Incredibles 2 (PG)
The family of favorite suburban superheroes of the world is back, 14 years after The Incredibles, with a hilarious and keenly observed action comedy in which Elastigirl and her husband Mr. Incredible temporarily exchange roles.
It turns out that superheroism is easy compared to the heroism of everyday parenthood, as any mom who queues up with her children for a moment of relief at the movies this summer will tell you.
In Incredibles 2, Mrs Incredible a.k.a. Elastigirl is out and about using his elastic powers to catch criminals and stop fugitive trains, planes and cars. Meanwhile, Mr Incredible stays at home, holding the baby (Jack-Jack).
A scene from the new movie by Walt Disney Studios Incredibles 2, a sequel to a 2004 film
The grim Deavor Corporation, which has decided to try to rehabilitate the "gifted" banned by the government in public view, believes that people will sympathize more with an intelligent superheroine than with a clumsy superhero who leaves behind a fiery mess of collateral damage.
Mr Incredible serves single parenting quite sweetly. Unfortunately, he has the strength of a hundred men. . . and the patience of a child
He is completely taken aback by the mathematical task of his super fast son Dash, and by the humors of his daughter Violet and by high school. Unlike most teenagers, when Violet wants to be invisible, she can actually disappear.
In addition, Jack-Jack seems to be developing strange and new powers along with tantrums. What can go wrong?
In the first film, as far as the family knew, Jack-Jack was impotent, but the clowning in the sequel shows him behaving like any capricious child, except with superpowers he can not control.
In the middle of the battle against the villain of Underminer, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her fields of super strength more
At one moment he has green laser eyes, the next he burst into flames, then he is a purple demon child, and soon he will face a raccoon in the garden, which left the audience in my projection whistling with laughter.
Once again, Mr Incredible is expressed by Craig T. Nelson, and Elastigirl is Holly Hunter, whose ironic rasp is perfect.
A new character, the executive Evelyn Deavor, is played by Catherine Keener and it is worth looking at it carefully. Samuel L. Jackson has returned as the friend of the Incredibles, Frozone, which can turn almost anything into a huge blue ice cream slush. The scary dressmaker Edna Mode (with the voice of the film's director, Brad Bird) returns to create a superhero match for Jack-Jack. Thanks to her German-Japanese heritage, Edna discovers that Mozart's music keeps Jack-Jack happy and balanced. For a moment.
This sequel also shows how far the effects of CGI have come from the original, and the retro-futuristic design will have the look of the parents while their children roll with the action.
There is a nostalgia here for a generation that saw the first movie as children, and Incredibles 2 has already broken the American box office records for an animation. Although it was established in the sixties, there are modern references, since an evil named Screenslaver takes control of all other superheroes by sending hypnotic messages through television screens or glasses that look like the recent smart glasses of Google.
Screenlaver's voice intones: You do not talk, you watch talk shows. You do not play games, you watch games. "We are becoming slaves of our screens, and must stop.
Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately for future phone addicts, the Incredible family comes together to fight as one, and there is an ending to a movie that is as delicious as the original.
In Skyscraper, Dwayne & # 39; The Rock & # 39; Johnson does what he does best: jumping between a rock and a hard place, in this case a giant crane and a 240-story burning tower.
The leap of Johnson's faith has been promoted in the advancement of the film, and the trick is a classic, as incredibly improbable as it is pleasurable.
While you bite your nails nervously, Johnson hangs up with his fingertips from great heights. Starring next to The Rock is The Pearl, the tallest building in the world, with fire and security measures, which Johnson will inspect in Hong Kong.
Dwayne Johnson hangs from a ledge in a 240-story burning tower on Skyscraper
He brings his wife and children to China to "see the pandas", a configuration that is conveniently doomed to fail, given his luxurious accommodations on one of the highest floors of The Pearl.
Johnson plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI man who lost a leg in action, but the prosthesis below the knee does not stop him. He literally goes crazy when it comes to saving his family from the burning building and defeating a band of arsonists with a secret mission.
Speaking of missions, Johnson's walk on The Pearl is only backed by adhesive tape on shoes and hands! It makes the similar trick of Tom Cruise the Burj Khalifa building in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol looks positively fussy.
The adhesive tape provides a recurring joke. While Johnson seals a bloody wound in the shoulder, he observes dryly: "If you can not fix a wound with duct tape, you're not using enough duct tape."
Action is gravity (and sanity) defiant, but The Rock is such a warm and compelling presence that you forgive foolishness.
Neve Campbell is his wife Sarah, a trilingual military surgeon, and Georgia (McKenna Roberts) and Henry (Noah Cottrell) are their cute twin children who shout "Dad!" In key moments.
When you make an initial tour of the building, with its observation platforms above the clouds and the virtual reality mirrors room, you will know that you are about to be a perfect playground for the chaos that is looming.
Note of caution: despite the premise of fantasy, this film has disturbing resonances after the tragedy of Grenfell, and can be annoying for younger children.
First refurbished (15)
Ethan Hawke plays an American minister in a spiritual crisis in First Reformed, an eccentric and peculiarly gripping movie by veteran director Paul Schrader.
The path from the drama of doubt to certainty is messy, intricate and very human.
Hawke is Ernst Toller, pastor of an old reformed Dutch white tablet church, more visited by tourists than believers, but that fits perfectly with his solitary contemplation and his hard drink.
