The Incredibles 2 Review
The story was a bit slow in the first half. By the second half, it really picked up and went all out. Jack-Jack has some of the funniest scenes.
Animation is amazing of course, especially in 3D.
It was a fun film but not as good as the first one. You’ll guess the twist and ending really early in the film. Plus the trope of leaving dad at home alone to bumble his way through with the kids is a tired one.
Lucious (Frozone) gets a bigger role and they introduce a lot of other Supers. Since they are all forced into hiding though, it does have an X-Men feel about it.
The voice talent all returns – Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson. Plus Winston the wealthy man is voiced by Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).
It’s a fun way to kill two hours although not the most memorable. Most of the fresh reviews on Rotten Tomatoes echo that thought. Recommended.
At long last Entertainment Weekly has given us our first look at the deep sea pirate and mercenary David Kane, a.k.a. Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II)
The movie is getting a lot of buzz and great response from early viewers, so I’m really stoked. Aquaman is my favorite super hero and it’s good to know they are doing it right.
This article on JoBlo amused me - Top 10 Types of Movie Fans That Need To Chill The F*ck Out (Sorry, their words, not mine.)
Movie fans can be some of the most accepting and interesting people you will ever meet. A true movie fan can talk intelligently for hours about any type of movie. But, there is a darker side to fandom. There are fans out there who are so full of vitriol and hate that they ruin it for everyone else.
The groups included DC Fans Who Hate Marvel and Marvel Fans Who Hate DC, Franchise Haters (Who Have Never Seen The Films They Hate), and Extreme Conservatives AND Liberals. (Nice to see some fair play on that last one.)
Good! Not cool to leave this series unfinished. It deserves the same royal treatment as Lord of the Rings.
Movie Remakes in the Works
Yes, more movie remakes! Your favorite film from the past is about to become history. Here are some you might not know were coming soon.
Big Trouble in Little China – starring Dwayne Johnson, no release date set.
The Blob – Coming January 2019 and directed by Simon West (Con Air, Expendables II), it will star Samuel L. Jackson and Halle Berry.
Dune – Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049), this will likely become two films instead of one.
Hellboy – Releasing January 2019 with Neil Marshall (The Descent) directing. David Harbour (Stranger Things) is Hellboy and he’s joined by Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich.
The Lion King – Release date July 2019 and directed by Jon Favreau. This live action piece will star Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa.
Teaser trailer here.
Pet Cemetery – Releasing April 2019, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer. It will star Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, and John Lithgow.
Shaft – Written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow, the release date is June 2019. Directed by Tim Story (The Fantastic Four), it stars Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft.
Movie Remakes That Work
Most remakes result in a crappy, cash-grab film. They are easy money since the script is already written and already needs minor adjustments. Or maybe a studio just wants a reboot. (Spiderman, anyone?) Or they just want to swap things around. The results are mediocre at best.
Sometimes though, we get a gem. A film equal to or even better than the original. I’m going to list a few I think of as good or even better than the original.
The Fly – The original featured Vincent Price and came out in 1958. As with most films of that time, it became dated quickly. The remake starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis was brilliantly directed by David Cronenberg. Not only are the special effects better, but the film takes on a far deeper meaning.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Original came out in 1956 and had a lot of political overtones. The first remake in 1978 starred Donald Sutherland and really drove home the fear of an invasion we couldn’t fight. It also featured a bleaker ending. (Another version, Body Snatchers, came out in 1994. While not memorable, it reimagined the setting and placed it on a military base.)
The Thing – The original came out in 1951 and deviated from the source material, a book by John W. Campbell, Who Goes There? The remake in 1982 by John Carpenter followed the story closer and is a masterpiece of horror and suspense. Not to mention the amazing creature effects, done before the days of CGI..
