The best animated films are those that appeal to young and old.
In 2004, The Incredibles hit theaters. It’s been 15 years since Bob and Helen Parr, aka Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl (voiced by Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter) have left the superhero world. They appear to live a life of suburban normalcy. But when Mr. Incredible receives a communication that the world needs him, he springs into action with his, his children and Lucius Best aka Frozone (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson). Can they save the world once more?
The thing that I remember about this film is that not only that is funny and entertaining, but the jokes are on multiple levels. The kids in the audience get one type of joke and the adults in the audience get another kind of joke. I also appreciate that Elastigirl is as much a superhero as her husband.
I recommend it.
There are some stories that are so powerful, that they are like a literal punch to the gut. They are a reminder of the evils in this world and the work that needs to be done to right the wrongs that the evil has created.
In 1989, future writing megastar John Grisham published his first novel, A Time To Kill. In a small town in the American South in the 1980’s, a young African-American girl is raped by a group of white men. The girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey kills two of the men in retaliation for his daughter’s sexual assault. Jake Brigance and Ellen Roark are the white lawyers who take on Carl’s case. While Jake and Ellen are doing everything they can to keep Carl out of jail, the KKK comes out of the shadows and adds their unique blend of chaos and turmoil to the mix.
In 1996, the book was made into a film. Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock took on the roles of Carl, Jake and Ellen.
This movie both powerful and uncomfortable. It forces the audience to take a good hard look at the dark side of American life and the issues that we must face head on.
I absolutely recommend this film.
Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you have not seen this movie, do not read. I will not be offended.
Superhero movies, especially sequels to superhero movies, can be a tricky prospect. If the movie does well, it means that there will be more movies in the future. If the movie bombs, the fans will be up in arms and will trash the movie for all eternity.
That being said, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is thankfully the former and not the latter.
The movie starts off several years after the first Avengers movie. In Washington DC, Shield has setup headquarters where they employ Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and The Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson). When Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) is assassinated by the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) assumes command, the truth about Shield is brought to the surface. Falcon/ Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) joins the fight against the now corrupted Shield with Captain America and The Black Widow.
I enjoyed the movie. It was long, but it did not feel long. The action was non stop, but not over the top.
I only have one criticism. I wrote a post several weeks ago about women in film and how we are still often portrayed as the fainting, needed to be rescued damsel in distress.
After seeing this movie, the scene where The Black Widow is unconscious and has to be carried by Captain America makes sense. However, I still wish she would have walked out instead of having to be carried out.
I highly recommend this movie.