Incredibles 2 Review: 6 Ups & 3 Downs

2. It's Surprisingly Low On Superhero Satire

Incredibles 2
Pixar

Given that The Incredibles was released back in 2004, before both Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy reinvented the superhero genre forever and the Marvel Cinematic Universe was even a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye, it was pretty reasonable to expect Incredibles 2 to address how the whole landscape has changed.

It's pretty surprising, therefore, that virtually no effort is made to send-up the genre's moldy tropes or explore how superhero cinema has evolved over the last 15 years.

Sure, Incredibles 2 kicks off where the previous film ended, but that shouldn't have prevented Brad Bird from ribbing the last decade-and-a-half of superhero fare.

Instead, this film mostly feels like it was created in a time capsule: the plot is clearly somewhat influenced by contemporary comic book films, but the satire many expected is mostly absent. Bird pulls off a fairly straight-faced treatment extremely well, but not even trying to send-up the genre just feels like a hugely wasted opportunity.

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