Most superhero movies are live action and primarily geared towards adults, but this year marks the release of a long-awaited animated superhero movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. No, I’m not talking about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 14 years after The Incredibles impressed audiences, Incredibles 2 is finally dropping in theaters. Ahead of the sequel’s release, the Honest Trailers folks decided to rev-visit its predecessor, and while they determined that the more still holds up after all this time, it has quite a bit of darker elements, particularly where the main characters are concerned.
Those of you who’ve watched The Incredibles are well aware that the Parr/Incredible family has their issues, from Bob sneaking around Helen’s back to resume his superhero duties to his son Dash getting off on hurting people (yes, sticking a tack on your teacher’s chair counts). But this latest Honest Trailer amusingly puts their issues through a much darker lens, such as framing Bob’s frustration with his menial desk job as “soul crushing.” But it’s ok, because in the end, Bob, Helen, Violet and Dash come together as a family again, and all they had to do was put on costumes and fight some robots. That’s not an option for most families, but for these characters, it works out.
But it isn’t just the Parr family’s issues that paint The Incredibles in a dark light. Like many of the Pixar movies, The Incredibles is rated PG, which means that it’s suitable for nearly everyone. Yet in this movie, we have a high body count (Mr. Incredible discovering nearly all of his superhero allies have been killed), attempted suicide, a hero threatening to kill an innocent person and minions being eliminated with ease. The Incredibles handles this competently and without traumatizing children, but upon watching this movie as an older viewer, it’s clearer just how much adult content was crammed in. All this being said, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: this is the best Fantastic Four movie never made. Alas, Marvel’s First Family still hasn’t been done justice on the big screen, so until they can be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least the Incredibles fill that gap nicely.
Directed by Brad Bird, Incredibles 2 hits theaters this Friday, June 15, but you can read CinemaBlend’s review of the sequel now. And for those of you looking for more Incredibles tales to enjoy, a graphic novel and comic book miniseries are also on the way. Don’t forget to also look through our 2018 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out later this year.