Sky High

From start to finish, this one’s pure fun. Sky High has no pretensions to being anything more than what it is: a silly, kitschy send-up of superhero culture grafted onto the teen romance/high school genre. The script is fast and funny, the cast of kids playing the sidekicks, er, I mean “Hero Support” is winning, while Kurt Russell and Dave Foley are at their oddball/deadpan best. The result is a surprisingly clever, spirited and joyful ride. What I admire most about Sky High is that it’s able to maintain a standard of intelligence and a sympathetic engagement with its characters without once resorting to any tiresome irony or cynicism. There hasn’t been a summer entertainment — a live action, non-Pixar one that I can think of off-hand — like this one since 1999’s Galaxy Quest — another sharp, smart sci-fi lark.

Grade: A-

Directed by: Mike Mitchell
Written by: Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Cast: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Heffernan

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