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The Incredibles 2: Holly Hunter on the ‘rush’ of seeing a female hero

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.

 

 

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