Sky High (2005)


“The kids who get bit by radioactive insects or fall into a vat of toxic waste, their powers usually show up the next day. Or – they die.” – Nurse Spex

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Jan 2007 and 12 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The son of two superheroes tries to find a way to deal with his first day in high school after still not realizing what kind of super powers he has.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and recalled it being fun, but besides that didn’t remember anything about it.

This is actually a film that has some good points to it, but overall feels lacking.

The premise is a great one and the way that they give us a unique perspective on a world filled with super humans is done well.

They find a way it show the way that kids like these not only need to deal with the difficulties of adolescents but also must deal with living in the shadows of their superhuman parents whether they be heroes, villains or sidekicks.

The curriculum taught in this school is fun to watch because of the way that they present things especially since it allows the characters to try and realize their true potential which fits in really well with the framework of this kind of world filled with super humans.

Unfortunately tho, besides these super human school peripherals, the movie feels quite bland and average in all that it does.

The characters all seem too common for a super hero film and none come across as being unique enough in all that they do.

The story is extremely predictable and fails to really live up to the potential that they seem to have here which would make things so much more enjoyable and it’s quite a shame that they missed some great opportunities with a idea like this one

Bottom Line – Somewhat fun film that gives us a unique perspective on the idea of a world populated with super heroes. The story is able to show how the children of these heroes, villains and side kicks deal with both adolescence and living in the shadows of their parents. The way that they show the kind of studies that they must endure in order to realize their potential is done well and keeps within the framework of all that is known about the world of superheroes. The biggest problem with this film is that besides the peripherals look at superheroes, the story and characters are all pretty average. None of the the characters feel unique and the story itself moves in very predictable ways which takes so much away from making this film much more enjoyable.  This is especially frustrating because their is so much more potential with such a story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The comment Mr. Boy makes, about sidekicks not wearing costumes with colors that clash with their hero’s, is a jab at comics’ most famous hero/sidekick team, Batman and Robin. Where Batman wears dark colors (blue and gray) Robin wears bright colors (Red, green and yellow).  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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