Movie Review: The Incredibles
Over-the-Hill Superhero Is ‘Incredible’

“The toughest thing about being a superhero? Trying to live a normal life.”

Bob Paar used to be one of the world’s greatest superheroes (known the world over as “Mr. Incredible”), saving lives and fighting evil. But all that changed once the public decided they were catching too much shrapnel from superheroes’ battles with evildoers and started filing lawsuits! Long story short, 15 years later, Bob punches a time clock as an insurance claims adjuster, and he and his wife (also an ex-superhero) have civilian identities and have retreated to the suburbs to raise kids.

The only trouble is Bob hates civilian life! So when he receives a summons to report to a remote island for a top-secret assignment, he is thrilled to be back in action, despite being 15 years older, overweight and out of shape.

From Pixar animation, the company that produced Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo, comes this comic action-adventure about an over-the-hill superhero who’s getting a new lease on life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Brad Bird, who made the marvelous The Iron Giant, The Incredibles boasts a host of topnotch talent doing the voices for the characters, among them: Craig T. Nelson (The District and Coach) voicing Bob, Holly Hunter as his wife, and Samuel L. Jackson as a fellow superhero.

In doing this project, Nelson discovered a unique delight of animation. “What I love about animation is that you immediately set aside your prejudices,” he says. “And that allows us to be moved and caught up in something despite ourselves.”

The film is rated PG.

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Philip Murphy covers family-oriented films for United Parenting Publications.