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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Movie Review "Sky High"



Don't let the PG rating or that trite poster with the red superhero cape fool you. "Sky High" is one of the more entertaining, intriguing children's movies I've seen. The special effects alone are dazzling but there's also neatly crafted plot, with some surprisingly deep social underpinnings. "Sky High" is about a high school where teens with special powers can be trained to become different types of heroes and sidekicks. On their first day, all of the new members of the freshman class are classified as either "hero" or "sidekick" based on what their special supertalents. Those with obviously strong powers or legacies are heroes and those with weaker powers are sidekicks. All the popular kids, the usual suspects, cheerleaders, jocks, prom queens, are heroes, and the sidekicks are the underlings. One girl, the earthy, green, granola type refuses to be participate in the labeling system. One boy, the dark, gothic, brooding type is a classified hero but remains an antagonistic outcast with a sordid family history. The metaphors were all too familiar as a mirror for the American high school system down below. True to the form, the binary system turned all the heroes, and their sidekicks, into zeroes, the code turned all the figures into ones and zeroes. I don't know how, but the movie managed not to trickle down into another high school drama about the pitfalls of popularity. It wasn't about being popular, belonging to a certain clique, or high school at all. It was about larger power dynamics that incidentally can realize themselves in a high school setting. So that came out of the movie, without it getting overbearing. After all, they were kids, kids with fun hidden talents, kids that could do really cool tricks, and kids on a mission, and that's what I went to see in the first place. But like the kids and their secret powers, and the location of their schools in relationship to their normal neighborhoods, "Sky High", is on two different levels, in every sense.

4 Comments:

  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger Sherri said…

    I haven't seen it yet, but it's actually on my list of "to see" movies :) Thanks for the good review!

     
  • At 6:57 PM, Blogger sexposfemme said…

    no problem, hope you enjoy it too :)

     
  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger Ajay Shroff said…

    Thanks for stopping by my site. What did you mean by links?

     
  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger sexposfemme said…

    links to that particular article?

     

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