Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
This movie is the proof that the world is becoming a sick and dumb place
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Sick Product of a Sick System
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Great Film overall
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Like the great film, it's made with a great deal of visible affection both in front of and behind the camera.
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Teenager Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) struggles with the expectations of being the son of the world's greatest superheroes, The Commander and Jetstream (Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston), as well as the everyday trials and tribulations of life at Sky High, a school for youngsters with special powers.I ostensibly bought Sky High on DVD for my kids to enjoy, but had it scheduled for a watch myself since it starred two of my favourite babes from yesteryear, Lynda 'Wonder Woman' Carter and Kelly Preston (both of whom still look great), as well as current hotties Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Danielle Panabaker. What surprised me was that, quality babeage from across the age spectrum aside, Sky High is actually a very entertaining film, a lively, colourful experience full of engaging characters and packed with inventive special effects.Directed by Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After), the film is a well paced teen adventure, with a heartwarming message about teamwork and accepting others for who they are. Helping to make the whole affair even more fun are some great supporting performances, with Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell as Sonic Boom, who decides who will be hero or sidekick, the aforementioned Lynda Carter as the school principal, and Cloris Leachman as the school nurse (special power: X-ray eyes). This being a Disney production, the film more than delivers on the feel-good factor, with an ending guaranteed to leave a smile on the viewer's face.
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Just when the Sam Raimi Spiderman movies were getting the comic book movie boom started, this little homage/parody was rolled out by Disney. For about the only time I can remember, the Disney marketing machine totally failed, because Sky High has sort of been forgotten in the flood of recent super hero blockbusters.Like all of the best parodies, this movie doesn't set out to make fun of a genre in a mean-spirited way, it embraces super hero story quirks while tweaking them.Sky High manages to blend teen coming of age comedy with super hero mythology and turns in a terrific story that can be enjoyed by kids (the obviously targeted Disney Demographic) and their parents.
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Being a teenager isn't easy, nor is being a superhero; having both these things combined together makes things both more interesting and a heck of a lot harder. This is film that unfortunately flew under the radar, this almost seems like another passable live action Disney film but trust me this in my opinion is one of their good ones that has plenty of altitude.I like the story, it's true the format is nothing too special now nor is it really anything new, but it's really in it's execution that makes it work. It feel almost like it could of been an anthology tale for the "Astro City" graphic novel series, the concept of a high school for super heroes I think is cool, I would've loved to of gone to this school. I really like the classes which I feel actually teach something useful. Mixing teen angst and the superhero fantasy format almost seems like a bad idea but they actually made it work. It's actually fun and at the same time has genuine teen drama (at least I think so).Effects are good, I wouldn't say anything spectacular. I really like the production value, everything is really colorful giving it almost a comic book like atmosphere but at the same time grounded in actual reality. Action is decent, I liked the final battle but mainly I really liked the "Save the Citizen" game, which is pretty much a tag team battle game. Music is also good, the theme song is solid.However what makes this film work for me are the characters and the humor I think is very good and clever, I really like how there are a lot of satire and parody on some of the superhero/comic clichés. As well as reference jokes mainly most of them on the 60's "Batman" TV series. One of my favorite comical moments was the hero/sidekick placement test and Will is up which I find both funny and sad at the same time, it's kinda a parody on our common fear of stage fright.But I really like the superhero teen characters, all of them are unique, let alone have a trademark clothing color and equally sympathetic.Will Stronghold (Michael Angrano) is a solid protagonist, he's a typical teen that is insecure and just trying to find his place in the fold of things. This character experiences both ends of the sidewalk, where in the first half he is powerless and is getting crap canned like all the other sidekicks. And the sidekicks in this film are the ones that have powers less than extraordinary or not useful enough which back then was a cliché for sidekicks in comics. In this film they represent the typical outsiders, geeks, nerds, anyone different in any way. Though he does get superpowers in the second half but unfortunately that's only the beginning of all new problems as he becomes popular and hangs out with the people that are in the hero faction (though personally I don't thing most of them are due to how they treat the sidekicks) he becomes alienated from his friends and more alone than he thinks.Layla (Danelle Panabaker) whom I think is hot, she's the sweet supportive best friend to Will and has developed feelings for him. I like the chemistry between both of them, it really felt genuine like both really have been friends for a long time. From those we automatically know she's the one for Will, the plain fact she doesn't have him yet and a lot stands in her way mainly Gwen (played well by Mary Elesebeth Winstead also hot)whom is the typical looks right but all wrong girl; all the more makes us want Layla to win.Warren Peace (Steven Strait) he's my favorite character. He's brooding, angry, a loner which is something I can emphasize with I'm one myself. But deep down is a bit of a softy and actually deep down whether he wants to admit it or not wants friends in his life.And I like the small roles the adult cast members play, from Bruce Cambell (on a side note a fan of the "Evil Dead" films) as Coach Boomer whom is hilarious. Lynda Carter as Principal Power whom on a side note was "Wonder Woman" in the 70's TV show so that serves as irony, let alone she makes a verbal reference joke to it. But my favorite is Kurt Rusell whom is one of my favorite actors and on a side note is an alumni to Disney since he made his start in live action films for the company in the 70's. Anyway he plays Steve Stronghold whom is a proud dad that is loving but at the same time a bit of a muscle head.The film does have a lot of good messages like not letting labels define you but also simply what it means to be a true hero.The only real shame of this film was that it didn't become a franchise. Personally I wouldn't of minded a sequel, I would of loved to of seen what more the Sky High gang would of done, save the world next. I don't know, but still I couldn't feel that afterward they could of done even more.Oh well, overall Sky High has plenty of altitude and I feel is worth a visit.Rating: 3 stars
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Will is getting ready for his first day of high school, his parents are super heroes who are fighting with giant robots to save the town and he is looking forward to arrive at his new school to discover what powers he has left from his father and mother as inheritance. Together with his friends he goes by bus but cannot walk up there so it turns into a plane that will take them there. Here he meets beautiful Gwen witch he will fall for her later. At a class each of those present have to show their powers in front of professor but surprisingly Will seem to possess no super-natural power when all his teammates have a hidden talent. So students are divided into two groups and Will be part of a group of people without any special skill. Falling prey to Gwen's charms he departs from Layla his best girl-friend since elementary school when not attending the meeting that they agreed because Gwen was at his home. All school learn the true identity of Gwen, who has a secret plan and Will after he discovers his powers will have to fight against her along with his friends to save the school and his parents.The film seems to be a kind of X-men or a modern Harry Potter pretty well done and it's a movie for all age categories.