That this film is perfect is not news. But okay, can we talk about how well it presents Nietzsche's ideas?! It isn't really a reach, is it? The Übermensch, master-slave morality, it's all here, and the film isn't shy about it.
Because I was a 'cool' 12 year old when this came out I've always attributed that to my coldness toward it. Maybe it's just overhyped? The action sequences are impressively constructed, precisely edited and allowing space for each hero. The rest is standard superhero stuff without big laughs or big heart, the things that make me check in for Pixar. 2.5
Brad Bird moved to Pixar with this wonderful animated film after the equally impressive but box office disappointment of 'The Iron Giant'. Bird had a real feel for both the superhero and spy genre that shone through in this quite dazzling script. Voice casting was top notch as was the rendering of the magnificient set pieces throughout. Beneath the razzle dazzle was the true feeling of family which made it special.
It's so fun and happy. The characters are so likeable that even the bad guy is somewhat charismatic. There are few such movies. My favorite character has to be Edna the fashion designer. The screenplay is really even, with a nice flow and rhythm. Probably one of my favorite Pixar films.
I can't honestly say this is the most consistently clever, emotionally stirring or spectacularly animated film Pixar has ever done. But, even if if it's not great Pixar, it's still really good Pixar. It's a fun film with well-defined main characters and memorable supporting ones. Plus, for the period, the action is impressively intense and engaging.
Great, entertaining, and charming animated superhero film by Pixar that was released in the pre superhero craze days. Still holds up really well and the story is charming throwback to classic vintage comic books.