Though greatest recognized for edgier fare, Rodriguez explored his lighter facet with “Spy Youngsters” in 2001 and “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” 4 years later. This new film ties instantly into the latter, that includes the youngsters of these heroes in addition to others — with names like Miracle Man — introduced collectively to avoid wasting the world after their dad and mom get shortly overwhelmed and captured by alien invaders.
Nonetheless, the main focus is squarely on the youngsters, a modestly interesting group led by outsider Missy (YaYa Gosselin), whose foremost ability lies in coaxing her friends about the necessity to function as a staff. That is solely one of many built-in classes, in a “The kids are our future” sort of manner.
Not like the aforementioned motion pictures that characteristic high-school-age youngsters, the youngsters are youthful right here, and the film possesses a sensibility reflecting that even in comparison with, say, Disney Channel-type fare.
This was clearly made for youths, not critics, and the design and motion are vibrant sufficient to divert them. Rodriguez — who additionally produced, edited and shot the movie, working together with his personal youngsters in what’s clearly a household affair — is well-versed in superhero tropes for folks who can respect comic-book satire.
Add it up and “We Can Be Heroes” serves as a really minor addition to Netflix’s kids-and-family tier, for folks in search of one thing new to maintain their tykes occupied. As an apart, the film underscores the present state of streaming, the place no title with a shred of fairness in it — even one as bizarre as “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” — is ever formally out of the operating to make a comeback.
“We Can Be Heroes” premieres Dec. 25 on Netflix.