We Can Be Heroes (2020) Review

It’s incredibly corny and formulaic, but there Is something endearing about it.  Even if the effects are terrible and everything just a bit…over the top.

Certificate: PG

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken

Genre: Action, Comedy

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s superheroes, their kids are whisked away to a government safe house. But whip-smart tween Missy Moreno will stop at nothing to rescue her superhero dad, Marcus Moreno. Missy teams up with the rest of the superkids to escape their mysterious government babysitter, Ms. Granada. If they’re going to save their parents, they’ll have to work together by using their individual powers – from elasticity to time control to predicting the future – and form an out-of-this-world team. Written by Netflix

If you have seen ‘Spy Kids’, or cult darling ‘The Adventures Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ also by this director, then you will have a good idea what you are going to be in for here.  This is a superhero movie designed for and aimed at kids.  It’s terribly corny, everything from the dialogue to the special effects are a little dumbed down.  But in this day and age with digital effects advanced the way they are, it kid of feels like it is meant to be that way. Otherwise this is just lazy.

While all the more famous faces are among the adults, they aren’t the main stars of the show,  The story is really carried by the kids,  and is about the kids.  It’s their character development that is important, and how they learn to work as a team.  The adults don’t really play that big of a role in the film at all after they get captured, they are just there for a little bit of comedic relief now and then.  And all the kids do a great job, engaging and interesting, they give their all to all their characters, even if their array of superpowers aren’t exactly run of the mill.

But if you have seen any superhero film, and it’s hard to believe there is anyone left on earth who hasn’t seen at least one in the last ten years, then you will know this whole plot backwards.  Sure the little twist in the final act of the film wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and it was all just a little too twee for me, I do like that while the film was totally formulaic, there were moments when the kids were able to make fun of the tropes and stereotypes in superhero films, and therefore make fun of themselves.  That kind of self aware humour is always a good laugh.

Adults will probably find this borderline awful, but for kids, who will enjoy the bright costumes and witty humour, this will probably be a hit. 

‘We Can Be Heroes’ is Streaming now on Netflix.

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