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"The Incredibles"

IT'S A dazzling visual package with dashes of sweetness, humour, earnest emotion and plenty of action. Besides, Walt Disney/ Pixar Film who have made this animated film about retired superheroes being called to fight evil are pretty incredible themselves!

"The Incredibles" is an action adventure tale that will delight adults and children alike.

Written and directed by Brad Bird (who has also provided the voice over to one of the cutest characters, the high tech costume designer, Edna Mode), the entire film is about familial love, which turns out to be the real superpower.

Mr. Incredible or Bob Parr (voice- Craig T Nelson) is actually in a relocation programme. Gone are the days when he went about saving people and the world as one day a huge lawsuit puts him out of public glare. Imagine he saved someone who didn't want to be saved.

So the government relocates them, to live as normal citizens without using their powers and they better not if they want to be assimilated with the rest of the neighbourhood. And it is not easy for superheroes to live like that. Bob is facing mid-life crisis, he has put on weight and has to squeeze into a small cubicle from where he operates as an insurance agent. He drives a small car that barely manages to hold him and he is the father of three. It is tough.

His wife ( voice -Holly Hunter), Elastigirl or Helen, is constantly telling her kids to hide their superpowers and she herself has to be careful about using her stretchy powers while the smallest one is yet to show whether he has powers or not.

She has to run the house like any other housewife except that they know that they are not regular people. And so does Syndrome an old superhero lurking in the wings.

Constricted and restricted, Bob dashes off on moonlighting exercises to help the world secretly with his superhero pal Frozone (Samuel l Jackson), and also on a secret job to defeat experimental monster prototypes by Syndrome.

Syndrome wants to dominate the world and who can combat him? This is what forces the Incredibles function as a family and act as the superheroes they are, than live like ordinary people.

As with any Pixar movie, the visuals are stunning, vibrant and make very lovable characters. The attention to details is so precise that you don't feel they are created characters. There is warmth and plenty of everyday expressions given to them that anyone can identify with. And you can understand why dubbing them in other languages would also work well. Totally entertaining from start to finish.

CHITRA MAHESH

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