Go See

Sky High. First good movie I’ve seen this year, and I’ve seen a bunch of them. It was original — and when I say that, I don’t just mean it wasn’t a remake or a sequel or a televisioningevent (shudder) like, say, Bewitched.

I mean it was actually original. It had some laugh-out-loud dialogue, some fun characters, some special effects that were not the point of the movie but that were in fact cleverly used to help tell the story (and what a concept that is). The characters were well, if not deeply, drawn; the story was charming.

No, it wasn’t an event. It won’t shatter your conception of reality, or change the way you look at the world. It was just a good story about teenagers and parents and life, told through the distorting lens of superherodom. It was worth the bucks for the tickets and the popcorn and the drinks, though, and after a string of miserable summer entries, it’s wonderful to be able to say that about a movie.

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4 comments… add one
  • elementalmuse Aug 8, 2005 @ 18:23

    Wasn’t sure about this movie, but now that I’ve read your comments I think I’ll take my kids to see it. With the dismal fare shoveled out this summer, it’ll be nice to find a decent movie we can all enjoy.

    Thanks!

  • joela Aug 8, 2005 @ 15:57

    Very much in agreement. I have to admit, though, I agree with some reviewers that the adults were more entertaining than the teens who I just found awkward. Hmmm. Maybe that was the intent.

  • tambo Aug 8, 2005 @ 12:20

    The kid and I go to a lot of movies and while some have sucked rocks, most have been “Eh, it was okay. Glad we went to a matinee.” I think the last really GOOD movie we saw was Million Dollar Baby. Batman Begins was decent, but I don’t think we’ll be buying the DVD.

    Where have all the good movies gone?

  • Avenir Aug 8, 2005 @ 12:02

    My sentiments exactly! For the first time since I believe Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I’ve wanted to go back and see a movie again enough that I wouldn’t mind paying again.

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