ADVERTISING
 
Wednesday, April 1   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Coronavirus
Which of these online initiatives should churches prioritise?






SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



René Breuel
 

Mr Incredible is just like... me!

You need more than superpowers to flourish in your family and in life.

CULTURE MAKING AUTHOR René Breuel 25 NOVEMBER 2017 17:00 h GMT+1

Some years ago I had the delightful experience of watching The Incredibles. I wasn’t a child anymore (was I maybe 18?) and for some reason (was it a rainy holiday?) we watched it as a family.



This week I’m reading The Incredibles movie script (I’m studying a bit of screenwriting, though I should actually learn to stop using parentheses), which reminded me why I liked the movie back then.



It is well-crafted action story and an engaging cartoon. Mr. Incredible starts the movie bored and unfulfilled as a retired superhero.



Actually, his whole family shares in his tension of not being able to use their superpowers anymore: his wife Elastigirl, disappearing teenage daughter Violet, and super-fast son Dash. The plot (as you’re already guessing) is that he does not resist the temptation of helping endangered people and puts himself in trouble.



The movie’s message is similar to other superhero movies: we’re all a superhero deep inside. Or superpowers won’t make you overcome your weaknesses. Or something like that.



But The Incredibles is unique in being a family story. Mr. Incredible is a frustrated dad; Elastigirl is a wife who has to stretch herself to keep everything going; the daughter is a shy teenager who longs to disappear; the boy wants to be faster than everyone.



The movie has a clear protagonist, Mr. Incredible, but in movie-talk, it is also a four-quadrant film: you have a character to identify with whether you’re male or female, kid or adult. And it is the whole family, working together, that manages to defeat the evil guy at the end.



It is a good twist on the standard superhero movie: you need more than superpowers to flourish in your family and in life. Actually, the fantasies of power and glory that we satisfy vicariously through superhero movies may be an expression of our weakness.



At one point Elastigirl tells him: “… if we’re going to make this work, you’ve gotta be more than Mr. Incredible.”



That is the lure and the caution of superhero movies: be a superhero for a couple of hours, save the world, be respected and admired … only to find that power would not solve your deeper issues. You’ve gotta be more than Mr. Incredible.



I’m glad he found that out too.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - Mr Incredible is just like... me!
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade Jonathan Tame: Economy, looking back at the decade

The Director of the Jubilee Centre (Cambridge) analyses the impact of the financial crises on families, and the future of the workplace in a connected world, from a Christian perspective.

 
Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade Jim Memory: Europe, looking back at the decade

Jim Memory analyses the main issues that have changed Europe in the 2010-2019 decade. How should Christians live in a continent that has lost its soul?

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
VIDEO Video
 
How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers? How should Christ's love inform your parenting of teenagers?

Dave Patty shares about the notion of parenting children on God’s behalf.

 
What is a prayer meeting? What is a prayer meeting?

“Prayer is like a fire. One spark that someone prays should ignite a passion in someone else”. Mike Betts leads the network of churches Relational Mission.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.