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The Incredibles (U)
Directed by: Brad Bird
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Mr Incredible bursts into action
Mr Incredible bursts into action

I first saw a trailer for The Incredibles a year ago when I was reviewing Finding Nemo, and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since. Now it's finally here, it's safe to say it's everything I hoped it would be.

The story of this computer-animated film begins by introducing the idea that there are several superheroes around, who use their special powers on a daily basis to make the world a safer place. However, things quickly go sour when they are put out of business by civic lawsuits and have to go into a Superhero Protection Program and assume normal lives.

Mr Incredible is one such superhero, who escapes to suburbia with his wife, Elastigirl, and together they start a family. As the years pass, Mr Incredible gets fat, out of shape, disillusioned and frustrated because he can’t use his powers for good anymore. That is until, fifteen years after entering the program, he is lured back into action by a mysterious stranger and before long the whole family is called upon to save the world again!

When it comes to animated features, Pixar (the company responsible for Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo) have led the way for ten years now, and they show no sign of stopping. The quality of animation in this film is superb, as it was in Finding Nemo, and the computer generated water, fire and hair in the film is impressive in particular.

Even more impressive is the non-stop action, which is fun, exciting and ceaseless from the very outset. The mood of the film is wonderful too, with a real Sixties flavour to everything and a James Bond style score and evil villain, complete with an island volcano lair. In fact, the James Bond music itself was used in the trailers for the film.

It was slightly disappointing that the wonderful voice talent of Samuel L. Jackson, who plays retired superhero Frozone, was not more heavily used, but like any complaint about this film, it’s not going to dent The Incredibles’ reputation as a wonderful family film. This film is quite simply so much fun that I would happily watch it again right now and it’s not often I can say that.

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Length: 121 minutes
Certificate: U
Official Site: http://www.theincredibles.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317705/
Release Date: 26th November 2004

Top Five Rating: 90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0%90.0% (90.0%)
User Rating: 85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0%85.0% (85.0%)

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