Sunday, November 07, 2004
You know that scene where Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) comes home from work and there's that neighbor's kid watching him from the sidewalk who he asks, "What are you waiting for?" The kid then goes, "'I don't know, something amazing, I guess." That's what we got from The Incredibles! As expcted the guys of Pixar came up with a movie that's yet again, well, amazing, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, bang-up, breathtaking, confounding, cool, extraordinary, fantasmo, fantastic, far-out, first class, great, in spades, indefinable, indescribable, legendary, marvelous, mind-blowing, out-of-this-world, outrageous, peachy, phenomenal, primo, prodigious, rad, remarkable, singular, spectacular, staggering, strange, striking, stunning, stupendous, super, superb, surprising, terrific, top drawer, tops, unbelievable, unimaginable, wonderful, and wondrous beyond words!!! Their best work I've seen so far (and I thought Finding Nemo couldn't be topped).
The first half is very 60s. Very mod. Houses are one story affairs, white-collar jobs are done inside non-descript offices with short sleeves and ties, horned rimmed glasses, jazz-orchestra music reminiscent of the Pink Panther and vintage cars are the order of the day. Colors are toned down and there's a James Bond feel almost all throughout the story with the exception of the family scenes. Hidden fortress in an island, lava curtain, access through a waterfall, sneaking through the enemy base's corridors, etc. Writer/Director Brad Bird is the bomb! Considering that he originally pitched the idea as a 2D animation picture just like his last big hit which would probably not be as big a hit if it didn't go through the Pixar people's able hands. All the characters are a great treat to watch but my real favorites are Edna Mode (who I honestly thought was based on fashion journalist, Elsa Klensch), Dash, and Violet. Their characters come off as very interesting, and the latter two's teamwork is something to look forward to. Another thing too, I thought Syndrome was based on Mark Hamill's villainy character in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back (hair, mask, and all). Right now, I'm thinking of doing individual fan art for each of the characters and hopefully I'd be able to get to it as soon as possible. Plus the all the movie related toys and action figures that I must simply get my hands on! Man! To echo the neighbor's kid's sentiments after witnessing the big bang that defeated the enemy, "THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED!" Indeed it is and I'm gonna watch this again and again till they take it off the big screen.
* Check out also the review in Hollywood Jesus for more insightful reactions to this great movie.