The Incredibles 2

90’s babies, It’s been a long wait.

It is common knowledge amongst everyone who knows me that I live for superhero movies (from the marvel universe of course). Now, I would like to think that my obsession with superheroes, all started off with the first Incredibles movie, which was released when I was 8 years old. So of course 12 years later, I could not miss the 2nd installment of the movie that basically shaped me into the lover of all things marvel that I am today.

Incredibles 2 proved to be one of the few movies actually that needed a sequel. It pretty much started were it left off all those years ago, with a little recap included to jog our memories.

What I loved about this film was the play on gender roles, which in 2018 are practically non existent. It was great to see a film aimed at kids representing a modern family, where the female (in this case Mrs incredible) actually went to work & became the breadwinner of the household, whilst the male (Mr incredible) stayed at home and took care of the kids.

In the film we see some resistance from Mr incredible, who is having a hard time adjusting to his new ‘role’. In my opinion this represents our society, as the ideology of women being child bearing machines & housewives have been around for literal centuries. This type of representation especially in today’s day and age is extremely important. It is vital that kids of all ages can see the diversity that exists within families. No longer are we subjected to the stereotypical gender roles and the binary oppositions that come with it.

The modern family has changed quite drastically over the past few years and it is time we start to see the current state of our society reflected in all media forms.

What ‘IT’ taught me

I hate the idea of doing things by myself , whether it be eating out at a restaurant or going to the cinema, I hate it. You could say that it is up there on my list of ‘biggest fears’ accompanied with spiders and ladybirds (yes ladybirds).

However, ‘IT’ was a film that I vouched to see… even if I had to go on my own. I didn’t have much of a choice anyway, considering that everyone in my friendship group hate thriller and horror films. It took me around 3 weeks to finally get around to watch ‘IT’ and let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait and anxiety. (I’ll try not to spoil anything).

For a film so dark in nature, the script writers managed to insert humorous scenes which were executed perfectly by the cast, evidently making the not so bearable scenes more bearable. This, I thought, oddly reflected my current outlook on life. With all the natural disasters and terrorist attacks going on, the world we live in today seems to be such a dark place, making it increasingly difficult to have a positive outlook and mind frame. I’d like to think that our ‘light relief’ comes in the form of TV programmes and music, a modern day form of what can be referred to as bread and circuses, a tool used to temporarily relive and distance ourselves from the harsh reality.

The whole film circulated around the idea of fear & the detrimental effects it can have on an individuals life as well as those around them. From this, I drew to the conclusion that fear can more often than not, be regarded as a taught phenomenon, which we should not give power over our lives. In order to live our life to the fullest, we should confront our fears and have fun whilst we do it. With this being said, from this day on I am going to embrace being a part time loner, cinema trips and tables for one included. Not too sure about the confrontation on spiders and ladybirds though.