Movie Trivia Answers
Movies featuring artificial intelligence answers:
1 – 1982, Jeff Bridges – Tron
2 – 2014, Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
3 – 1982, Harrison Ford – Blade Runner
4 – 2002, Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil
5 – 1927, Brigitte Helm – Metropolis
6 – 1986, Ally Sheedy – Short Circuit
7 – 2016, Felicity Jones – Rogue One
8 – 1983, Matthew Broderick – War Games
9 – 1996, Patrick Stewart – Star Trek: First Contact
10 – 1986, Sigourney Weaver – Aliens
When looking for something in the pantry, we discovered a kit for making Christmas Ninjabread Cookies that we’d forgotten. So we went ahead and made them. Merry Christmas in June!
Here they come to snuff the rooster... (Name that tune!)
Did you catch The Incredibles 2? Ready for Aquaman, Godzilla, and Narnia? Any of those remakes make you cringe or are there some in need of a remake? What remakes can you think of that were equal to or better than the original? Want a Ninjabread cookie? And how many trivia answers did you get right?
Haha, love those ninjabread cookies! So fun...
Nijab Bread sounds great Alex.....thinking of Christmas already?
Extremist haters on either side do a disservice to cause and country. When I encounter hate, I love it to death. That is my MO. I read over the weekend that Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown broke her knee cap. I saw the original film The Fly in a theater in 1959, the year after its release. I also saw the Jeff G remake along with both Invasion of the Body Snatchers films and both versions of The Thing. Both "Things" scared the pants off me!
haha there you go. Ninja cookies for the win.
Some remakes do hit the nail on the head, but yeah, they are few and far between. Almost all of the Disney live action remakes are the exact same movie. Don't get the attraction. Lion King doesn't even have any people in it. It will be the cartoon in cgi, woweeee. Need it why? Cash grab!
Sure some fans that go over the edge and ruin it for others.
This post is chock-full of info!
Hoped The Incredibles would be as good as the first, but sounds like it's not too bad.
I liked the 1978 version of Body Snatchers better than the 1956 one, too. Haven't seen the recent one, but it's interesting that it was on a base.
Yvonne, it's only six months away!
Shady, that's a good MO.
Pat, it's live action, but the animals are still all CGI. I don't get it either.
Elizabeth, it's still a fun movie. The third Body Snatchers was decent just not memorable. And rated R I believe.
yum - I'll take a ninjabread cookie. I plan to see Incredibles 2 - Pixar eye candy. I can see Samuel L. in Shaft - I bet there are a few curse words used.
IT was a good remake last year. Go see Ocean's 8 - fun and saw some good previews too. As far as fandom, I generally go to see a movie to think and be entertained - I'm not over detailed and crazy. I just "go with it" and don't overthink it. Gotta have fun! Have a great week
I'm so excited about The Silver Chair. I hope it does well as The Horse and His Boy is my favorite Narnia book and it would be next.
My husband and I might go see Incredibles 2 this Friday while my son is with friends.
I'd love a Ninjabread cookie!
The only remake from that list that I would consider seeing is Pet Cemetery. I'm not exactly sure why, but something about that one intrigues me.
Love the cookies!
Looks like yummy cookies! My daughter and her boyfriend saw The Incredibles too. Really liked it.
*LOL* Those ninja cookies are so much fun! We actually did get out and see The Incredibles 2. It was good, but it didn't wow me. I liked when the raccoon and baby fought. That was the best part. Though my son did get a bad headache from all that flashing from the Screenslaver. It seems many parents are angry there was no seizure warning about the film. (Disney has put one out now, though.) A few of those remakes might be really good. Have a great week! :)
Joanne, if the remake of shaft didn't drop a few cuss words, I'd be stunned.
Madeline, it has to be better than the first film.
Christine, the raccoon fight was funny. I didn't even think about all the flashing causing seizures.
It is about time they got back to Narina. Aquaman looks interesting.
Christmas in June is fun.
I'm not crazy about monster movies.
Chronicles of Narnia , Aladdin, The Lion King are great.
