Sky High (2005)

Sky High
Director: Mike Mitchell
Writer: Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Cast: Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Steven Strait, Kelly Preston, Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell

Will (Michael Angarano) is the son of the Superhero couple, Jetstream (Kelly Preston) and The Commander (Kurt Russell). Unfortunately, Will himself doesn’t seem to have any superpowers. Which wouldn’t be that much of a problem if his first day at Sky High wasn’t coming up, the Superhero High School. Pressure is on: with parents like that, everybody expects great powers from him. When he gets there with his best friend Layla (Danielle Panabaker) and his powers still don’t kick in, things seem to go from bad to worse.

Sky High is a pretty standard high school movies and despite the added superpowers and the occasional poking fun at superhero tropes, it doesn’t really get geeky or even nerdy. Nevertheless it’s nice and fun.

Sky High is one of those movies that are going to be on Saturday morning TV for eternity: inoffensive, shallow family entertainment. It’s nice, but it is completely predictable and doesn’t really have anything that stands out (apart from Steven Strait epitomizing the “bad boy who hides his vulnerability” shtick. Other examples: Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You, Josh Hartnett in The Faculty).

I have to admit that that makes it a little hard to review. When something is so nice and kind of featureless, there’s nothing to hate or love or really comment on. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but what can you say about it, really?

The cast was just fine, especially Bruce Campbell and Kurt Russell just had fun with their roles. Michael Angarano always plays the same guy, but at least he’s had good practice with the character.

Summarising: I can understand that it tanked but it is very watchable.

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