High School for Superhero Kids
Sky High
Review Review by Ross Anthony

"All that I'm asking him to do is ... save the world." And you thought your parents expected a lot out of you!

I had actually worried that this might be too much like Incredibles. You know, the whole superhero family thing -- all over again. But my worries were for naught. Sky High stands mightily on its own, albeit employing the standard workhorse movie formula, still, an original manifestation thereof.

Though tentative at the outset, the audience may need a few minutes to adjust to the film's quirky tone. Kurt Russell, more than any other character, commits to being the superhero spoof. This gives the film its backbone. The others play off Russell's staunch block chin, and are even able to be more human because of it. Michael Angarano, starring as the son of the greatest superhero, strongly captures our sympathies. He's funny, vulnerable, likable and very easy to root for. And in some strange way, reminiscent of Edward Norton (in one of his rarer comedic roles). The cameo by Lynda Carter is great fun will also bring a smile to the older crowd.

Extremely well paced, the film never lulls. And every single scene is sweetened with a bit of the spoof, some essential humor, some visual humor, and a quick gag or two just for good measure. This makes the film rich in entertainment value. I had a great time, and if you're a high schooler -- I think you'll have an even better time.

Oh, and whoever selected the tunes for the sound track -- kudos -- well picked!

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  • Sky High. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kurt Russell.
  • Directed by Mike Mitchell.
  • Screenplay by Paul Hernande and BobSchooley, Mark McCorkle.
  • Produced by Andrew Gunn at Disney.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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