The old westerns are good too. Cowboys and horses. Yes.
oh my I so agree about Narnia! I loved that movie... I'm off to Dixon, IL to visit my son. Just wanted to say HI & have a great day my friend! hugs hahahaha Ninja Gingerbread cookies??? In June??? bwahahaha You Sir, are one of a kind! hugs
I still haven’t seen the first The Incredibles. I know...I’m really slow.
I love the Ninja Gingerbread!
Ninja cookies! How fun! I'm looking forward to Aquaman and Godzilla. A remake of The Lion King doesn't make me cringe but it does make me scratch my head.
Incredibles 2 was the most fun I've had minute-to-minute in a superhero movie this year. Every part of it is amusing at worst, but its best parts don't hit the heights of Black Panther. I was surprised they set it so close to the original rather than having the story reflect our long wait for the sequel.
Why oh why is Dwayne Johnson forcing the Big Trouble in Little China remake? I can only assume because he thinks he'll be better than Kurt Russell was in that role. Maybe. I dunno. I love Dwayne Johnson but I feel like this one is going to fall flat. But I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
Lana and I may see the incredibles 2 a the theater, we don't do that often
Dolly, thanks and have a safe trip!
Holly, there's really no point to that one - it will still be animated.
John, I guess they didn't want Jack-Jack to grow up.
Michael, that film succeeded due to its star and the time of its release. You can't do that kind of cheese now.
Hi Alex - we used to have Christmas in South Africa at this time of year - those cookies would have been great as prezzies. I'll try and see Oceans 11 ... but not the rest. Gosh - the Fly short story was found in a Playboy magazine?! Well ... that's set my hot day - cheers Hilary
I'm really looking forward to Aquaman! Love the ninja cookies!
The Ninja cookies look cool and unsure where you found those cookie cutters:) I hope they tasted good as they look. I didn't do so well in the trivia...oh well, maybe next time. I heard the Incredibles 2 was good but not great which is usually typical for sequels. I am thinking Hollywood are showing signs of dementia and just remake movies now. I would love to see a remake of Blacula:) I have to admit I want to see Mothra, Rodan and the 2 Chinese gals who sing. i love Aquaman so i am looking forward to this movie. Oceans 11 with George Clooney et al, was much better than the original. I love the original Body Snatchers and hated the remake...too bleak for me but the 70's was all about those open ended and bleak endings. The Fly..poor David Hedison being caught in that web...still freaks me out...I still have to see the remake.
Nice to see Incredibles 2 doing so well at the box office. Jack-Jack and that raccoon stole the show as far as I am concerned. I was in stitches throughout that scene.
I wonder if it'll take another fourteen years for there to be another sequel? Also I think that list of groups that ruin fandoms should include gatekeeping nerds...
Love the ninjabread cookies. And am sooooo not ready for Christmas.
This cracked me up --> "Franchise Haters (Who Have Never Seen The Films They Hate)" Some people love to hate things they know nothing about or offer advice about something they know nothing about.
I have my doubts on whether anyone can pull of Dune. I didn't care for the previous efforts.
Love the ninjabread cookies - very cute!
Hilary, it was???
Birgit, who doesn't want to see Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla? And my wife found the cookie kit in a local store.
JE, what area gatekeeping nerds?
Ellen, people do that all the time...
I know the cookie monster cracks up watching movie remakes Alex, I haven't seen the original version of Invasion of the body snatchers so I'll have to invite the cookie monster round for a laugh.
Incredibles 2 sounds like a good way to pass the time and relax. :)
The ninja cookies are the cutest thing. Were they yummy? I don't know why they have to remake The Fly? That movie freaked me out a bit. I haven't seen Incredibles 1 or 2. I am, however, looking forward to Aquaman.
"The Blob" is one of my all time favorite horror films. I can't imagine a remake.
And did you misspell "Pet Semetery" or did the filmmakers? I doubt I see that movie. Besides the fact Hubby won't watch horror flicks (and I don't like to watch them alone), that book is the only Stephen King book that really scared me.
