Why The Incredibles 2 'answers A Social Need'

Why The Incredibles 2 'answers a social need' © AAP Image/ Buena Vista Home Entertainment Why The Incredibles 2 'answers a social need' One of the most memorable lines of dialogue in The Incredibles 2 comes from Bob Parr, the father of the superhero family.

He is seen slumped on the couch. Unshaven. Exhausted.

Bob is struggling to get his head around his son's maths homework. His teenage daughter is having romantic trouble. And his baby boy needs constant attention.

"I just need a little 'me time'," he says.

It's the kind of sentiment we're used to hearing from on-screen mothers, but less often from dads.

However, one reason the sequel to 2004's The Incredibles has caught the attention of critics, and the imagination of audiences, is the role reversal at its core.

The Incredibles 2, released in the UK this weekend, sees mother Helen - or Elastigirl, to use her superhero alter-ego - go out to fight crime, while father Bob stays at home to look after the family.

"The gender role-swap is pulled off with an explicit sensitivity and awareness of the issues at play," wrote Scott Mendelson in Forbes.

"While Bob initially struggles with his Mr Mom role and is a little jealous that his wife is essentially living out his fantasy, he quickly comes to terms with it and adapts to his new family-rearing responsibilities."

The Incredibles 2 sees Helen become the face of a campaign to "make superheroes legal again" and fight a new villain known as ScreenSlaver.

Her husband's recklessness and tendency to say "the insurance will cover it" as he causes carnage in the name of fighting crime is precisely why Elastigirl, with her less damaging and costly approach, is chosen to rebuild the reputation of superheroes.

Actress Holly Hunter, who voices the character, says she hopes the film opens the minds of both audiences and those within the film industry.

"This is something we need to have in our cinema, in our lives, in our reference points, in our goals," Hunter tells BBC News.

"For a woman to lead, for a woman to be able to be the problem solver in the room, I think there's nothing but good that can come from that."

It may be an unusual family set-up for a Hollywood film, but it hasn't put audiences off.

Since its release last month, The Incredibles 2 has already become the highest-grossing animated film of all time in the US, overtaking the previous record held by Finding Dory.

Its box office success is arguably down to the 14-year gap between the first and second films.

In addition to the families buying tickets for young children, the nostalgia factor is attracting millennials who were kids when the first film came out.

There is continuity with the first film - all the voice actors have returned to reprise their roles, while Brad Bird is once again in the director's chair.

But, Hunter says: "Brad is not a message film-maker, he doesn't make message movies, and I don't think that was his intention with this at all.

"But I do feel that a result of the movie - whether it's a purposeful result or not doesn't even matter - the rush that you get from seeing a woman hero is kind of emotional."

She goes on: "I think audiences feel a certain gestalt seeing a female act heroically. And still remain female. Still remain a woman, not a woman who's trying to be a man. Who's very much in her own element."

Seeing a man staying home to care for his family arguably shouldn't be unusual in 2018 - although statistics show they are still firmly in the minority in the UK.

There are around 235,000 stay-at-home fathers, according to the latest ONS figures, compared with 1.7 million mothers.

While women who look after the family significantly outnumber men, Hunter says there are clearly enough stay-at-home dads to warrant there being more of them in Hollywood.

"I think there's such an appetite for it that is unspoken for most people, in a way that might not even be identified, that you have an appetite to see it, but we all do," she says.

"It feels satisfying to see a strong female, and so I think Elastigirl answers a lot of that social need, a cultural desire."

Referring to Bob Parr's request for some "me time", Hunter is willing to cut him some slack.

"Proper parenting is truly heroic work," she says. "So anybody who is taking care of kids, if it's a nanny, a grandmother, a brother or sister, they're going to want some 'me time' at the end of the day.

"It's unrelenting, chaotic, unimaginable work, until you do it. And genderless."

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>Full Screen 1/33 SLIDES © 2017 Disney Pixar

Incredibles 2 (June 15)

Directed by: Brad Bird

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Vowell

Mr. Incredible must stay at home with baby Jack-Jack while his wife and other children are out saving the world.

2/33 SLIDES © Kyle Kaplan/Warner Bros

Tag (June 15)

Directed by: Jeff Tomsic

Stars: Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis

The comedy revolves around a gang of former classmates who organize an annual game of tag and travel around the country.

