The Incredibles (USA, 2004)
Directed by Brad Bird
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Spencer Fox
When I first reviewed The Incredibles several years ago, PIXAR were flying high in public opinion. They were the studio that could do no wrong, whose films garnered universal acclaim and pushed the envelope of what animation was capable of doing. PIXAR's offerings from Toy Story onwards caused a whole new generation to take children's films seriously, and they probably saved Disney's bacon along the way.
Watchmen looking at the moral implications of vigilantes and Marvel's Civil War series handling the practical implications for our heroes; in the latter, Spiderman publicly reveals his identity and in doing so put his family in great danger.
Return of the Jedi, while the robots that attack the city are clearly inspired by The War of the Worlds.
Ratatouille, Bird's subsequent effort, it feels like a grown-up film in children's clothing, rather than a proper children's film that is aimed at everyone.
Austin Powers-style jokes about monologuing and generic convention. This is fun and clever every once in a while, but it ultimately jars with the family-friendly intentions of the film.
For more thoughts on superheroes going above and beyond the law in contemporary fiction, check out Don Olson's Folding Ideas episode 'The People vs. Clark Kent'. Warning: it may make you hate superhero films.
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