I am excited about Narnia, curious and interested in Lion King, and staying clear of Pet Cemetery (the book gave me nightmares). I agree with you about most remakes. Most notably - I love the ninja cookies, although poor chicken :)
I want to see Incredibles 2, but I haven't been yet. I'll probably wait until it hits TV.
Too many remakes. I only like remakes of old stories, like fairy tales reimagined for modern day. Too many of these remakes scream meh to me. All but A Star is Born. That's been made every 30 years or so, and we're overdue. Can't wait for that one.
They're remaking the Blob!!!! Will have to see that! :)
Love the cookies!
I've heard good things about Incredibles 2. Enjoyed the first, hoping #2 will live up to expectations.
And another stab at Dune? As far as I know, that book has been a challenge to turn into a movie almost (but not quite) as much as LOTR. Let's hope they can make a good job of it this time.
a fun film but not as
good as the first one
The review on Incredible 2 above is a classic outcome. Most remakes may not have the element of surprise anymore that one would wonder in anticipation.Perhaps that's the reason.There are remakes that work but not many would fit the bill. Still there is a long line in the works perhaps to feed the hunger of nostalgic references which most people indulge in. Worth a look-see again when these are released
Seeing Incredibles 2 tomorrow. It wouldn't be my first choice, but my friend wants to see it.
I haven't watched the original, but I suspect "A Perfect Murder" is a decent remake of "Dial M for Murder," because it's such a great film. Plus, a lot of people who saw the former weren't alive when the latter was made, including me.
I'm one of the few who prefers the original "IT."
I'm elated that the Chronicles of Narnia are being continued as they deserve the LOTR treatment. The books will always be a key part of my childhood and beyond.
I hope that the Dune remake catches more of the essence of Frank Herbert's masterful book - David Lynch's film was weird with some memorable and some cringe-worthy moments, but the TV movies were a better attempt. Maybe...maybe...we can hope. [Before Jackson, LOTR was deemed impossible to film.]
Your gingerbread cookies are fun and look delicious, Alex. The original "Blob" was the first movie I desperately wanted to see. I was a young girl living in rural Nova Scotia, so it didn't happen. I finally saw it i the mid-1970s and loved it. The remake just wasn't the same. Maybe this will one will be better. I watched "Blade Runner 2049" this weekend ~ so good!
I'm not generally a fan of remakes (except for cookies!) I'd rather the film makers produced something new – it's not as though there's a shortage of stories worth telling.
Spacer Guy, yes you will.
Truedessa, cookies were good!
Stacy, that's how they spelled it.
Rhonda, the chicken had it coming...
Ian, third time's a charm?
Hank, maybe it is the nostalgia.
JH, the television one?
Roland, now anything is possible.
Fundy, now that's a worthy sequel.
Patsy, with so many books coming out, you'd think they'd find new stories.
I'm not a big fan of remakes most of the time especially if the first was really great. It's like tearing down civil war statues to erase past achievements and events in order to present a cleansed version for modern minds. Not thrilled about any of these remakes.
Tossing It Out
Cookies are my weakness. Anything but chocolate. Yum!
My family and I saw Incredibles 2 last night. We all thought that Jack Jack was the best part of it. What a funny baby! I don't know if it was just me, but the voice of Elastic Girl seemed too old for the animated figure. I believe the actor is around 60 years old, and the voice sounded that old. Since I'm an auditory person, it bothered me a little. Yeah, it was easy to guess how it would end, but I kind of thought both siblings were evil. I was surprised that one was okay.
The Incredibles 2 will be nice because the original was the movie we went to see the day I met my stepkids. I've only heard of Aquaman from the Big Bang Theory, so will be good to learn more!
That's a lot of remakes - we don't need the live Disney remakes. Didn't Hellboy just come out? Even the first Shaft with Samuel L doesn't seem long ago to me. I must be getting old!
I was wondering the other day what happened the the Narnia movies. I just figured they quietly dropped it because it didn't make enough money. That made me sad because I enjoyed them.
