Michael After Midnight: Sky High
Have you ever seen something that, at face value looks like it will be the dumbest thing ever, but, shockingly, it turns out to be really fuckin’ cool? That’s pretty much Disney’s Sky High in a nutshell, a weird fusion of X-Men and Harry Potter that really shouldn’t be as good as it is, and yet… it is.
An often overlooked but definitely noteworthy film, it was made by the same folks behind beloved cartoon Kim Possible and features a shockingly impressive cast with such names as Kurt Russell, Bruce Campbell, Lynda Carter, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. All of these factors and more will make you scratch your head and wonder: “Why the hell isn’t this more famous?”
The plot of this film is seemingly simple: in a world filled with heroes, they gotta learn the tricks of the trade somewhere, right? Well, they do, at the flying high school known as Sky High, which is where Will Stronghold is sent by his two parents, who are some of the most famous superheroes in the world. There’s just one problem: Will seemingly has no powers, which basically dooms him to being a sidekick, the ultimate in embarrassing superhero jobs. He befriends a bunch of other sidekick material folk, is confronted by Warren Peace, son of a supervillain his parents put away, and finds himself in one predicament after another as he tries to survive the school year. Will Will make it through, or is he going to fall prey to the supervillain scheme brewing under everyone’s noses?