. The adventure takes our heroes on a new adventure against a new villain, simple and effective. The comedy is good with the Jack-Jack scenes being the highlight of the film.

SettingsThe film shows us the two different locations superheroes must operate in. one with normal life and the other where they are in the spotlight for the world to judge their actions.

AnimationPixar are always on top of their game when it comes to animation, nothing looks bad on a visual side of things which is all we ask from them.


Scene of the Movie –
Jack-Jack costume suit.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not remember Jack-Jack has powers after the end of the first film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple and enjoyable Pixar movie, it will get laughs, it has a good story asking if we need superheroes, while being a nice follow on to the previous film.

 

Overall: Pixar sequel that hits well.

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – I – The Incredibles (2004)

Director: Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis

 

Plot: A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.


Tagline – Save The Day

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pixar Perfect

 

Story: The Incredibles starts in a world overrun by superheroes, only for the public to turn on them forcing Mr Incredible and Elastigirl needing to settle down away from the life of fighting crime. 15-years-later the two have three children, Violet who can become invisible, Dash who has incredible speed and Jack Jack who is only a baby.

When Mr Incredible loses his job, he takes a secret job on a remote island where he gets to use his powers again, only to discover Syndrome a kid that idolised Mr Incredible has turned evil and now his whole family is now in danger, but together they use their powers to help the public once again.

 

Thoughts on The Incredibles

 

Characters – Mr Incredible was one of the biggest superheroes in America, he is forced into retirement after being sued and now he lives a simple life, growing frustrated with the lack of adventure he is living on, he sneaks around behind his family’s back to fight a new supervillain. Elastigirl is the wife of Mr Incredible, since the retirement she has gone into full mum mode, putting the children first over any idea of fighting crime anymore. She only uses her abilities to keep the kids in order. Syndrome is the villain, he idolised Mr Incredible and after being shunted by him turns to a life of crime, where he uses he gadgets to defeat former superheroes in his quest to become the biggest hero in the world. Dash is the hyperactive kid that has super speed which is causing him to get in trouble at school. Violet is the teenage daughter that has the invisible ability which shows what she would be like when not fitting in the school. Frozone is the best friend to Mr Incredible that is also tired of the life of hiding.

StoryThe story follows a family of superheroes that must come out of retirement once a new threat starts targeting fellow superheroes. Even after 14-years this movie feels even more relevant because of the number of superhero movies we are witnessing as it does show how the heroes can become abused by people looking for a quick pay day in legal terms and how thy will suffer the lack of satisfaction in normal life after starting a family. The story shows us how a family will be stronger than an individual superhero too.

Action/Adventure/FamilyThe action comes at us thick and fast, playing into all the abilities of the heroes involved to give us a fresh moment throughout the film, the adventure sends our family on an adventure that will let them use their powers for the first time as a unit.

SettingsThe settings for the movie fill the right boxes for any superhero movie, first the island for the villain to prepare and then the big city for the battles to save people, nothing is out of place here.

AnimationThe animation is from Pixar and never looks off, this is why they make the best American animated movies, visually.


Scene of the Movie –
Costume Fitting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The van landing drive sequences is too generic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully enjoyable Pixar film, it has great pacing, brilliant characters and a villain which suits the world perfectly.

 

Overall: Pixar at their very best.

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*batteries not included (1987)

batteriesDirector: Matthew Robbins

Writer: Brad Bird, Matthew Robbins, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson (Screenplay) Mick Garris (Story)

Starring: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Michael Carmine, Dennis Boutsikaris, Tom Aldredge, Jane Hoffman

 

Plot: Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable

 

Story: *batteries not included starts by introducing us to Frank (Cronyn), Faye (Tandy) Harry (Noble), Marisa (Pena) and Mason (Boutsikaris) who all are the remaining residents living in the middle of a building site, constantly being hounded by Carlos (Carmine) trying to force them to move out to the building can be demolished.

The lives of these residents takes a surprise turn when robotic aliens enter the apartment fixing the damaged caused within as the resident try to communicate with them. The Aliens become part guardians of the residents who continue to fight to keep their homes.

*batteries not included is a charming comedy fantasy that we get to see the serious side of the human life where people are forced relocated. I think this point comes through strong with each side be it the residents the rich or the thugs to remove the characters it all comes off great. We also get to see the unknown with the robots appearing in the story. overall this story is easy to follow and truly enjoyable throughout.

 

Actor Review

 

Hume Cronyn: Frank Riley is the café owner and husband to Faye, he does everything he can to look after her and run a business but it is his wish that comes true when the aliens arrive. We see Frank start to have to make the difficult decision about caring for Faye in her condition. Hume is good in this role leading the film.