Ethan Hawke plays US minister in spiritual crisis in First Reformed
His soldier son has been killed in a senseless war, and Toller is looking for fragments of meaning.
A younger environmental activist and future father Michael (Philip Ettinger) visits Toller, and seems suicidal about the future of contaminated land. The pastor treats him honestly, instead of the cheerful joy of the mega church that is outside his parish. Soon, Michael's wife, very pregnant, (hint!) Is alone and … guess what? – She is played by the beautiful Amanda Seyfried of Mamma Mia's fame.
She is also looking for answers from the church and her celibate pastor. They are two lost souls who do not believe in platitudes, but long for transcendence.
Schrader shoots the film in a desolate winter style, in an opaque and gray beige, broken only by Pepto Bismol's pink in Toller's whiskey while fighting stomach cramps.
Many critics have taken First Reformed very seriously as a deep investigation of religious beliefs, but much of it has a black-comedic touch. After all, Schrader is also the writer of Taxi Driver.
Hawke's performance is excellent, as he makes his way with white knuckles through the Bible and consumes himself like a saint maddened by vision.
A cheerful and completely unpredictable scene will leave you speechless, as the film gives an intelligent U-turn towards the end.
The secret of Marrowbone (15)
Still on the spiritual plane, The Secret Of Marrowbone is a mystery told with so many twists of the reverse ferret storyline that the entire premise of the haunted house finally collapses.
George MacKay does his best as a 20-year-old Jack, the oldest of four brothers fleeing his psychotic father in England in 1969.
His sick mother takes them to his decrepit wooden house in the American countryside, and dies immediately.
The secret of Marrowbone tells the story of four brothers who fled their psychotic father in England in 1969
The children decide to hide this fact so that they can stay together as a family until Jack can be their guardian, once he turns 21.
Meanwhile, the old Marrowbone house begins to creak and shake. Cracks and spots appear on the ceiling.
The mirrors are covered when Sam, five years old (Matthew Stagg), trembles with fear of the apparitions, and his brothers Billy (Charlie Heaton) and Jane (Mia Goth) begin to go crazy too when his father's presence makes itself felt.
Anya Taylor-Joy appears as a librarian and loves interests, but none of the characters other than Jack is more than sketched out, and a talented young cast is lost.
The revelations are unpleasant, but they take time to unfold.
The film manages to combine the innocence of Five-Go-Mad, Enid Blyton with rather weak scares, which will not satisfy neither the fans of horror nor the audience of young adults.
An intense mother-daughter relationship is found in the emotional core of Pin Cushion, a story of maturity that slips between the hopes of the fairy tale and the nightmare of everyday life.
Lily Newmark plays the teenager Iona, a pale-skinned red-haired geek with children's braids who arrives in a new city in Derbyshire, looking for friendship. She befriends the clique of bad girls at school, but her home life is decidedly peculiar.
Lily Newmark plays the teenager Iona, a pale-skinned geek redhead with children's braids
Iona's mother, Lyn (Joanna Scanlan) is a humpback, with one leg shorter than the other, wearing uneven heels. The home is almost a museum of kitsch and crafts. Cath Kidston, it's not.
Mother and daughter are called & # 39; Daftie 1 & # 39; and & # 39; Daftie 2 & # 39 ;, but that comfort and codependency are destroyed when Iona is released, find a kind of boyfriend and increases the pressure of peers. The school can be miserable and Iona is intimidated, but she lies with great care and tenderness to protect her childhood mother.
Unlike many films in this genre, Pin Cushion ends with a surprising outcome that demonstrates the intelligence and daring of the debut director Deborah Haywood.
EYE VIEW OF A CHILD OF … Incredibles 2 (PG)
The first Incredibles movie came out almost 14 years ago, a month before I was born, so basically I've been waiting all my life for this one. And I'm happy to say that it was definitely worth the wait.
Like many people my age, I had never seen the Incredibles before on a big screen. The music was also brilliant, especially in a cinema sound system.
Going exactly where the last movie ended, Incredibles 2 follows everyone's favorite superhero family, the Parrs, as they struggle to make them "super". be legal once more.
To do so, Mrs Incredible / Elastigirl must go to the city and fight a mysterious new threat that calls itself The Screenslaver, while Mr Incredible must stay at home and be the father of Dash, Violet and the multi-power baby Jack-Jack .
As soon as the movie begins, there are special Disney and Pixar logos in the retro Incredibles style, which look fantastic. The animation in this one is also amazing, and the texture in the hair and the clothes looks very realistic.
One of the best parts is simply to see more of the Incredibles. The scenes at home, when they are arguing around the table, make them look like a real family.
The funniest parts come mainly from Jack-Jack, ranging from Mr Incredible who has to deal with his 17 different powers, to him having a hilarious fight with a raccoon, to Edna Mode taking care of him.
One of my favorite characters is Frozone, who was one of the best characters in the first movie, and is back in this one.
The Screenslaver was a good and intimidating villain, but I still like the Syndrome of the first movie. However, this is one of my only problems with the sequel, and it really is not a problem.
The new superheroes are also amazing, with the powers of the Voyd portal and the vomiting of reflux lava as my favorites.
In general, I loved this sequel to one of my favorite movies of all time. I hope they do an Incredibles 3, this time without the gap of 14 years.
ELLIS BARNES-IGLESIA, 13