We Can Be Heroes Is Blowing Up Netflix

Stephen L Dalton

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An Introduction

Pixar proclaims, “Super strength — Elasticity — Turning back time. Alone, their powers are special — together, they may be unstoppable.” We Can Be Heroes is a spin-off of the 2005 film, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D and the Spy Kids.

It is directed, film edited, and written by Robert Rodriguez. Ben Ormand was the producer.

Released on 25 Dec 2020 by Netflix, this one-hour and 40-minute action-comedy is an adventure the entire family can enjoy together. What’s more, the kids will be mesmerized and entertained.

NOTE: There are no spoilers in this review.

The Protagonist

The protagonist would be challenging to nail down because there are so many stars and many who will be catapulted to stardom because of this movie. But if we must name a protagonist, it’s the kids, all of them. They make the film.

The Plot

According to Netflix, “When alien invaders capture Earth’s superheroes, their kids must learn to work together to save their parents — and the planet.”

The Characters

The producers and directors assembled a diverse and stellar cast to portray the heroes and their children. Some reprised their roles from other Spy Kids movies.

MS Granada (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) is the leader of Heroics. IRL, she is the former Miss World, Alex on Quantico, and Baywatch star is one of India’s most loved and highest-paid stars.

Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal) a retired superhero and swordfighter. IRL, he is a Chilean American, formerly Oberyn Martell on GoT and The Mandalorian himself.

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Anita Moreno (Adriana Barraza) Marcus’s mother and Heroics’ trainer. IRL, she is a Mexican teacher, director, and actress.

Miracle Guy (Boyd Holbrook) has superstrength. IRL, he was in Gone Girl, most recently in Netflix’s Narcos.

Tech-No (Christian Slater) is a superhero with immense technological powers. IRL, he has starred in many TV shows, daytime dramas (One Life to Live), movies, and won a Golden Globe for his role in Mr. Robot, excellent casting, right?

Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) with volcanic lava=based superpowers. IRL, she was also Lavagirl in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

Sharkboy (JJ Dashnaw) whose powers are the strength of a shark and water. Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame, who was the original Sharkboy was not available for the role.

Blinding Fast (Sung Kang) has super fast speed. IRL, you might remember him from Fast & Furious.

MS Vox (Hailey Rinehart) has super vocals. IRL, she came in third in the tenth season of American Idol.

Crimson Legend (J. Quinton Johnson) can make a solar explosion.

Red Lightning Fury (Brittany Perry-Russell) uses powers derived from lightning.

Invisi Girl (Jamie Perez) can turn invisible.

Crushing Low (Brently Heilbron) has extraordinary super strength.

Mr. President (Christopher McDonald) recaptures his role from Spy Kids. IRL, you might remember him as Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore.

The Kids

Although they all play their roles very well, Guppy was my favorite.

Missy Moreno (YaYa Gosselin) is Markus Moreno’s daughter.

Wheels (Andy Walken) is a super-intelligent child in a wheelchair. He is Miracle Guy’s son.

Noodles (Lyon Daniels) is stretchable beyond belief and Invisi Girl’s son.

Wild Card (Nathan Blair) is a child with many powers, but self-confidence is not one of them. He is Tech-No's son.

Rewind (Isaiah Russell-Bailey) and Fast Forward (Akira Akbar) are twins who can turn back or fast forward time. Their parents are Crimson Legend & Red Lightning Fury.

Ojo (Hala Finley) can draw the future on her tablet. She is MS Granada's step-daughter.

Face Maker can make any face, particularly someone else’s. He is Crushing Low's son.

Guppy (Vivien Lyra Blair) has the strength of a shark frenzy and can shape water into almost anything. She’s Sharkboy's and Lavagirl’s daughter.

Slo-Mo (Dylan Henry Lau) moves in super slow motion; he’s the son of Blinding Fast.

A Capella (Lotus Blossom) can sing really high or real low to move things. She’s the daughter of MS Vox.

Netflix Trailer: Guppy’s Best Moments

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My Recommendation

This movie was fun, and we enjoyed watching it with the kids. Although it is not directed at adults, the plot is reasonable, and the acting is passable, especially considering it is a kids’ movie.

However, that being said, you can leave the TV as your babysitter and not worry about language, sexual material, or blood and guts. Even violence is directed at the aliens or each other occasionally.

Nonetheless, the violence only furthers the movie’s theme of “working together.”

As a side note, I loved MS Granada; however, I couldn’t see the point in putting her in such a low-cut top with so much cleavage showing. Although I despise censorship, I think the director and production crew should consider their audience. Just my humble opinion, but it did not distract from the movie that much.

This movie will leave you with a good feeling in your heart because you know it was made for the kids, not critics.

As the folks at Rotten Tomatoes so aptly put it, “Although it may be too zany for adults, We Can Be Heroes balances its sophisticated themes with heart and zealous originality.”

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Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in Virtual Reality, Sports, Short Story, Design, and Creativity. I especially like writing about design and home improvements.

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