Incredibles 2: Brad Bird’s follow-up to his own classic adventure retains most of the characteristics that gave the original its status. The story feels like an organic, direct continuation to The Incredibles, and carries a nice thematic symmetry to it; it’s a fun, heartfelt story, with low-key humour and well-defined characters. The characters are fun, old and new, well-defined and with nice interplay. They are also well-defended by the cast, that once more go with toned down performances: Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson repeat their efficient emoting; Kimberly Adair Clark has, again, a short and memorable pair of lines; Samuel L. Jackson is very entertaining, as usual; Catherine Keener and Bob Odenkirk are very fine additions. The animation is flawless: the design is clean, colorful without being excessively loud; the characters are all distinctive. The action sequences are varied, energetic, imaginative, entertaining. The nostalgia factor is cranked up further by the wonderful jazzy musical score by Michael Giacchino.
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