Why am I hung up on this? God only knows, but you have to think about something while the brain-rattling chases are flying around on the screen. The plot of this movie isn't going to engage you, I can tell you that much. As with the first film, a seeming benefactor wants to help our heroes be all that they can be, but you know this is a ruse. (Points to writer-director Brad Bird for sticking with a concept he loves, I guess.) This time it is Mom who is pressed into super-service first, while Dad has to stay home and contend with Dash's homework, Violet's first date, and Jack-Jack crawling around and getting into pan-dimensional trouble.
Eventually the family all joins forces to race, dive, teleport and smash their way to save one another from the clutches of evil. It's nice! Brings a tear to your eye, truly. (My favorite character is Violet, but maybe that's just because I've got an NPR tote or two around the house and I like to hear Sarah Vowell talk about something other than the Bull Moose Party.)
Is Incredibles 2 as good as the first? The answer depends on what you are looking for in a Pixar movie. If it's the story and, as the kids say, the "feels," then the answer is no. But if it's the pure thrill of intense high-tech animation, then absolutely. There's a moment in which Elastigirl has to fight the spooky villain Screenslaver (who has an eerie World War I gas mask look) that blasts the screen with a mix of 2-D and 3-D animation. I bet somebody's gonna see it and have a seizure! It's quite a thing.
Unlike the Toy Story trilogy, which is too maudlin for my tastes, and the Cars trilogy, which is simply beneath someone as urbane and sophisticated as I, the two Incredibles movies are just the right speed. And when the family car is the tricked-out "Incredi-bile," that speed has no limit.