Today we’re talking about the 2005 film Sky High.
A wonderful and terrible amalgam of John Hughes, American Pie, and early 2000’s superheroes. The story has all the beats you expect and cringe at. It’s an extremely derivative story.
The characters are fun archetypes. I love the tough brooding guy with heart of gold trope. Nice to see the hippy nature lover as a love interest. The rest of the kids are a weak attempt at inclusion and underdogs.
The actors are all quite good. I’m particularly impressed by the main character, who manages to sound like a younger Kurt Russell.
It’s a love story to superhero movies and comic books. The dialogue references so many different movies and manages that 2000’s innocence without coming off as fake. There are also quite a few good quips.
Visuals and Music
The visuals are pretty good for its age and budget bracket. Most of the effects were practical and the sets were real. All this makes it look less dated then a lot of other movies that came out at the time. The cinematography and fight scenes are also surprisingly well done.
The soundtrack is nearly completely 80’s music remade by early 2000’s bands and hits me right in the nostalgia. The score is very good.
Despite the teen cringe factor, the movie is a lot of fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and the actors use that to both ham it up and deliver surprisingly nuanced roles.
The kids loved it and the rest of us did too.
The story might be derivative and the teen love story a little cringy, but it’s a loving homage to superheroes that feels dated but still a lot of fun.
Final Score: 3.5 Stars out of 5