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The Incredibles 2

I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I just re-watched the first movie and boy is it good. There are so many subtle references to our own culture and the little things families face everyday, and there are so many laugh-out-loud moments and amazing quotes that I still use today like Dash saying “I love our family” or Edna telling Elastigirl to “Pull yourself together!” or Frozen arguing with his wife about his Supersuit.

So boy was I excited to walk into the theater and finally watch the sequel. I love the little shorts they play before every Pixar movie and this one was good too, it made me cry and was so sweet. And then the Incredibles started, picking up right where we’d left off in the first movie with our super family fighting the Underminer. It was full of great action and comedy. I loved seeing the family having to work together and so eager to help each other.

I don’t want to give away the entire plot, but I can say that this movie was very enjoyable to watch. I especially liked seeing how the family had to adjust to Jack Jack’s new powers and Edna Mode’s reappearance. I also really appreciated the struggle the Parr family went through of trying to do what they know is right while still respecting the authorities that deemed their actions illegal. It’s been something that society and the church has had to deal with over and over. How to submit to authority but still influence culture for good? When to obey and when to stand up and say this is wrong? It’s something we’ve been discussing in my church recently and one of the things my pastor said was that Christians should be the best citizens and work with the government and help them with their God-given responsibility, so that if there’s ever a time when Christians have to go against what the government is doing, it’s seen as abnormal.

Anyway, back to the movie. One of the sweetest moments was seeing Bob Parr trying to connect with his daughter and apologize for his mistakes. It was a good reminder that no one is a perfect parent and admitting your faults can go a long way towards forgiveness and closeness in relationships.

It was a little easy to see the plot twist coming in this movie, but it was still a lot of fun to watch and I would gladly see it again.

I probably won’t get to write another blog for awhile. I’m heading to London with my church this week. I’m excited to get to share what God does when I get back but that won’t be till July. So until then, I hope y’all have a good summer and maybe get a chance to see The Incredibles 2.

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My Favorite Pixar Movies

In honor of the new Pixar movie coming out this Friday: Inside Out, I thought I’d do a list of my Top 5 Pixar movies. Now I’ve grown up on Pixar movies and I have to say all of them are good, so it’s really hard to narrow them down to the best ones. But I’ll try my best.

Before I start, I need to give a shout out to Finding Nemo. It would have made it on this list except that it was my favorite movie when I was younger. So I watched it so many times that I got tired of it. It’s a great movie with a great story, memorable characters and great music, but unfortunately it will always be hard for me to watch because it was seen too often. Maybe Finding Dory will fix this for me, but for now, it doesn’t make it in the top 5.

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So on to Number 5: Ratatouille
When I first saw this movie, I didn’t love it, but after multiple viewings it’s gotten better and better. I love Linguini’s antics and the fact that Remy does not speak English but is in fact a rat. There are so many quotes I love from this movie, that I use everyday such as “Let’s do this thing!”

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Number 4 is: Wall-E
I wasn’t sure about this movie when I first saw it, since there is very little dialogue but I’ve found it’s one I can watch again and again. The love story between Wall-E and Eve is so cute and the constant playing of old musical music gives it a joyful quality that is endearing.

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Number 3 is: Cars
Cars has been one of my favorites since it came into theaters. I love the music and still play Life is a Highway on every road trip I go on. Not only is the music amazing but the story is so beautiful. I love the message of taking life slow and actually building relationships with other people (or in this case cars).

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Number 2 is: The Incredibles
I think the Incredibles passes up other Pixar movies for me, simply because it reminds me of my own family. I love how real the relationships are in this movie, how the little arguments and discussions perfectly reflect real life issues in real families. But in the end, even with all the craziness I can say along with Dash “I love our family.”

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And finally number 1 is: Toy Story 2
I love all the Toy Story movies but #2 is my favorite because it came out during the right time in my life. The first Toy Story was a bit scary to me when I saw it for the first time, and even though I loved Toy Story 3, there’s something special to me about the second movie. I saw it three times in theaters alone and again and again since. I love the storyline of Woody being kidnapped or toynapped and all of the other characters going on a rescue mission. Plus any of the Toy Story movies have countless jokes that keep me laughing. The addition of Jessie and Bullseye probably helped too. It was also the first time I’d seen animated movies create a blooper real, that I found hilarious as a kid.

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So there’s my list. It probably differs form yours, and it may change for me in the future. Especially with Inside Out coming out this week and Amy Poehler, one of my favorite comedians, playing a large role, this list may change before the week it done.

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