BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,

Wow ...

OK, so it's supposed to be a kids movie ... but you HAVE to go see Sky High! I'm pretty sure that The Wife and I enjoyed it more than The Girls did ... especially given the casting. The film was nicely paced (only one scene went on "too long"), and had just enough "drama" to build to a "heroic" pay-off against a truly "surprise" super-villain. As some reviewers have noted, this is sort of Spy Kids crossed with The Incredibles crossed with X-Men, with nods to all sorts of TV/movie classics (like the twin firepoles, ala the Batman TV series, to get to the secret sanctuary).

However, the joy of this movie goes beyond the homages woven through the sets and costumes, it's a veritable menagerie of familiar faces playing tonge-in-cheek comicbook sterotypes. Aside from the protagonist's A-list super-hero parents, played by Kurt Russel and Kelly Preston, it has two Kids In The Hall alums, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald, playing faculty members, along with Bruce Campbell as the gym coach, Lynda Carter as the principal (who does get off a "Wonder Woman" joke at the end), and even an ancient-looking Cloris Leachman as the school nurse. Additionally, a number of incidental adult roles feature actors better known for their voice talent than their faces (for example that cowering homebuyer towards the end of the film is the guy who supplies the voice of both The Mayor and The Narrator from The Power Puff Girls)..

Of course, all those faces/voices don't mean much to under-10 crowd, but they certainly keep things amusing for the parents. Again, this is probably paced and themed to a sub-13 audience (so don't look for high drama/tension or a lot of backstory), but it successfuly avoids those "is this thing ever going to get over with" stretches that I frequently find myself in when attending movies with The Girls. Aside from the "dirt dog" voice in my head (which also wanted to see Ella Enchanted as a porno), I found nothing wanting in this film ... well, with the exception of popcorn ... about 1/4 of the way through I was regretting our decision to forgo popcorn for a bag of Skittles ... so, anyway, I highly recommend this one (oh, and get the popcorn)!

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