THE odds of a lightning strike on the same spot, 14 years apart, are astronomical so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that the long-awaited sequel to Disney Pixar's masterpiece falls tantalisingly short of the genius of its predecessor.

Incredibles 2 is bigger in scope and ambition than the original and boasts thrilling action set pieces as well as a familiar menagerie of endearing characters including diminutive fashion oracle Edna Mode voiced by writer-director Brad Bird. The sequel exploits the burgeoning powers of the youngest and cutest member of the Parr clan, baby Jack-Jack, for uproarious laughs and there are some terrific sequences in which the adorable toddler cycles through his various powers to the mounting dismay of his exhausted father.

The second film begins after the dust has settled from the epic showdown between villain Syndrome and protectors Bob Parr aka Mr Incredible (voiced by Craig T Nelson), Helen Parr aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile). Public affection is waning for the Superhero Relocation Program but thankfully, ardent fan Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his techno-savvy sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) believe they can turn the tide and they propose that Elastigirl fronts an aggressive publicity campaign while Bob takes care of Jack-Jack.

Bird's sequel is effortlessly entertaining and when the script hits its mark, guffaws come thick and fast, but memories of the flawless original film temper enthusiasm for this return to dysfunctional super-powered family life.

Certificate: PG

Running Time: 125 mins

Star Rating: 4/5