Friday, November 26, 2004

Truly Incredible

I went to see the new Disney/Pixar creation 'The Incredibles' this afternoon and came away happier than I have from a movie in a long time.

So right now I'd love to tell you all about it - and why you should go see it. The danger, of course, in reviewing any piece of art that has some element of plot or suspense is that my revealing too much does the art a disservice. How to sound like I actually thought about it rather than coming out with something as bland as: "It's just good, trust me."?

I've come to the conclusion that there must a school to train reviewers. Somewhere that teaches people how to convey opinions on things without ever revealing to the audience what those things actually are. Thinking on this for a while, I realised that these people could quite easily be political speech writers if they got tired of seeing bad movies and reading bad books.

It's not so much of a problem with every kind of reviewer, though. A restaurant critic isn't going to spoil your night by revealing that cos lettuce was used or that "...the ambugue frittata coils were in a grou-grou sauce with bruised pichmelons and a light sprinkling of galanta seeds."*

*No, none of these things actually exist, but they sound like they should. In fact, they probably will when some chef decides he’s tired of calling his signature dish 'bangers and mash'.

So what to tell you of the movie?

More Bond than Bambi, its great, it's fast, it's fun. It's a knuckle-gnawing ride through someone's fantastic imagination. And it's funny - in a clever way.

What's more, it's a breath of fresh air. These superheroes are...well...heroic - believe it or not. They're not your run-of-the-mill schmuck making do in a horrible situation - they're geuninely better at something than the people around them. Much, much better. Unapologetically better.

Add to this that the writers have managed to create well-rounded characters for the main 'cast' and all supporting characters, that the one-liners and visual gags keep coming at a consistent pace throughout the film and that there is an attention to detail which is just stunning...and you have yourself a nice little bit of entertainment for an evening.

So it's just good, trust me.


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