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On digital: Incredibles 2 / 2001: A Space Odyssey

On digital: Incredibles 2 / 2001: A Space Odyssey

November 03
06:34 2018
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Much has transpired in moviedom in the 14 years since The Incredibles, even in Pixar’s own backyard with the recent departure of handsy executive producer John Lasseter.

Meanwhile Incredibles 2 finds the digimated super-family more or less where we left them, though the focus quickly shifts to the female members. Teen heroine Violet must contend with a standoffish school crush (as if a dad who wears Spandex wasn’t bad enough) and working mom Elastigirl faces a villain who turns viewers of screens into starey-eyed, Manchurian Candidate-like zombies (go figure).

At home, Mr Incredible tackles an even more formidable terror: infant son Jack, whose nascent powers grow more outlandish by the day. (How do you babyproof against teleportation?)

These scenes look a little like superhero sitcom but easily outshine the main plot, which for all its whizz-bangery plots a predictable course. Not quite incredible but effortlessly watchable.

★★★☆☆

How big is your big-screen TV? Even the latest 86-inch behemoth might struggle to do full justice to the 70mm grandeur of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Warner Bros), given a makeover for its 50th birthday.

If you have all the latest gear, you can now enjoy yawning expanses of infinity and pirouetting spacecraft in sparkling 4K UltraHD.

Stanley Kubrick’s chilly vision of a future that has now passed seems all too fitting for our era of techno-fear. Probably best to turn off Alexa before the final reel just to be on the safe side.

★★★★★

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