November 11, 2004

"The Incredibles" - A Quick Llama-ette Review

Please indulge me in allowing my six year old to give her unvarnished opinion of this movie (warning - some spoiler):

I liked the movie because it was kind of silly. The bad guy snatched the baby, But the baby turned into a red monster! The mom can stretch out as far as an island. The boy could run sooo fast! He can run faster than you can change channels on a teevee. The girl can disappear and can protect herself and her brother. The father could lift the car and a boy saw it.

I liked it when the bad guy was dead.

Seriously, this is an amazing movie. Visually, it is superb, making "Toy Story 2" or even "Finding Nemo" look like "Rocky and Bullwinkle." The scene where the bad guy's henchmen are chasing Dash is particularly astounding, nicely riffing on both "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" and all the James Bond you've ever seen.

Much of the plot went rocketing right over my daughter's head, but the core lessons about family strength seem to have sunk in. I've read various reviews that talk about the conservative nature of this flick and all of them are true.

I was initially leery of taking the girl to see this movie, owing to reports of intense action. Well, the reports are true, but the action is nothing a kid who's used to Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner can't handle.

I'll come back to the characters later. Holly Hunter is being very rightly praised for her strong performance. The others are top-notch as well.

I know I'm not being very coherent and I'd like to say more about the flick, but I'll have to chew on it for a while. Suffice to say, this is one of those rare movies where, as I came out, I said to myself "We have got to get the DVD."

UPDATE: I meant to mention that we also saw the trailer for the new "Star Wars" movie. I ain't buyin' it. Sure, a few clips look promising, but we've all been burned too many times before. I refuse to let myself get even a little excited.

Posted by Robert at November 11, 2004 03:59 PM | TrackBack

I loved this movie. It's a Saturday morning cartoon on steroids, but with a real story! It was a bit intense for my 5-year-old, but she loved it and doesn't stop talking about it.

Pixar is a class act. They don't stoop to the lowest-common-denominator garbage that seems to be Dreamworks' stock in trade (Shrek1&2, Shark Tale). Seriously, I won't be taking either of my kids to a Dreamworks pic unless I see it first. I have no such compunctions about Pixar flicks.

It shocked me the other day to hear a friend say she was disgusted with Disney for putting so many sexual double-entendres and other tasteless material in Shark Tale. She almost didn't believe me when I told her it wasn't Disney. Apparently some equate "animation" with "Disney". Of course, Disney is incapable of producing a decent movie as well, but I'm sure a lot of people think Disney made Toy Story, et al, and it saddens me to think that Pixar's good name will be tarnished by association.

Pixar is the best!

Posted by: John at November 11, 2004 07:35 PM

Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with you on everything down to the Star Wars trailer.

Posted by: Gordon at November 11, 2004 07:55 PM

Hey can we get more daughter contributions? It's far more coherent and exciting than the regular stuff. One question though ...

I liked it when the bad guy was dead.

Was she blogging about the movie or Arafat?

Posted by: Bill from INDC at November 11, 2004 08:01 PM

Dudes, I'm so not going to mention the fact that your sidebar has been on the floor for months, but have you ever heard of archives? How many months are on your front page anyway?

This constructive & totally free criticism has been brought to you by Beautiful Atrocities

PS Bill & Stacy are going to be leg-wrestling on pay-per-view

Posted by: jeff at November 11, 2004 09:34 PM

Bring the Doritos, we'll watch it at my place!

Posted by: Gordon at November 12, 2004 08:06 AM
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