Jessica Tandy: Faye Riley is the wife of Frank who is suffering with dementia, she spends nearly every moment of her waking day waiting for her son to return and making friends with her condition. Jessica is great in this role where we get to see the most laughs from her character.

Frank McRae: Harry Noble is the former fighter that now is a mute living in the building watching television most of his time. He finds a way to communicate with the aliens that the others can’t. Frank is good in this role where we get to see the stronger character with a heart of gold.

Elizabeth Pena: Marisa Esteval is a pregnant resident of the home who has been getting harassed by the people trying to get her out but she is strong independent woman. Elizabeth is good in this role going through her own struggles in the story.

Support Cast: *batteries not included has a supporting cast that is mostly just Carlos who is trying to chase them out and artist Mason living in the building, we don’t really have a need for a big cast to make this enjoyable.

Director Review: Matthew RobbinsMatthew gives us a truly enjoyable touching and charming fantasy film.

 

Comedy: *batteries not included has good laughs throughout mixing slapstick with jokes well.

Family: *batteries not included is one I do think the family can all enjoy.

Fantasy: *batteries not included throws us into a world where aliens can be friendly and not a threat.

Sci-Fi: *batteries not included uses the alien side of the story for the science fiction side of the story.

Settings: *batteries not included keeps most of the settings inside the building showing us how these unlikely residents could become friends.
Special Effects
: *batteries not included has special effects which still look good today when it comes to the robots.

Suggestion: *batteries not included is one I do think people will enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Robots.

Worst Part: Not one.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears:

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline: Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.

 

Overall: Truly enjoyable fantasy comedy.

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Tomorrowland (2015)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof (Screenplay) Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof, Jeff Jensen (Story)

Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key

Plot: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Ambitious Idea

Story: Tomorrowland starts with Frank (Clooney) trying to prepare us to the world we are going into where we learn of his love of science from the moment he entered the world invention competition at a tender young age where he meets Nix (Laurie) who is impressed with his work along with Athena (Cassidy) but as the invention doesn’t fully work he gets dismissed. Athena likes the idea and gives Frank instructions to a world where the future has already taken over, but the older version still has the warning with an impending clock counting down.

Casey (Robertson) brings a fresh prospective to the story because she is an optimist as we follow her choice to make a platform from being destroyed and saving her father Eddie’s (McGraw) job. When she get caught upon her release she is left with a mysterious pin that upon touching takes her to a mysterious world, Tomorrowland.

Still not sure what is happening Casey looks for answer which Athena tries to bring her as Athena searches for people who can save Tomorrowland from a future threat. Which means getting to the stage where Casey meets Frank and make up for a creation which witnesses the end of the world, but Tomorrowland is nothing like any of them imagined.

Tomorrowland can not be fault for actually trying to think outside the box and being original, in a year where we had a large amount of successful sequels it had been a rare thing to see something like this, this year. I did like the idea of working between the two dimensions and that we are looking into the idea of the world ending. What I didn’t like was the way too long of an introduction to each character and not enough time in the Tomorrowland. I can’t help but love the ideas used this film and think it needs to be watch.

Actor Review

George Clooney: Frank Walker is the man who was exiled from Tomorrowland and lives in isolation, he knows the world is going to end and has just accepted it. When he meets Casey he learns that he could in fact change the future once and for all leading him to go back into Tomorrowland to change the future and save the world. George gives a good performance that really works in a grumpy old man performance.frank

Hugh Laurie: Nix is the leader of Tomorrowland where he rules knowing that the world will end, he is happy for the world to end because him and his people are safe in a new world. Hugh is criminally underutilized in this film we should have seen him in a much more villainous role like the one created than this.nix

Britt Robertson: Casey Newton is the rebellious teenager who gets selected by Athena as the potential savour of the world, she gets attracted by Tomorrowland and ends up having to fight for the world, but ends up asking too many questions through the film. Britt steps out of no where to end up becoming one of the potential break out stars of the year.casey

Raffey Cassidy: Athena is the little girl who recruits the dreamers of the world to come to Tomorrowland but after she is banished she searches for the people who can help save Tomorrowland from its potential destruction. She is a robot and has been trained to defeat all enemies in combat. Raffey really is the star performer in this film nailing all the scenes where the image of her character never seems to fit in the performance.athena

Support Cast: Tomorrowland has the basic supporting cast with the family of Casey that all work to show her almost being held back from her potential along with the robots hunting them down that all look very much out of place.

