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Sky High
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Dec 7, 2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Mike Mitchell

Actors:
Michael Angarano
Kurt Russell
Kelly Preston

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young high-schooler spends his day-to-day life dealing with girls, cliques, his parents, and evil super-villains bent on destroying the world. You know, just your normal ever day stuff.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Surprising doesn't even begin to describe this movie. First of all, it's directed by Mike Mitchell, the man behind such movies as SURVIVING CHRISTMAS and DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO. Second, it has "cheesy Disney crap-fest" written all over it. And finally, the film is clearly trying to steal thunder from movies like THE INCREDIBLES and X-MEN. And yet, even with those issues thrown out on the table, I can still happily claim this movie kicks all sorts of ass. The action is insanely fun, the humor is very clever, and the comic-book references are enough to make any fan boy wet himself. I won't try to argue the movie's constant cheesiness and incredibly clichd plot, but I will defend it by saying those things work to its advantage. It comes across self-mocking in a way, as if the whole film was made just to poke fun at both teen comedies and superhero flicks. And yet, at the same time, it actually manages to become entry in both of the latter genres.

The only relatively annoying aspect of the film is the lame dialogue that comes up every now and again. But luckily, the movie usually counters those points by adding in some parodic remark afterwards. Like say, for example, when the evil villain gives a really lame monologue, only to end it with, "My only regret: That this may be the finest supervillain speech ever given, and you don't even know what I'm saying." Lines like this help ease the pain from all the "Disney" moments, which fortunately, don't happen too often. On a different note, I feel the need to address the fake-looking CGI, which is sure to put some people off. If you think you're one of those people, just keep in mind that although it takes some getting used to, the cartoony look of the graphics really helps set the tone of the movie. And what is that tone exactly? It's DAMN FUN, that's what it is!
THE EXTRAS
While there are a few cool things to check out, there's certainly not enough to fully satisfy fans. Do I sense a two-disc edition in the near future? Well, technically speaking, every movie on the planet is getting the two-disc treatment - heck, even GARFIELD and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN have joined the club (and that's just sad).

Alternate Opening (3:20): This nifty opening is perfect for setting the stage for the type of adventure your about to embark on, but it tells too much too soon. The opening they used is a much better fit. However, it was pretty cool to see a little more of Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston in action.

Super-Bloopers (4:18): For the most part, these goofs are funny as hell. Other parts, however, are just sort of amusing to watch. For example, you see a behind-the-scenes look at the kissing sequences with the lead teen male. At the end of each take, there's this sort of awkward feeling, so he just high-fives the chick and shouts, "Whoo!" Heh heh. What a classy lad.

Welcome to Sky High (15:18): Fun, but hardly informative. This featurette contains plenty of interviews and on-set silliness (mostly from the kids). Parts of it are interesting, so I recommend watching it.

Breaking Down the Walls: The Stunts of Sky High (7:00): A much more informative making-of featurette, detailing various aspects of the stunts and wirework. It's as interesting as it is enjoyable. Check it out.

There is also a Music Video titled "I Melt With You," by Bowling For Soup.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Believe it or not, SKY HIGH is an awesome movie. You might be put off by it at first (much like I was), but once you start getting into it, you wont want the movie to end. The only downside to this DVD is the disappointing lack of extras. Never the less, I suggest you pick this movie up right away.
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