They remade The Lion King? That's more desperate than desperate.
Love those Ninja cookies, and it's a good thing I can't actually reach them now.
Have a great week, Alex.
Hoping to catch Incredibles this weekend, but everything has been super busy lately, so who knows.
Those cookies are adorable. Wish I knew what kind of movie fan I am. That Lion King movie sounds interesting.
I hope to see Incredibles 2 with the grandkids. May need to wait until DVD cuz none of them can sit still in a theater. I'm never sure if a character (or movie) is DC or Marvel. I just like superhero's. Well, I'm getting sick of the "good guys can't break the law to catch bad guys." And the angst. I hope Wonder Woman never sinks to angsty depths.
Rooster; one of my fav Alice in Chains songs! Ok, now I gotta pull it up on uTube . . .
You cited a few good remakes, Alex, and for personal favorites I enjoyed the remake of Sabrina more than the original (which is heresy for a lotta movie critics). But overall I'm tired of remakes. There's so many good original stories out there, why are they being made into flicks?
Dolorah beat me to naming Alice in Chains!
Love the 1982 version of The Thing. I hadn't realised there was an older version.
I think it's sort of a shame that The Chronicles of Narnia is being done in such haphazard fashion. Harry Potter had different directors, but at least they were done within a few years of each other, and the cast stayed the same.
I didn't realize there was such extreme fandom. Can't we all just get along? ;)
Lee, and that is certainly wrong.
Sherry, I thought they were both in on it as well. At least Craig T. Nelson didn't sound old.
Patricia, that is what happened - the second one veered off course and the third made good money but not enough. Glad they are continuing the series.
Donna, you got the song! Good for you.
Denez, I knew you'd get it. And yes, the lag has hurt the Narnia series.
Love the ninja cookies! Do you eat them or are they for cookie battles? I'm not a huge remake fan, but whether or not we see them depends on the kids. As long as I have a big bucket of greasy popcorn, I'm game :)
I'm definitely seeing Dune or two Dunes, if that's the case. Loved that series. And love those ninja cookies. Quite entertaining.
My friend is one of those close-minded movie people. I once said "Marvel" in her house and she yelled at me saying that's not something you say when around her. I looked at her confused and asked "Why?" She said it's because she's a DC girl. That only furthered my confusion. "But... you LOVE Deadpool." Her response was, "Well that's because he's owned by FOX." *facepalm*
I'm excited for the Silver Chair and Aquaman. I'm also looking forward to the remake of Aladdin, although I love the original animated movie. I like how Beauty and the Beast turned out (one of my other Disney favorites) and Cinderella (because I like many versions of the Cinderella story), so I'm sure Disney will do a great job with Aladdin, even if I can't imagine anyone but Robin Williams as the Genie.
Love the Ninja cookies! We make them too in my house. Incredibles 2 was great! I saw it opening day with my kids. Jack Jack made me laugh so hard...especially when mr incredible ended up home with him. It seemed like a life like scenario. I am excited for Narnia but none of the remakes. Maybe Big Trouble in little China but only because of Mr. Johnson :)
My son took the Grands to Incredibles. The boy was glued to the screen, the little girl ansy. Since they're 4, he gets kudos for taking them by himself:)
Nice gingerbread ninjas;) Thanks for the helpful review on Incredibles II as well:)
Sorry I have been absent lately. Delighted to hear the Narnia movies are to continue. Loved (and have) the first ones. Surprised The Incredibles isn't as good as it looks in the ads. Enjoyed the first one.
Tonja, they were gone in three days.
Loni, I am a DC guy, but I dig all the super hero films.
Tyrean, someone else as Genie will be tough.
Sandra, it's probably not really for little kids.
Jo, it was good, just not great.
I will want to see several of those film remakes, Alex. Like a Critter league of monsters, they may ignite a retro monster wave of films. After all, zombies must be due for a rest. . . Thanks for dropping by to read the WEP entry!
