Okay, so that title is a bit of a stretch. Or, you know, a lot. But in all seriousness, I unironically love this movie (I think the trend of people claiming to like something ironically is stupid and aggravating, but that’s besides the point). So without further ado, a list of the top four reasons why Sky High is awesome.
1. Punny Names
Two members of the family have super strength? Armstrong it is. His mom’s a superhero, and his dad’s a supervillain. So naturally, they have to name him Warren Peace. She’s the principal of a school that trains kids with superpowers. Duh, what else would she be called but Principal Powers?
2. Affectionate Parody
The cafeteria staff asks that sidekicks stop ordering hero sandwiches
I’m a sucker for superhero stories. Who isn’t? I’ve said before that I like it when they take themselves seriously, and I do, but this was light while still being an homage to the superhero genre, and having all the heart and feel good moments that you expect from a Disney children’s movie.
3. Lynda Goddamn Carter
This movie had the original TV Wonder Woman as the principal of a high school for people with superpowers. And it gave her a line about not being Wonder Woman. It was beautiful.
4. Almost Entirely Useless Powers
Alongside characters with standard, conventional, useful powers – super strength, flight, controlling plants, pyrokinetics, and so on – were characters that did things like shapeshift into a guinea pig, glow, and melt. Useless in ninety percent of situations? Sure. Hilarious and awesome to see applied? Absolutely.