All right, let\'s acknowledge the elephant in the room. (No, not Francine.) This movie has one of the most unfortunate cases Accidental Aesop I\'ve ever seen: \"If everybody is special, then nobody is — so if you\'re not among the lucky who are born special, you have no right to try and better yourself.\" Of course that wasn\'t the intended message. The intended message was probably about family and how working together is better than trying to go at it alone. But the problem is that those stated words — even though they\'re said respectively by a little kid and the movie\'s villain — are never actually contradicted, and furthermore they keep being underlined by the movie itself: All the heroes have \"natural\" superpowers, all the villains are tech-based. And, as if to really point out how special and much better the supers are, all the civilians are either useless or in some way antagonistic. If the movie had just included one scene where the incredible tech was shown to have a positive effect... or one scene where the civilians came together and aided the supers in some way... or, hell, even just one line of dialogue from Bob refuting Syndrome\'s villain speech, it would have changed everything, \"Buddy, you\'ve made all these amazing machines. You could have helped so many people with them. You would have been celebrated and cheered. Instead... what have you accomplished? Killing off superheroes just so you can pretend to be one yourself? That doesn\'t make you special, that makes you a psycopath.\" Okay, maybe a little Anvilicious, but I think it would have been better than the big wad of nothing we actually got. That said... The Incredibles is by no means a bad film. It\'s actually a very good film — it has a solid plot, good characters, nice visuals and really great action scenes —it\'s just a very good film that gets soured for many by an unfortunate Accidental Aesop. ...And perhaps because it thinks it\'s a little more innovative and groundbreaking than it really is. Looking at some of the behind-the-scenes interviews and commentary, they\'re talking as if \"superpowers that reflect the characters\' personalities\" and \"superheroics contra personal lives\" were some new and revolutionary ideas for superhero stories. Come on, The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man were doing this in the 1960s. People have named The Incredibles as \"the best Fantastic Four movie in existence\" and... well, that\'s a pretty good sum-up, actually.
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