Also, to comment on the last post you had re AI - I believe there is the possibility for self aware robots. Was talking with friends this morning about how marketing now gleans so much from what we do on the internet. Smart homes, smartphones, why not a smart robot with attitude?
Rises hand for a Ninjabread cookie.:)
Hi Alex! Those Ninjabread cookies make me hungry. So cute.
Sometimes it feels like every movie is going to be remade before long.
Those Ninjabread cookies are great!
Alice in Chains!!! I got it!! :)
I love finding surprise stuff in the cabinets...especially when it isn't expired. Bonus!
I checked out the JoBlo post. Very funny and so very true. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to people about some things.
So many remakes, wow!
Looking forward to Godzilla though!
Great review, I'll wait till it comes to television. :)
I love the Ninjabread cookies! Purrfect:)
I'm definitely ready for Aquaman. Not sure about some of those reboots, but others intrigue me. Good idea on the ninja cookies!
DG, that's all we need - robots with attitude!
Kim, have one!
Elsie, awesome! You rock.
Thanks for the reviews Alex! I have to admit, I don't think none of those movies should be remade! I like the originals! Christmas Ninjabread Cookies??? LOL! That is hilarious and cute!
(I will enter you in the giveaway! Thanks for asking!)
I can see that originality is still lacking in Hollywood.
One remake that worked for me and in fact, made me search out the original Norwegian version was the American version of "Let The Right One In". It has to be one of the very few modern horror films that I will actually watch. Book is even nastier (and it's very, very good).
There are a few versions out, so if you're going to watch the remake, make sure that you get the actual one (filmed in Minnesota, I believe) and not the badly overdubbed in English version.
I'm duly impressed. Ninja dude actually made some ninja cookies! I hope they tasted as good as they looked.
It's amazing to me how many movies that scared the living daylights out of me as a kid are making a comeback. No matter how poorly done the new versions are, the special effects will be a million times better than the originals. Those old movies were a bit on the cheesy side...
I'm generally not a fan of remakes, although I may have to make an exception for Godzilla.
I'm really looking forward to Godzilla. I love Godzilla!
...want some of those cookies pleez *grin* I'm looking forward to The Incredibles2. Wasn't Shaft already remade, making this the 3rd remake?
GB, I saw the original first and then the remake. They were very similar. Think I still prefer the original. Subtitled of course.
Susan, they were good. And yes, some of them were super cheesy.
Shadow, I think so...
The cookies look yummy. Godzilla has to be scarier. They've not really done it justice yet. Nor Dune. But it's a thick book. I don't think it can be done in 90 minutes. It would take that long to explain the world. The Blob could be a good remake. The remake of The Thing is so scary. I don't think there's a more terrifying movie. It was very well done, though.
I'm looking forward to The Incredibles 2 and The Silver Chair. I do enjoy some remakes but I feel there are too many of them at the moment. I'd like to watch some more films based on original stories.
Ninja bread cookies look awesome. I am looking forward to Aquaman. I think the Star Trek movie remakes were better or as good as the originals.
I can't wait to see the Narnia movies. I read the book series and always wondered why no one ever made the other stories into movies.
Incredibles 2 sounds pretty good. I'm excited.
Also excited about Aquaman and the Godzilla sequel.
The Lion King is the only remake I'm excited about, but I'd like to think that Dune might surprise me.
Oh yes, The Fly remake was awesome. Love that film.
I also think the relatively recent King Kong and Godzilla remakes did justice to the original and in many ways are better.
I was headed for June's IWSG, but had to comment on this post - you just write too much good stuff!
I guess you could label me a hater fan, but I think Walt Disney must be rolling in his grave with some of the crap the company is coming out with these days. He was all about cutting edge, yes, but seriously I feel like they're just sloppy hacking.
That hater language aside, I think Sabrina is by far the best remake ever. I love it just as much as the original. And that's really hard to do.
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