Last night, we went out to a movie for the first time in a long time. I had been dying to see the The Incredibles and was amenable to that choice so off we went.
Of late, I've taken to writing one-line reviews of movies we see. Generally, I believe that people are not interested in reading long-winded reviews of movies. Most people have a reasonably strong opinion about what kinds of movies they like to see. To overcome that opinion is not easy and, in some cases, no amount of positive word-of-mouth or critical reviews is going to convince someone to see a particular flick. That's fair. I'm not terribly crazy about seeing any movie that has Sissy Spacek in it and no amount of positive word-of-mouth or cajoling on Sarah's part is likely to change my mind.
Having said that, I strongly encourage anyone who can get over the fact that the Incredibles is animated to see the movie.
Beyond the funny "life as a superhero" sight gags and jokes, the movie contains some real thought about personal and social issues. It would not be reading too much into the movie to see clear signs of an exploration of the separation of work and family life. Nor would I feel out-of-bounds writing that the movie displays how it can be difficult to balance personal desires with the needs of close family members.
In addition, there are some very clear and deep homages made to preceding films. Even casual moviegoers should see reverence displayed for the forest speeder chase through the Ewok forest in Return of the Jedi as well as the sand speeder race in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. "The Incredibles" just drips with obvious James Bond references, including one scene where the soundtrack is nearly a note-for-note copy of the signature James Bond theme.
I could go on and one about the movie, but inevitably I would likely write a spoiler or two and that would ruin the movie for those who have not yet seen it.
If you have seen "The Incredibles" already, you know that you want to see it again. If you have not been so blessed as to sit in a darkened theater with this film showing on the big screen in front of you, I cannot encourage you enough to hie to the nearest theater and avail yourself of two hours of film majesty.