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Mr Incredible faces home truths in new mission, writes Sarah Olowofoyeku

In reality, he isn't coping

SUPERS are illegal, which means that the Incredibles have been forced into hiding. Bob, aka Mr Incredible (voiced by Craig Nelson), resigns himself to the fact that he will have to work in an office. But then, in Incredibles 2, released at cinemas yesterday (Friday 13 July), he receives a special invitation.

The invitation is from Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk), head of a large corporation called Devtech. The billionaire businessman is a huge supporter of superheroes and wants to ‘make all supers legal again’ with the help of the superheroes themselves.

He welcomes the superhero couple Mr Incredible and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), along with their long-time friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), to Devtech headquarters to tell them his plan.

‘What is the main reason you were forced underground?’ Winston asks.

‘Ignorance,’ Mr Incredible replies.

Winston corrects him. ‘Perception,’ he says. ‘We need to change people’s perceptions about superheroes.’

The public have been presented with the idea that superheroes only cause damage and destruction, but Winston plans to show that they actually make a positive contribution to society.

When Winston decides that Elastigirl, aka Helen, is the best super for the job of changing public perception, Bob struggles to come to terms with the fact that his wife has been chosen instead of him.

Helen hesitates to take up her job, because it means leaving her family and fighting crime as a superhero, which is still an illegal activity. But eventually she accepts the position and suits up for her solo adventure.

Meanwhile Bob is left at home, getting to grips with his new family mission as a full-time father. Taking care of a teenage daughter with boy troubles, a ten-year-old boy racer and a baby who is just discovering his own super powers, Bob has his hands full.

He reassures his wife that everything is fine so she can carry on with her task. But in reality, he isn’t coping.

Looking after the children requires powers far different from the ones he has previously used to save people. He feels defeated.

When it seems everything is falling apart, he tells his daughter: ‘I’m used to knowing what the right thing to do is, but now I’m not sure.’

Being thrust into a new and difficult situation can often be uncomfortable, especially if we are on our own. If we don’t know how to respond or if we make mistakes, we may feel as though we have failed.

But we can look to someone who is greater than us. In the Bible, Moses – known for leading the Israelites on their exodus from slavery in Egypt – tells his people: ‘There is no one like the God of Israel, who rides through the skies to help you’ (Deuteronomy 33:26 New Century Version).

The message is that God is always ready to come to our rescue.

Whatever our predicament may be, if we turn to God, we can experience not only his love and forgiveness, but also his help when we are in trouble.

What could be more super than that?

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