Wow! Well, it's been a long, hard, and lonely month living without the warm and loving attention of your favorite people here at TTA. Hasn't it? Rest assured, I think we're all back on track for a little while. Unfortunately, it's only a month or so until the Nintendo DS, Metroid II, and World of Warcraft are released, so after that you'll probably be doomed to read about what big monster we've recently slain, but what the hell, for now you get a real article or two.
The Incredibles! Right off the bat, I am impressed. First of all, I got to see the preview for Revenge of the Sith. Everything was bad ass (granted there seemed to be a ship on fire in one of the scenes and a firetruck space ship dealy dousing the flames with water, so that was really dumb, but whatever, I'm sure it'll suck, but I'm still excited).
Then we were treated to a short film entitled Rebounding. Fun little flick which featured a naked sheep and a jackalope. Normal fare for the beginning of a Pixar movie, and the crowd seemed into it, despite it leaning towards the kindergarten crowd.
Then we had the movie itself and may I just say, "Wow!" A bit of a difference between the last few Pixar movies. Firstly, it was much longer. The movie started at 7:30 and we didn't leave that theater til' ten o' clock.
Secondly, it was most definitely an action film. One of the better action films I've seen this year, actually. Machine gun fights, giant robots, and people almost having their heads cut off. Thank goodness for super powers, eh?
At this point, I'm going to delve a little into the actual movie, so some things might get spoiled for you. Feel free to stop reading now if you don't like spoilers. Admittedly, I won't actually tell you what happens in the movie. If you do stop reading then let's just say you should go see the damn movie.
One of the more interesting aspects of the movie, in my opinion, was the theme of racism amongst normals and supers. Now, it wasn't completely looked into as much as I'd like, but it was touched upon and was one of the better parts of the movie.
The protaganist (Syndrome, voiced by Jason Lee) has no super powers to speak of. However, like one of my favorite X-Men (Forge, in this case), he can invent incredible things -- weapons and gadgets and rocket shoes -- keeping them for a while, but with plans to eventually sell his gadgets to everyone; making everyone super will turn everyone normal. He has no powers but finds a brilliant way to not just have his own but also to take away the powers of his enemies. Interesting concept.
It also goes into the aspect of trying to relive your glory days. Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson from the show Coach!) and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) sit around in a car, hiding from their wives and listening to the police scanner in an attempt to stop crime and save people with hilarious results. That is, fucking everything up and not being quite as good as the old days.
So, a smart action film which could have easily translated to live action, though I'm sure that if it was actual actors the director would have screwed everything up. Stupid directors. Not as funny as its counterparts, but action films aren't supposed to be all laughs.
And a good thing, too. This movie kicked ass. I give it a solid six out of seven, and think it's the best animated film to come out since Shrek 2. Get your ass out and watch it!