The Incredibles (2004), written and directed by Brad Bird

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

The Incredibles follows the life of an ex-superhero family that has been banned by the government from saving others.  Bob and Helen Parr (formerly Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl) are raising a family in the quiet suburbs of the 1960s, complete with their three children who also possess superpowers.  Bob is restless after working an unhappy job and is taking every possible opportunity to relive his glory days as a superhero.  He is set a top secret message by a woman called Mirage who claims to be representing a government agency in need to superhero assistance.  As the movie progresses, we discover that the whole operation is being run by Syndrome, formerly “Buddy” who’s goal is to defeat all of the remaining superheroes so that no one can be “super” anymore.  Bob escapes with the help of his wife and children, Violet and Dash.  It is up to them to save the world from Syndrome’s scientific creation and keep him from murdering any more superheroes.

I have great memories associated with this film, therefore it has to be high on my list.  My family always watched it together because it was enjoyed by all of us.  I didn’t like superhero movies because the main character was always a boy, so this film gave characters we could all relate to and bond over as a family.

The characters in this film are dynamic and believable which is important to one of the main themes of the film: family.  Though the whole family has superpowers, they still argue and have the same problems every normal family has.  As Helen discovers her children are on the plane with her, he first concern is a sitter for their toddler son who is still at home.  The Incredible fight over the dinner table and struggle with their identities as most families do.  This method of writing is extremely effective, because it allows this superhero family to not seem as unrelatable as some of these all powerful, brooding superheroes our culture has come to love.  Brad Bird has a standout performance as supporting character Edna Mode.  Her character brings so much fun and comedy to the piece and is definitely one of my favorite characters in Pixar’s universe.

I don’t have a lot of negative things to say about this movie.  If anything I would have liked to see more of the family dynamic than what was featured but hopefully we’ll get some of that in The Incredibles 2.

Current Rankings:

1. The Incredibles

2. Ratatouille