Will Stronghold (Angarano) is the son of the most famous superheroes
on the planet, The Commander (Russell) and Jetstream (Preston), and great
things are expected from him. On his first day at the superhero high school
Sky High, every student is expected to reveal their powers so Coach Boomer
(Campbell) can assign them either hero or sidekick status but the problem
is that Will has actually developed any powers yet.
With all the seriousness of the current comic book adaptations,
can a superhero movie with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek save the
A school for superheroes might not be the most original of
ideas as it has already been covered, albeit in a serious manner, in the
X-Men movies but 'Sky High' injects some lightness and comedy into the now
serious genre. Much like Pixar did with the brilliant 'Incredibles', the
movie takes the superhero mythos and combines it with the 60s clichés that
made the genre fun.Here we have Superhero offspring going to school together
but with all the same pressures as any normal high school.
Instead of the popular and unpopular kids we now have Heroes
and Sidekicks (or hero support as they like to be known). This is an enforced
divide by the assessment of Coach Boomer, played by the brilliant Bruce
Campbell, who has the freshmen students show him their powers and he assigns
their status. So the kids with extraordinary powers like flight, speed and
strength become heroes and those with powers like turning themselves into
small rodents, puddles of goo or glowing in the dark become sidekicks. The
divide transforms the movie into your usual high school angst flick but
the inclusion of superpowers makes this all the more fun.
While the adult cast such as Kurt Russell as the Commander,
Kelly Preston as Jetstream, Kevin McDonald as egghead science teacher Mr.
Medulla, Dave Foley as sidekick teacher Mr. Boy and the legendary Lynda
Carter as Sky High's Principal Powers bring some class to the proceedings,
they are only there to support the young ensemble cast. Leading the group
is a good performance from Michael Angarano as Will Stronghold. He plays
the teenager with the weight of expectation on his shoulders extremely well.
He makes Will very likeable even when he gets dragged into the hero set.
Her received good support from fellow sidekicks Danielle Panabaker as his
best friend Layla, Nicholas Braun as the overly confident Zach and Kelly
Vitz as the rebellious Magenta.
'Sky High' is very good family fun that captures everything
that makes superheroes so appealing. The story might be simple and slightly
clichéd but that is the point. With good special effects that bring the
superpowers to life and characters that you can really get behind, this
is a super family film that everyone can enjoy.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Alternative Opening (3.14 mins)
Watch Royal Pain's original plan unfold as he takes on the Commander and
Jetstream for the first time.
Super Bloopers (4.20 mins)
Watch as Michael Angarano struggles with kissing and the cast going through
take after take until they get it right.
Music & More (4.07 mins)
Watch the music video by Bowling for Soup for the song 'I melt with you'
Welcome to Sky High (15.21 mins)
Director Mike Mitchell, producer Andrew Gunn and stars Michael Angarano,
Danielle Panabaker, Dee Jay Daniels, Malika, Khadijah, Nicholas Braun,
Kevin McDonald, Kelly Vitz, Jake Sandvig, Will Harris and Steven Strait
take you behind the scenes of the making of 'Sky High'. We see the differences
between Heroes and Sidekicks and all the stunts involved in the production
of the movie.
Breaking Down Walls: The Stunts of Sky High (7.02 mins)
Director Mike Mitchell, producer Andrew Gunn, stunts coordinator Scott
Rogers, executive producer Ann Marie Sander and stars Michael Angarano,
Danielle Panabaker, Dee Jay Daniels, Nicholas Braun, Bruce Campbell and
Kelly Preston show you how the stunts of 'Sky High' were produced. We
see how the cast did their own stunts including all the smashing through
Previews for 'Herbie Fully Loaded', 'Ice Princess', 'Aliens of the Deep',
'Kronk's New Groove' and 'Lady and the Tramp'
The DVD treatment for 'Sky High' is OK but it could have been so much
better. The featurette are goo but the lack of deleted scenes or a commentary
track lets it release down slightly, especially for a Disney release.
There is still much to enjoy however but fans might have wanted more.
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