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10/17/2019 18:46:58 •••

A film loved by many, but understood by few

So I love the Incredibles, but I disagree with a lot of the interpretations, and I kind of want to address them. For starters, Bob's obsession with his glory days is presented as a character flaw which makes him easily manipulated by Syndrome and endangers him and his family, and his arc is realizing and apologizing for his selfishness.

As for Syndrome, people have this rose tinted narrative of Syndrome as some unfairly maligned underdog or sympathetic anti-villain who was the victim of elitist gate keeping. Acting as if it was a bad idea for Bob to refuse to take a prepubescent kid they barely know into a hostile combat situation, or unfairly maligned because he dared to rise above his station and make everyone equal; that they deliberately ignore all the actual crimes he commits like murder, attempted murder of woman and children and child abduction.

While I stand by my belief that Incredibles isn't Objectivist. I do think the strongest parallel is to compare Syndrome to Gail Wynand from the Fountainhead. In that they both illustrate the man who could have been. They both had the drive, talent and resources to be great,but fail because they don't understand what each works protagonists do. Syndromes villainy isn't born from his lack of superpowers, but his lack of empathy, his narcissism and his obsession with petty vengeance. Whereas Bob constantly goes out of his way to help people as a hero and in his desk job. Syndrome was more focused on being "Super" than being "Heroic" and saw being a superhero as a venue for his own self-aggrandizement.

As for his "If everyone is super, no one is." Line. Is that really an empirical fact or just his conjecture from someone more focused on petty vengeance than thinking through his own actions? Because "everyone" means groups like rogue nations, terror cells and crime syndicates. Compared to other superhero movies and works that actually are about Objectivism. Syndromes plan is the same as that of Frank Fontaine in Bioshock, and the bad guys in all three Iron Man movies, the first Ant-man, and Spider-man Homecoming.

Honest Trailers jokingly referred to him as "Phony Stark" and I think that accurately describes him. He's basically someone with the brilliance and ego of Tony Stark, but never undergoes the character growth Tony does. If Syndrome had just sold his inventions through proper channels, the only real obstacle would be governments with the legitimate point of making sure they're all safe and kept out of the hands of more malevolent folks.

If Syndrome really wanted to be a hero he could have sold his inventions above the board and used the money to change the law the way Winston Deavor did. What ultimately makes Bob a hero and Syndrome a villain isn't whether their abilities are natural or artificial, but having the empathy to do things like act to protect society, and realize and admit when they made mistakes.

10/15/2019 00:00:00

This review would be better if it wasn\'t a brick paragraph. Seperate the text into small paragraphs. For example \"Syndrome\'s villainy\" can be the start of a new paragraph.

10/17/2019 00:00:00

I\'ll second the above two comments. Not only does splitting your review into paragraphs help make it more readable but it also helps you organize your thoughts, since each paragraph should focus on a certain aspect of the story, or a point you\'re trying to make.

10/17/2019 00:00:00

The worst part is, I almost want to read a review of The Incredibles arguing against the prevailing narrative of its being thematically-problematic? But, well... I\'m one of those people who can\'t stand massive text blocks either.


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