3/33 SLIDES © Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum

Taking the story forward from its 2015 predecessor, Claire, Owen and the eccentric Dr. Ian Malcolm are back to save the dinosaurs from an imminent volcanic eruption.

4/33 SLIDES © Isa Foltin/Getty Images

Damsel (June 22)

Directed by: David and Nathan Zellner

Stars: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner

Set in the 1870 American West, the film follows the treacherous journey of an affluent pioneer, who sets out to marry the love of his life.

(Pictured) Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska at the "Damsel" premiere during the Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin on Feb. 16, 2018, in Germany.

5/33 SLIDES © Victor Chavez/Getty Images

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (June 29)

Directed by: Stefano Sollima

Stars: Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Benicio Del Toro

The sequel to “Sicario” (2015) revolves around a federal agent and a former undercover operative who face off against Mexican drug cartels smuggling terrorists across the U.S. border.

(Pictured) Brolin and Del Toro attend the "Sicario: Day of the Soldado'" Mexico City premier on June 11, 2018, in Mexico.

6/33 SLIDES © Universal

The First Purge (July 4)

Directed by: Gerard McMurray

Stars: Marisa Tomei, Melonie Diaz, Lex Scott Davis

A prequel to “The Purge” (2013), the film focuses on the events that led up to the first Purge event.

7/33 SLIDES © Ben Rothstein..©Marvel Studios 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6)

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Walton Goggins

Scott Lang tries to balance his responsibilities as a father and being the superhero Ant-Man, as he teams up with the Wasp to embark on a dangerous mission.

8/33 SLIDES © Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC

Skyscraper (July 13)

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Pablo Schreiber, Neve Campbell

A former FBI agent and war veteran lives in the safest skyscraper in Hong Kong. The building comes under attack by terrorists and he finds himself framed for it.

9/33 SLIDES © Columbia/Sony Animation/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (July 13)

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Stars: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg

Count Dracula is back, this time taking a vacation aboard a luxury Monster Cruise ship. He falls for Ericka, the ship’s captain who is also the daughter of the infamous monster slayer, Abraham Van Helsing.

(Pictured) A still from "Hotel Transylvania 2" (2015).

10/33 SLIDES © Universal Pictures

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (July 20)

Directed by: Ol Parker

Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Lily James, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski

A sequel to the 2008 film, “Mamma Mia!” the musical stars Lily James as a younger Donna trying to make a life for herself on the island.

11/33 SLIDES © Scott Garfield/Columbia/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

The Equalizer 2 (July 20)

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Bill Pullman

Following the success of the 2014 prequel, Washington is back as the lethal former CIA operative who becomes a hitman to exact revenge.

(Pictured) A still from "The Equalizer" (2014).

12/33 SLIDES © Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 27)

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Henry Cavill, Alec Baldwin

The sixth installment in the wildly popular action spy series will feature several old characters, such as Ethan Hunt, Luther and Benji. Several new faces are also cast including Henry Cavill and Vanessa Kirby.

13/33 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (July 27)

Directed by: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Will Arnett

Five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom face obstacles when they try to find a director for their film.

14/33 SLIDES © Laurie Sparham/© 2018 Disney Enterprises

Christopher Robin (Aug. 3)

Directed by: Marc Forster

Stars: Hayley Atwell, Ewan McGregor, Jim Cummings

The animation comedy is about a family man, Christopher Robin, who meets his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh and learns to live his life once more.

15/33 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures

The Meg (Aug. 10)

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Robert Taylor

Based on Steve Alten's book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” the film traces the deep-sea mission conducted by diver and former naval captain Jonas Taylor to rescue a group of Chinese scientists who are under attack by a giant white shark.

16/33 SLIDES © Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros.

Crazy Rich Asians (Aug. 15)

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Stars: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding

The romantic comedy follows a New Yorker who goes to meet her boyfriend's family in Singapore.

17/33 SLIDES © Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Nun (Sept. 7)

Directed by: Corin Hardy

Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, Charlotte Hope

Introduced in “The Conjuring 2”, the malevolent spirit of the Nun is back in yet another spine-tingling horror that revolves around her mysterious origins.

