The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2 adapted seamlessly with the times, effortlessly continuing the plot of 10 years ago while accurately reflecting society today. A society of ever increasing clashes between the powerful and the powerless, the left and the right, the rich and the poor. While the cartoon characters struggle with the legality of super heros in a their ficticious world of super human strenth an elastic limbs, the concepts they battle are all too real. Legality vs morality. Technology vs humanity.

Favorite Line from the Film

"Politicians don't understand people who do good simply because it is right. It makes them nervous.

The dinner discussion: Morality vs Legality

"whether it is fair or not, thats the law"

"the law should be fair, what are we teaching our kids?"

"to respect the law"

"even when the law is disrespectful?"

"if laws are unjust, there are laws to change them. otherwise, it is chaos!"

"which is exactly what we have!"

A powerful discussion that takes place at the dinner table between Mr and Mrs Incrdedible while they try to explain the world to their kids. I can think of too many important issues that have fallen in line with this debate. Recently, an Indiana teacher was arrested for illegally using her healthcare to get one of her students necessary medicine. Earlier this week, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortaz explained that campaign finance laws have very little legal restraints and in effect even less moral oversight. Just because something is illegal does not mean that it is wrong and just because something is legal does not mean that it is right. Pretty great way to expose this ideas to the generation that currently loves cartoon superheros (and the generation that waited 10 years for this sequel).

And lastly, this movie touched on technologies ever encroaching presence in our lives. With perceptive reflection on par with any Black Mirror episode, Screenslaver laid down some woke as truths:


You don't talk. You watch talk shows. You don't play games. You watch game shows. Travel, relationships, risk. Every meaningful experience must be packaged and delivered to you to watch at a distance so that you can remain ever-sheltered, ever-passive, ever-ravenous consumers who can't free themselves to rise from their couches to break a sweat, and participate in life.