Today we’re talking about the 2006 film Zoom: Academy for Superheroes.
The story works. It’s a nice mix between superhero and underdog sports movies. It has a lot of awkward moments and more than a few scenes that could have been cut or replaced.
Yikes is Jack an asshole. Seriously, he comes shy of insulting everyone but racial minorities (and that’s probably because there are none in the movie). His turnaround from asshole burnout to father figure is not believable and neither is the love story.
Thankfully, the kids are fantastic and bring the emotional heart to the film. The secondary characters felt a little out of place and there just for gags.
The little girl acted a lot younger than my 6yo does.
Lots of ableism, racism, sexism, and just meanness. There are a few good jokes, but the movie doesn’t balance it’s slapstick, seriousness, and heart very well.
The little girl had some of the best lines.
Visuals and Music
The special effects look cheesy but still hold out pretty well. Lots of nice practical effects and I liked the comic book style of filming.
The music was so mid 00’s that it was nostalgic. I kinda want the soundtrack. It’s dated but not in a bad way.
It’s hard to like a movie when the main character is so unlikeable. The 6yo and 3yo loved it and ran around the house pretending to be Zoom or Princess.
I did enjoy the obvious twist with the scientist girl.
Despite Tim Allen’s thoroughly unlikeable character, the movie is fun and exciting with a few surprises along the way. Great movie for kids and for those who have fond memories of Smash Mouth.
Final Score: 3 Stars out of 5