Sky High (2005)
Plot: Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) has a lot to live up too. His parents are the most famous superheroes in the world. As Will begins his first year at Sky High, a school for up and coming superheroes, he worries his powers haven’t manifested yet. While Will faces the trials of high school, a deeper plot involving one of his father’s (Kurt Russell) old enemies begins to take place.
I’m pretty sure someone pitched this movie as Harry Potter meets the Incredibles. While it’s certainly not at the level of those movies, Sky High is still pretty damn good. This is a likable, funny, kid friendly superhero romp. Its charm is oozing out of the screen. The acting is great, and it actually has a lot of well defined and developed characters. The cast is very likable. There’s not much to Will, but Angarano holds it together just fine as the protagonist. I like Ron the Bus Driver. Kurt Russell endures and says countless clichés, but somehow manages to make them enjoyable. We get a lot of the run of the mill super powers we’ve seen before, but also a lot of really funny ones like melting and glowing. The two funniest characters by far are Kevin McDonald and Bruce Campbell as Mr. Medulla and Coach Boomer respectively. When the story is revealed at the end, it’s actually pretty clever. You get the typical high school relationship drama, which slows down the film a bit, but it’s portrayed in a good and non-annoying way. It’s a great movie for kids, but can easily be enjoyed no matter how old you are.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Kevin McDonald as Mr. Medulla
-He’s hysterical every moment he’s on screen. Perfect delivery accompanied by perfect dialogue.
Worst Performance: Nicholas Braun as Zach
-He’s the kid who glows. He’s kind of annoying and probably belongs in a surfer school and not a superhero one.
Best Line: “Yet he’ll be the one on cereal boxes. Show me the justice in that.” –Mr. Medulla
-Probably his best line. I love the opinion from the Mad Scientist teacher that the strength heroes are basically the jocks, and the science heroes do all the work but are known as the nerds.
Worst Line: “I can’t do anything more to help you. I’m not Wonder Woman, you know.” –Principal Powers
-Powers is played by Lynda Carter, who was of course Wonder Woman on the Wonder Woman television show. I think we could have done without this line.
-Not a whole lot of great fights, but Layla the plant girl unleashing plants on the duplicating Cheerleader wasn’t bad.
-I can’t believe the fat kid has super speed. That’s so weird.
-The ‘Save the Citizen’ game. Good usage of powers. It’s an all around clever and bad ass scene.
-When Gwen finally reveals herself as Royal Pain and uses the pacifier gun. It’s bad enough the Commander just stands there and gets hit. But right after that, Jetstream flies in a straight line directly at the ray. Come on! These two are supposed to be the best superheroes? What morons.
-Mr. Medulla and Coach Boomer have a great moment in the teacher’s conference room. Boomer is trying to convince Mr. Medulla to go on a double date. This is how he convinces him:
Boomer: What if I said it’s not just her twin? It’s her evil twin.
Medulla: This Friday night you say?
Boomer: Medulla, you dog.
That’s pretty funny.
Bad Ass Moment:
-When Will grabs Speed by the back, he’s still in the running motion. Will lets him go and just launches him.