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The Incredibles (2004)

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The
INCREDIBLES

Directed by: Brad Bird
Written by: Brad Bird
Voices of: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brad Bird

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AKA
"The Fantasic Family"

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SUMMARY:

Forced into hiding because of a legal lawsuit (sued for damages while saving a life), the superheroes around the world have been put under the witness protection program and given strict orders to never use their powers again. Living in the land of suburbia, Mr. Incredible and his wife Elastigirl raise their family quietly, attempting to forget the old days and keep a check on their children’s powers. When Mr. Incredible finds a chance to get back in the game, however, he finds he can’t hesitate. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that his employer has a sinister plan, and now he will need the help of his super family to fight evil and save the world, yet can they settle their differences in time and fight together?

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POSITIVE ELEMENTS:

  • The Incredible family learns throughout the picture to work together to accomplish their goals, and this is important for any family to remember. A family takes work, but it’s worth it.
  • Mr. Incredible and the other supers listen to their morality, and are always willing to help those in need, denying the self.
  • While Mr. Incredible lies to his wife at first to get back into the super suit, he realizes his mistake later and apologizes, promising to be a better father and husband.

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NEGATIVE ELEMENTS:

  • While there’s nothing objectionable, the action violence may be a little much for the young kids, whose parents may be expecting the common Pixar fare. Definitely geared towards a teen and adult audience in style.

CONSENSUS:

"The Family that works together, stays together." This is the basic message of the Incredibles, and it’s a good one. With moral characters and support for the family spirit, "The Incredibles" is a film that anyone can enjoy. I, for one, agree with its principles, brought to life through a great story. While being young, we feel as if we are obligated to take on the whole world, yet after seeing this movie, even without the action packed thrills of fighting evil superpowers, I can see that there is even more honor in raising a family for God. And that is "the greatest adventure ever".

APPLIED SCRIPTURE:

  • Psalm 133:1
  • I Corinthians 1:10
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Isaiah 41:10

Review also appeared in November '04 issue of the MCS Junior Newsletter