Movie Review: 'We Can Be Heroes'

'We Can Be Heroes' is a 2020 American superhero film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. The movie 'We Can Be Heroes' was released on Netflix on December 25, 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic.

We Can Be Heroes
We Can Be Heroes

Robert Rodriguez established his own style in strip-cartoon type graphics, gaudy color schemes, and affordable digital effects for his children's films a long time ago, most notably with the actually delightful and now almost 20-year-old gem Spy Kids, starring Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino.

'We Can Be Heroes' is a sequel to Robert Rodriguez's completely disposable 2005 kids' movie 'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D', which felt like he slapped together in his edit suite in a month. This sequel is not quite as irritating, but it still has the same tendency to conflate hyperactivity with vitality.

Taylor Dooley reprises her role as Lavagirl, however the original Sharkboy, Taylor Lautner, was reportedly unavailable for this film, thus his persona is now hidden behind a mask. In any case, these characters are just cameos. It's all about the new tween age now, the quirky, moody kids of superheroes, especially Missy Moreno. YaYa Gosselin beautifully portrayed the character of Missy Moreno, the daughter of Marcus Moreno (The Mandolarian's Pedro Pascal who also appears as a supervillain in Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 1984). Missy is played superbly by YaYa Gosselin, who, like her father and late mother, had exceptional leadership abilities. To carry off roles in a self-aware superhero film like this, almost all of the child performers in this film have action skills and superb comedic timing. Also, keep in mind that they're shooting on a green-screened set for a large portion of the movie, which can't be simple. She and a group of Gen Z peers are cooped up in a creche-style school classroom in the grownup superheroes' HQ, overseen by the strict Ms Granada, until they realize they must defend the planet from an extraterrestrial invasion. Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra played the character of Ms Granda, a twisted character.

The film is rated TV-PG for some mild cartoonish violence, but it is clearly appropriate for children aged 6 and up to see.

Basic information about 'We Can Be Heroes'

Distributor: Netflix

Production company: Double B

Cast: YaYa Gosselin, Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jones, Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Christopher McDonald, Adriana Barraza, Vivien Blair, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Akira Akbar, Lyon Daniels, Nathan Blair, Lotus Blossom, Hala Finley, Andy Walken, Dylan Henry Lau, Andrew Diaz, Taylor Dooley, Sung Kang, Haley Reinhart, J. Quinton Johnson, Brittany Perry-Russell, Brently Heilbron, JJ Dashnaw

Director-screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez

Producers: Racer Max, Robert Rodriguez

Executive producer: Ben Ormand

Director of photography: Robert Rodriguez

Production designers: Steve Joyner, Caylah Eddleblute

Costume designer: Nina Proctor

Music: Rebel Rodriguez

Editor: Robert Rodriguez

Casting: Mary Vernieu, Michelle Wade Byrd

Rated PG; 100 minutes

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