November 24th, 2004


So I saw The Incredibles last night. Again. It was the third time, actually. There are very few movies I’ve seen in the theater more than once, and even fewer that I’ve seen three times. I saw this one five days before it was released, then twice since it’s been out.

It’s one of those movies I feel dumb saying anything about because it’s so good you should just go see it. It instantly became my favorite Pixar movie (no easy feat with movies such as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo under their belts).

If you don’t like superheroes in general, there’s a chance you won’t like this movie, but there’s still actually a chance you will. It’s got a heart that’s bigger than the superhero aspect of it, and the superheroes in it are actually more humanly portrayed than most superheroes are portrayed in movies.

There are laughs a-plenty in the movie, but that’s not my overall feel of the movie. The characters feel real and react realistically. There’s a desparation in some of the fights that you always wondered if Batman or Spider-Man felt. The dynamic of having a super-mother being fearful and protective of her super-kids in a fight is both inspiring and heart-wrenching at the same time. In fact, the scene in the plane where she is frantically trying to protect her kids has gotten me teary all three times I’ve seen the movie. There are at least two other points in the movie that cause me to tear up, but that’s enough ammo for you.

If you’ve been looking for a good movie to see, this is the one. Go see it. In today’s arbitrarily-chosen rating system I’d give it a 95%.

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