Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sky High movie


I've seen Disney's movie Sky High more than once, but apparently never reviewed it here before.

14 year old Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano) is about to start his first day of high school and he's attending his parents' alma mater, so the pressure to live up to their legacy is huge. But the pressure's even greater than most kids face since Will's parents (Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston) are the biggest superheroes known to humanity. As The Commander and Jetstream, they work together to save the world. But Will has a big problem; he has no super powers of his own. So when he gets to Sky High, Will is quickly put in the Sidekicks' class, something he tries to keep from his parents. Even so, he quickly makes friends and begins to settle in - he even attracts the attentions of the beautiful student body president, something unheard of for a freshman in the Sidekick class, or Hero Support if you prefer.

However, danger lurks around every corner and Will finds himself with an arch nemesis on his first day on campus, and someone is watching the Strongholds' "Secret Sanctum". Are Will's super-powers going to develop in time to help him cope with these problems, which only multiply when an old villain with a new power reappears on the scene, ensuring the pressure is on Will and his sidekick friends to save his parents, his school, and the earth itself !

OK, being Disney, this film's got a fairly strong "message", but that doesn't mean it isn't funny and enjoyable too. I particularly enjoyed Lynda Carter's brief appearances as the school principal, Principal Powers, and she manages to get the best line in the whole movie.

Sky High is also available from Amazon.com.

6 comments:

Jen Robinson said...

I'm a sucker for Disney movies, and quite enjoyed this one. Thanks for the reminder.

Erin said...

THE best line being....?? (Sorry, it's been forever since I've seen this...) :)

Kelly said...

I loved this one too, Michele. It's silly, but sweet. I loved the 80s references. Just a good time, which is nothing to be scoffed at.

Michele said...

Oh I'm glad that I'm not the only one who enjoyed it...

Erin - the best line is just as Principal Powers is walking out of the detention room, and she says to Royal Pain, et al.

"What a waste. I can't do anything more to help you. I'm not Wonder Woman, you know."

Which admittedly is only funny if you know Linda Carter used to play Wonder Woman!

MotherReader said...

I'm glad to see the good words on this movie. From the previews I couldn't tell if it was going to be decent, but I trust all of your opinions. I'll put it on our Netflicks.

Michele said...

Let us know what you think of it afterwards, please MR !