32. 'The Incredibles'
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People loved "The Incredibles" when it came out in 2004, and the passing
years have only cemented our understanding of the greatness of this Pixar movie,
written and directed by Brad Bird.
The film works on so many levels. It's about a family of super heroes trying
to slouch through average lives in a world that no longer wants their
excellence. It's also a sendup of Bond movies and superhero flicks. And at its
heart, it's a tale about finding your place — both in your family and in the
Amid non-stop action, the comedy is also top notch. Wallace Shawn is
perfection as the nagging insurance company boss. Bird himself very nearly
steals the movie as Edna Mode, the tiny terror of a fashion designer who makes
the family their new super suits.
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But it's the family dynamic established by Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson),
Mrs. Incredible (Holly Hunter), Dash (Spencer Fox) and Violet (Sarah Vowell)
that makes this movie such a delight. If there's a better family scene than the
one where they're in the jungle poised to fight back against Syndrome's goons, I
can't think of one.
The DVD has good bonus materials, too. The short "Jack-Jack Attacks" is
hilarious, and a revealing making-of documentary that will be a pleasure to any
fan of Pixar's storytelling. — Martha Brockenbrough What's
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("The Incredibles"/Pixar/Walt Disney)