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The Incredibles


15. The Incredibles

Pixar makes yet another appearance on the list with the best fantastic four film that isn't. The Incredibles is probably Pixar's most purely entertaining film and one of it's best as well. Taking place in the 1960s(ish?), in a post-superhero world. Years before, Superheros (known as supers) defended the public from evil, however when it became clear that they were no longer really needed and in fact caused more harm than good sometimes (to the point that there was a big lawsuit against the supers) they eventually faded out of the public eye and back into normal society.

Years later, Bob and Helen Parr (Parr being a being a play on the word par, meaning average), formerly Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, are now married with a family and trying to live a normal life (with the exception of Bob taking taking a few late night vigilante outings with his friend, the former hero Frozone) when Mr. Incredible is pulled back into the superheroing business in secret, and from there the film unfolds.

It's an incredibly well-written movie, paced very well and all the dialogue is believable. It strikes a perfect tone for a superhero film of being intense but still having levity. Syndrome is one of the best villains Pixar has had (which admittedly isn't saying a ton since most of their films don't have defined antagonists and even fewer of those antagonists are actually evil). He's conniving, intelligent, and just a bit crazy, varying between moments of being incredibly (hehe) effective and also completely inept, showing he is still out of his depth but is compensating for that with his intellect.

The main theme of the film is normalcy vs. the exceptional. it's exemplified in a line spoken both by Syndrome and by Dash, the middle child of the Parr family. "When everyone's super, no one is." This conflict sets up the crux of the film in the fight between Syndrome (a normal human and the once-wannabe sidekick of Mr. Incredible who was cast aside for being ordinary and getting in the way) and Mr. Incredible (a super, an exceptional person) as well as in the differences in how Dash and Violet (the oldest child) approach every day lives in the normal world. Violet wants more than anything to fit in and be normal, not just to act normal. Dash on the other hand wants to excel and feels held back by having to hide his powers. Dash loves being exceptional and wants to use that while Violet rejects it and wishes she could just be like everybody else.

While this film may not be Pixar's most original or innovative film (treading on the familiar ground of superheroism and using many of those tropes, albeit using them very well), it is still a fantastic (or perhaps one would say, incredible) film and one of their best.