Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sky High Review











Sky High


Release Date: 8th September 2005 - Australia 


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Gunn Films
Max Stronghold Productions Inc.

Distribution 
Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia 


Genre: Family 

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes 


Budget: $35,000,000

Box Office Gross: $86,369,815 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A son of famous superheroes 
is relegated to the rank of 
sidekick on day one at Sky 
High. Despite his lack of 
super powers the wannabe 
hero gets a chance to prove 
himself when an old villain 
returns.


Cast
Michael Angarano - Will Stronghold 
Kurt Russell - Steve/The Commander
Kelly Preston - Josie/Jetstream
Danielle Panabaker - Layla
Kevin Heffernan - Ron Wilson Bus Driver
Dee-Jay Daniels - Ethan
Kelly Vitz - Magneta
Loren Berman - Little Larry
Nicholas Braun - Zach
Malika - Penny
Khadijah - Penny
Jake Sandvig - Lash
Will Harris - Speed
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Gwen/Royal Pain
Bruce Campbell - Coach Boomer
Dustin Ingram - Carbon Copy Kid
Steven Strait - Warren Peace
Cloris Leachman - Nurse Spex
Jim Rash - Mr. Grayson/Stitches
Dave Foley - Mr. Boy
Kevin McDonald - Mr. Medulla
Patrick Warburton - Royal Pain (Voice)

Crew
Director - Mike Mitchell 
Writers - Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley and Paul Hernandez
Executive Producers - Mario Iscovich and Ann Marie Sanderlin
Producer - Andrew Gunn
Production Designer - Bruce Robert Hill
Costume Designer - Michael Wilkinson
Director of Photography - Shelly Johnson
Special Effects Supervisor - Al Broussard
Visual Effects Consultant - Hoyt Yeatman
Film Editor - Peter Amundsen
Music - Michael Giacchino


Review
Before the production company Disney purchased Marvel and its characters, there was a time where the studio created their own original stories of superheroes on the silver screen. Only two successful features were released during the superhero boom of the 2000s which were THE INCREDIBLES (click here) and to a lesser extent SKY HIGH. Although the first film was an animated top dog in the previous year, the other was filmed in live action and it wasn't as successful as Disney would have hoped. SKY HIGH is said to be one of the best and most likely underrated feature to come out in the spring, but after viewing it on Foxtel, it is most surprisingly a solid coming-of-age story that has satired the traditional superhero movie clich√©s and blended well with a large dosage of teen comedy. 

Brilliantly envisioned by the men that were behind KIM POSSIBLE, it could have been a remarkable quadrilogy for SKY HIGH if there had been three more chapters as it was planned to continue the movie's characters in their years of high school until their graduation. The tongue-in-the-cheek humour was fitted much appropriately to the film and keeps the pacing of the movie fresh and watchable. The young actors and actresses did very well in the ensemble cast of teenagers who work well with Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston. It is good to see Kurt once again team up with Disney after his long-running partnership with the multi-billion dollar company.

SKY HIGH is a light-hearted and well-paced high school movie which appeals mainly to the adolescents population. This movie would be good to re-watch again as it has an interesting spin on superheroes from the perspective of high school life and mixes this element with some engaging action sequences.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


2 comments:

  1. Good review! It's goofy and silly, but I really liked this movie. :)

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    1. I would've loved this movie too, if it hadn't been a bit cheesy and yeah, it's a good film.

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