18/33 SLIDES © Kimberley French; TM & © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

The Predator (Sept. 14)

Directed by: Shane Black

Stars: Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown

The fourth installment in the “Predator” franchise is set between “Predator 2” (1990) and “Predators” (2010). It is rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in the first film, is set to make an appearance in the film.

19/33 SLIDES © Warner Bros Entertainment and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

Smallfoot (Sept. 28)

Directed by: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig

Stars: Zendaya, Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, James Corden

A Yeti is confused when he comes across a tiny shoe which he believes belongs to the legendary and elusive creatures called "humans."

20/33 SLIDES © Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Venom (Oct. 5)

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed

In this Marvel movie, Tom Hardy plays reporter Eddie Brock and has moved to San Francisco.

(Pictured) Hardy at a premiere in January 2017.

21/33 SLIDES © Neal Preston/2017 Warner Bros Entertainment and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment

A Star Is Born (Oct. 5)

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

Stars: Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, Bradley Cooper

The musical revolves around an aged and alcoholic movie star who helps a gifted young singer achieve fame and success.

22/33 SLIDES © Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures

Halloween (Oct. 19)

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

The latest film in the franchise follows Laurie Strode and her final encounter with Michael Myers, the masked murderer who tried to kill her about 40 years ago.

23/33 SLIDES © Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Mowgli (Oct. 19)

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Rohan Chand

The remake of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale features an impressive cast with Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Bale as Bagheera, Serkis as Baloo and Rohan Chand as Mowgli.

24/33 SLIDES © Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (Nov. 2)

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Keira Knightley, Jack Whitehall, Morgan Freeman

The film follows a young girl who gets transported to a magical world dominated by gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

(Pictured) Disney's presentation of the movie at the D23 Expo 2017.

25/33 SLIDES © Nick Delaney/2017 Twentieth Century Fox

Bohemian Rhapsody (Nov. 2)

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Stars: Rami Malek, Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee

Charting the life of the eccentric rocker Freddie Mercury, the film showcases the meteoric rise of his band, Queen, from their formation to their iconic performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.

26/33 SLIDES © Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

The Grinch (Nov. 9)

Directed by: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch

The classic Dr. Seuss story has been turned into an animation in which Grinch plans to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

27/33 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Nov. 16)

Directed by: David Yates

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Zoë Kravitz

Taking forward the events of the first film, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escapes custody and starts gathering new followers. In an effort to stop him, Albus Dumbledore seeks help from his old student, Newt Scamander.

28/33 SLIDES © Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (Nov. 21)

Directed by: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore

Stars: John C. Reilly, Mandy Moore, Kristen Bell, Kelly Macdonald

Taking place six years after the first film (pictured), the story revolves around video game character Ralph and his misadventures in the world of internet.

29/33 SLIDES © Mike Windle/Getty Images

Robin Hood (Nov. 21)

Directed by: Otto Bathurst

Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn

A gritty portrayal of the legendary archer and his band of Merry Men stars Egerton in the lead role and Mendelsohn as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

(Pictured) Egerton at a premiere in 2016.

30/33 SLIDES © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

Aquaman (Dec. 21)

Directed by: James Wan

Stars: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard

The DC origin story revolves around Arthur Curry, who discovers that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and reluctantly takes up the responsibility of being its ruler, as the Aquaman.

(Pictured) A still from "Justice League" (2017).

31/33 SLIDES © Paramount Pictures

Bumblebee (Dec. 21)

Directed by: Travis Knight

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena

The sixth installment in the “Transformers” series tells the story of Bumblebee (the popular transformer from previous films), as he goes on the run in the guise of a Volkswagen Beetle.

32/33 SLIDES © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Alita: Battle Angel (Dec. 21)

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Christoph Waltz, Michelle Rodriguez, Mahershala Ali

In the cyberpunk action film, Alita is an amnesiac cyborg who is trying to discover the truth of who she is and fighting for her life.

33/33 SLIDES © Jay Maidment/2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Mary Poppins Returns (Dec. 25)

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin First, Lin-Manuel Miranda

A sequel to the landmark 1964 musical, the film tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks, who are now all-grown up. Following a family tragedy, Michael’s three children get a visit from the magical nanny, Mary Poppins.

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