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IncrediblesSo, my family and I were watching The Incredibles for the 53rd time and I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before.  For those of you who have already seen the film, be patient for just a moment.

TI is about a family of superheroes who fight to save the world.  Mr. Incredible fell in love with Elastigirl and they made a family of supers.  As happy as all of this sounds, they actually have to live in hiding, so to speak.  You see, Mr. Incredible was doing his “thing” saving people and put supers around the world in jeopardy.

While Mr. Incredible was on top of a building, he saw a would-be jumper and dove to save him from his sure death.  While he was saving this suicidal citizen he stopped a bank robbery and saved an elevated train from plummeting to the earth.  However, through all of his heroic acts, he discovered that some of these people did not want to be saved.  Therefore, the supers were sued and forced into hiding because some people just didn’t want to be saved.

The nuance I noticed on this viewing was the name of the individual Mr. Incredible saved – Mr. Sansweet.  This was the one individual that destroyed the supers’ organization.  This was the one individual who brought destruction to a people attempting to save humanity.  This one individual wanted to end his life and his selfishness led to widespread destruction.  His name – Sansweet.  It struck me that the word “sans” means “without”.  Therefore, you could say that his name literally means “Without Sweetness”.  In other words, this guy was without sweetness and worked in such a way to bring destruction.

Mr. Sansweet (without having any prior knowledge of him) wanted to end his life.  Maybe he was in financial trouble?  Maybe he was lonely?  Maybe no one showed him the love every human longs for?  Whatever the case, he decided to jump off of a building with the hopes of ending his life.  When, however, an individual (Mr. Incredible) decides to save his life, it drives Mr. Sansweet to hatred – not love.  He moves forward in a suit that would benefit him financially and bring about difficulty for the supers, as well as, the citizens who have been under their care.

This got me to thinking about humanity’s “Mr. Sansweet”.  There was this beautiful angel named, Lucifer.  He had happiness, unity, joy, but he was still unsatisfied.  Why?  He was self-focused.  Instead of being happy with unimaginable joy, he wanted more.  Therefore, he pursued suicide over joy.  He left the life that was graciously given to him and dove head-first into a suicidal path of destruction.

You see, Satan did not appreciate the love he was lavished.  He did not rest content in the life that was created and granted to him.  Instead he selfishly sought for more.  He was Mr. Sansweet.  In other words, he lacked sweetness.  He lacked love.  He lacked joy and his selfish act brought about a path of destruction ever since his appearance in the garden.

However, Love wouldn’t allow selfishness to have that last word.  Love didn’t stand to the side.  Love didn’t give up.  Love left His throne and made sure selflessness would reign supreme.  Instead of allowing the selfish suicide of “Mr. Sansweet” to reign supreme, Jesus allowed Satan to pursue another form of suicide – the cross.

As John Piper once said, the day Jesus died on the cross was the day Satan committed suicide.  You see, Satan knew he had lost.  Satan knew he had been defeated.  Satan knew that his selfish acts had not brought him life, rather, death.  All of that to say, Satan is our Mr. Sansweet.  He’s not a sweet guy – in fact, he’s pure evil.  However, we have a King who does not allow sin and selfishness to reign.  Instead, he brought a selflessness to this earth and it’s allowed peace and love to dominate this creation that’s filled with Mr. Sansweets like you and me.

Yesterday we looked at the John’s top 10 lists, today we will look at Emilio and Josh’s.  Enjoy!

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Unbreakable
  2. The Departed
  3. Pulp Fiction
  4. The Big Lebowski
  5. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  6. The Goonies
  7. The Incredibles
  8. Return of the Jedi
  9. Hot fuzz
  10. Gladiator

Josh’s Top 10:*

  1. Princess Bride
  2. Uncle Buck
  3. Unbreakable
  4. Jumanji (unless you count Zathura)
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  6. The Italian Job (word is that the sequel is in the works)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  8. Napoleon Dynamite (the cartoon series doesn’t count)
  9. Spaceballs
  10. Avatar (just kidding…please don’t encourage this!!)

*Disclaimer:  I had a really hard time with this list.  Sequels make me nervous.  No one wants to ruin a good film.  This is the best I could do…don’t hate…

This is the last post in our three-part series on trilogies.  We comprised a top 10 list on best trilogies and movies that should have stopped at one installment.  Today and tomorrow we will be looking at films that should have made a sequel.  All of this talk about trilogies was sparked because of the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  A film that could prove to complete one of the best  film trilogies in recent years, if not, of all time.  One may scoff at that, but consider the trilogies that have been made.  It’s difficult to find a trilogy which contains films that are equal, or better, than the initial installment.  Therefore, enjoy our last list of this series on trilogies and look forward to other Reel Lists down the road.

John Perritt’s Top 10:

  1. Willow
  2. Stargate
  3. The Incredibles
  4. Unbreakable
  5. Dumb & Dumber (I know this sequel is almost confirmed)
  6. E.T.
  7. The Last Starfighter
  8. The Goonies
  9. The Breakfast Club
  10. Clue

John Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. True Lies
  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  3. Flash Gordon
  4. Elf
  5. Sahara
  6. Independence Day
  7. The Incredibles
  8. Unbreakable
  9. Finding Nemo
  10. Blade Runner