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The Incredibles [Nov. 9th, 2004|10:34 pm]
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I am not going to say much about The Incredibles except...What the hell are you waiting for!? Go see it NOW!!!. I'll wait.

See what I mean? Yes. It is that good.

We're talking drama. We're talking romance. We're talking family issues and marital problems...this film has it all. Imagine all the Sean Connery James Bond movies mixed (shaken, not stirred) with every superhero cartoon you ever watched as a kid. Then imagine it overlaid with every episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

And I want every stick of virtual Mid-Century Modern furniture in the Incredibles' home. Hell...I want them to adopt me. The folks at Pixar are serious devotees of Heywood Wakefield and Danish Modern, as they proved to us in Toy Story 2. Well...this is what happens when they are given free reign to create a world. The city, Metroberg, is a clever amalgam of post-war New York, Chicago and San Francisco (there is also a "San Pablo Blvd."), while the suburban Townville is every "modern, sparkling new, homes of the future...today" subdivision built in the wake of Levittown.

And, as ever, there's all sorts of hidden snark (One example: When Mr. Incredible first meets the Syndrome as a kid called Buddy (voiced by Jason Lee), he can't remember his name and calls him Brody).

(And, speaking of names, how annoyed am I that they call the older boy "Dashiell" - "Dash" for short. I have been saying for years that, if I ever had a kid, I wanted to name it just that if it were a boy. And now, they've taken it, and if I do use it...people will think it's after the kid in a movie. Sigh.)

The realism is wonderful. The characters are well drawn out. And the writing? Not only clever, but hey! An actual plot! And who can't identify with being a super person in real life...yet be stuck in a horrible, drab, monochrome cube-farm from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday?

[User Picture]From: tsgeisel
2004-11-10 05:07 am (UTC)
In honor of The Polar Express coming out tomorrow...

I'm going to see The Incredibles again.

This time at a digital projection theater.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-10 12:46 pm (UTC)
I am not so eager to see Polar...it kind of creeps me out, from what I've seen.
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2004-11-10 05:02 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more! We went on Saturday night and had to sit 2nd row, packed with every age group. Such a fun movie, by far one of the best of the year. And Edna (I'm guessing it was on purpose she looked like Edith Head?)....LOL....she killed me.

My husband was even happier when he got to see the trailer for Episode III before The Incredibles. I think he is counting the days until May.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-10 05:06 pm (UTC)
oH, YES! Edith Head...Edith Mode, but they called her "E" a lot...the only way in which she was lacking was that I really wanted her to be voiced by Lily Tomlin (she was, in fact, voiced by Brad Bird, the director.

I love Helen Parr/Elastigirl's hair...
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2004-11-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
Lily Tomlin, good one. That would have been a perfect voice, even though the director did an amazing job. I didn't realize Jason Lee had a 'part' until the last 30 minutes or so. Just couldn't recognize that voice and it was bugging me!!

I loved Elastigirls hair at the beginning, when it was long (only cuz mine is that length now). I should take a photo in of her to my next hair appt. LOL Too funny, we are getting hair inspiration from Pixar!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-11-10 05:27 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? I'm getting furniture inspiration from them, too!

I added a bit: At one point, Mr. Incredible calls Buddy/Syndrome "Brody" by mistake...
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[User Picture]From: luckylady
2004-11-10 05:39 pm (UTC)
He called him Brody? LMAO!
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From: butterpat
2004-11-11 02:37 am (UTC)
We loved it too. I've always adored Sarah Vowell (Violet) and love her even more now. I can't wait for it on DVD.
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[User Picture]From: maggiesox
2004-11-12 06:16 pm (UTC)
God, I loved that movie. Yes indeed.
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