"Sky High" is one of those films that most people above the age of 15 will never see, because it is a PG-rated pic about a superhero high school with somewhat cheesy graphics and a generic plot. Amazingly, it holds its own and is actually quite entertaining, even if it doesn't quite reach its potential.
Suspiciously coming after the success of "The Incredibles," "Sky High" is the latest in a series of attempts at superhero comedy, of which pretty much all live-action versions have been complete disasters. It isn't the funniest film out there, nor is it the smartest, but it has enough goofy things and just a downright innocent and fun approach that it is hard not to enjoy.
Michael Angarano stars as Will Stronghold, the son of the two greatest superheroes ever (played by Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston). Unfortunately for him, on the first day at Sky High, a high school for superheroes, he has to show to the world that he does not yet, nor may he ever, have super powers. Despite being relegated a loser by most, the most popular girl in school (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a liking to him, which in turn makes his best friend (Danielle Panabaker) jealous. As the bullies continue to come down on him and his friends, though, he begins to discover his powers, and he's going to need everything he has when an old arch nemesis of his parents shows up for some revenge...
Directed by Mike Mitchell, who did "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo" and "Surviving Christmas," the movie has a very comic book-esque look to it, which I'm not sure is good or bad. There are some scenes where the comic violence is a bit too goofy in terms of visual effects, but surprisingly I sort of got used to it and almost appreciated the film more for having a unique flavor.
The screenplay and actors are all pretty standard; none are great, but they clearly are having fun with the material. It would have been nice if the script had more references to comic books for humor's sake, but perhaps that is expecting a bit much.
By the way, did I mention Bruce Campbell is in this movie?
"Sky High" is a surprisingly fun little picture that can entertain the whole family. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse, and all around it is entertaining from beginning to end.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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