Starring Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Steven Strait, Kurt Russell, and Kelly Preston. Zippy, family-friendly, and altogether pleasant, Sky High is a wholly successful fusion of two underrated film genres.
As a story, it belongs to the evolving genre of "realistic superhero" movies, wherein the heroes find their superpowers-so effective against villains-to give scant protection against everyday woes, disappointments, and anxieties.
) or derivative (it's the American Harry Potter), and the modest budget occasionally shows in clunky FX. I bought all of the friendships, dug the woeful "powers", and was suitably moved by the action sequences.
Directed by Mike Mitchell (whose previous film was Surviving Christmas, which I was virtually alone in liking), Sky High is wonderfully detailed in its presentation of life among gifted mutants, particularly if you are less gifted.
One such is Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), stressed-out son of Commander Stronghold (Kurt Russell) and Jetstream (Kelly Preston).