It was a very fun, enjoyable movie, and it had almost all good stuff from the first movie, it is just that the story and the villain are not really stand-out and not that many new elements, but the action, humor and the characters and their family dynamics remains as great and appealing. There were many moments of great dialogue, especially between the family, as the dinner scene being a highlight. Delightful movie that made me happy and hooked all the time. Besides, the role reversal really contributes to expand the characters of Bob and Helen and create conflict, specially Bob dealing with his kids' troubles, he is as main a character ad Helen and you root for him maybe even more than her, because his problems are the grounded, more realistic side of the movie. Bob and Helen are very different characters and seeing them taking opposite roles compared to the first movie was actually far more interesting, funny and clever than I expected, revealing new layers, aspects of them and their personalities that we had not seen much before, making this movie feel really fresh for me and a true continuation of the first movie. Besides, Bob got all the screen attention in the first half in the first Incredibles movie, we did not really see that much of the family's normal life after Bob got Syndrome's call, much less Helen taking care of the kids, that only are back to the movie's spotlight when they all go to the island. This new movie gives equal attention to both Bob and Helen's routines, the movie cuts between both all the time. Helen is the center of action and her new-found excitement and thrill about super-hero action that she had forgotten and it is interesting discovering that she actually envied Bob doing illegally super-hero feats, as much as she wanted to not admit it and was, in her own words, hypocrite. Helen rediscovers her freedom as a individual, after so many years being worried more about her family than anything else. Bob is in the natural evolution of his character, ready to do what needs to be done for his family regardless if he would still prefer the action, closing his arc from the first movie. Most of the problems that he must handle just happen to explode exactly when Helen leaves, he often does the best that he could (as studying Dash's new math and trying to get Violet and Tony together and the hilarious Jack-Jack powers, always stealing the show), but Helen probably would suffer as much as him. In the first movie, she had a hard time dealing with Dash and Violet's bickering in the dinner and asked Bob's help. I loved how the screen time of all Parr Family was far more equal and balanced, Violet's in special made me really happy. My only issue is that Dash gets neglected and left far behind in his character development compared to the rest of the family.
Inferior to the first one? Clearly, but still a good, fun movie that never overshadows the characters, the Parr family remains the heart of this movie and its biggest appeal. Not an all-time classic like the first one was, but pretty good and extremely rewarding have new adventures with these characters. Ultimately, this movie really WORKED with me!