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The Incredible Age

Miriam Orr

Have you ever watched a kid enjoying a superhero film? A lot of times they'll know all the theme songs, practice the punches in footie-pajamas while holding onto their apple juice and crackers, or they'll be sitting on the edge of their seat. I know I was certainly that way when I was watching my favorite heroes at a young age.

Disney Pixar's "The Incredibles" was one of those movies that really got your blood pumping when you were a kid. I was around nine years old when this film released in 2004, and we  saw this movie in theatres – to say we had a blast is an understatement.

A family of superheroes forced into hiding, "The Incredibles" follows the Parr family and their struggle to live normal suburban lives, while they all have superpowers. However, they rise to the challenge of saving the world when a villain threatens their city, of course, and they band together as a family to not only save the world, but come together.

Later, after the film released, Xbox gaming released "The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer" videogame, which had children and fans anticipating a new film. However, hopes were crushed when Disney Pixar never capitalized on another film.

Flash-forward to 2018, where it's been 14 years later, and we have "The Incredibles 2."  Kids, like me, grew up watching for the promise of a sequel – now, we're adults, and the fan community blew up when Disney announced the release of this movie a few years ago. Many of my peers took their children to this film when it was released, and it has now smashed the box office with the biggest opening ever for animated film, grossing a staggering $180.2 million on its opening weekend.  Young kids fell in love with the Parr family for the first time, while their parents reminisced and eagerly anticipated the conclusion of an era that began quite a while ago.

This movie is fun. The Parrs' face new challenges as heroes, once again, having to try and cope with a suburban lifestyle that is everything they are not. However, they hit some hot water when they save the city and the world fights back, shouting loudly that "supers" are dangerous, and have no place in society – they try to make the good guys the bad guys, and the ethics of being a superhero become narrow for the family.

I won't give too much else away, but the film is funny, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're familiar with the franchise, you'll be reliving the glory days – this film won't disappoint you. The script is strong, the animation is sparkling, and the discussions that could come from this film are promising.

There aren't enough movies that embrace the idea of family in a modern-world. Now, families are separated far more than they should be, in my opinion. And, a lot of times, parents aren't always there when their kids need them, as the economy demands couples be dual-income to survive – or, parents are pulled so thin that they can't do as much as they would because of the demands of adulthood.

This film does a good job of showing that despite circumstances, families can stay strong and survive, if they work together and stay true to the ones they care about. To me, that's a pretty important message for today's world. To be a "super family" doesn't mean you need to run fast, be super strong, or have invisibility powers – most often, it boils down to putting the devices down, having a good, home-cooked dinner, and talking about the "tough stuff." Or, it might even be watching a movie together, breaking out a board game, or even splurging on a night of fun that brings you together and really flexes your "family muscle."

Don't wait until the world needs you to be super – be super, even in the little things. We live in an incredible time, with incredible challenges, unlike any other the world has ever seen. More than ever, families need to be super – super tight, super close, and super united.

The incredible age has come, guys. And I'm not just talking about the movie.

 


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