Director Review: Brad BirdBrad gives us such an ambitious project that does need to get more respect than the box office scores show it having.

Action: Tomorrowland has good action but really is just standard fight scenes throughout.

Adventure: Tomorrowland puts Casey on a brilliant adventure that takes her to a new world puts her life in peril which all works well for an adventure film.

Family: Tomorrowland could be one for all the family to enjoy with something everyone will enjoy.

Mystery: Tomorrowland does leave you wondering what is actually happening with the characters and Tomorrowland.

Sci-Fi: Tomorrowland brings us into a future world where dreamers are encouraged rather than pushed down which all works to show the difference between the two worlds.

Settings: Tomorrowland creates a beautiful world for Tomorrowland while the Earth settings are very generic.world
Special Effects: Tomorrowland has flawless settings with what is going on in the Tomorrowland because it needs to look amazing for the idea in the film.

Suggestion: Tomorrowland is one to try I think most people will enjoy it more than they would think. (Try It)

Best Part: Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy both are great.

Worst Part: Not enough with Nix.

Favourite Quote: Nix Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $208 Million

Budget: $190 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

Tagline: Imagine a place where nothing is impossible.

Overall: Brilliantly ambitious that could be one of the best original ideas this year

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Josh Holloway

 

Plot: The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Game Changer in the Mission Impossible Franchise

 

Story: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol starts in Budapest (Yes another well-known city), this time we watch Hanaway (Holloway) making a grand escape before getting eliminated by assassin Sabine Moreau (Seydoux).we move to follow Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who has been locked up in a Russian prison, he is broken out by Benji (Pegg) and Jane (Patton) who know that Hunt can help retrieve the chip lost when Hanaway was killed.

The three have to break into the Kremlin to stop Colbolt from deleting his files making him impossible to find. The mission get compromised and Hunt has to call for a mission abort but finds himself locked up in a hospital after a mysterious man blows the Kremlin. Ethan being picked up Secretary of IMF (Wilkinson) where we learn that IMF has been disbanded but Ethan has been given one final mission to clear the names of him and his team for the Kremlin bombing and find Hendricks (Nyqvist) the man Ethan believe to be responsible. The extraction gets attacked leaving Ethan with analyst Brandt (Renner) joining up with Jane and Benji as they are the lone members of IMF to clear the names.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol manages to address the over used storylines in the franchise and turn them into failed attempts on mission with the equipment failing and for the first time not even hinting at a mole inside IMF. The pace of this film is what is most impressive because it is non-stop from the moment the opening sequences happens to the final act it all takes place in almost real time without the travelling. This is how a spy film should be done with the team having to work out the solution without having to rely on the computer back home. I would say this is easily the best in the franchise because it manages to break free of the restraints the previous outings seem to have around them. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is the lead in the operation to clear America’s name from bombing the Kremlin, he must assemble a new team to take on the latest impossible mission only this time the stakes a higher. Tom shows that he can still play the action hero and isn’t afraid to take the chances with the stunt work he willing takes part in. (8/10)

 hunt

Paula Patton: Jane was the lead on the original mission and after Hanaway gets killed she takes the latest mission personally making her decision making more difficult. Paula fills the leading lady role nicely without really doing too much extra. (7/10)

jane

Simon Pegg: Benji is now a fully trained field operative (somehow) and is part of the team used to rescue and work with Hunt. He is easily the character that makes you laugh the most through the whole film. Simon pretty much is the scene stealer with all the fun lines that will make you laugh through the action. (8/10)

 benji

Jeremy Renner: Brandt who seems like a normal analyst but shows his worth when it comes to the mission in hand to hand combat. Jeremey shows he did his training for the action roles and plays the man of mystery well. (7/10)

 brandt

Michael Nyqvist: Hendricks is the villain of the piece arranging for the codes to be taken, he is brilliant trained and uses all his skills to stay one step ahead of the game. Michael makes for a good villain showing he was using his brains over the fighting. (7/10)

hendricks

Support Cast: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol has a supporting cast that includes mostly the people Ethan’s team are after and a determined Russian agent trying to capture Ethan unsuccessfully.

 

Director Review: Brad Bird – Brad does a great job making an entertaining action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (8/10)

 

Action: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is filled with action but all very tactical action. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps you interested from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps the settings well-known so we can tell where things are going on without needed to be told. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is one for all the action fans to enjoy with plenty of action and stunts. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Building running.

Worst Part: Sometimes we get too many jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car fighting.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more sequel

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $695 Million

Budget: $145 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

 

Overall: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is easily the best yet in a franchise that just seems to improve.

Rating 85