We Can Be Heroes, the preview of Netflix's Christmas movie

We Can Be Heroes, the preview of Netflix's Christmas movie
We Can Be Heroes is Robert Rodriguez's new film available on Netflix starting December 25th. The film sees the Mexican director, as well as the direction, also as the screenwriter and producer of the children's film that closes this tragic 2020 for the world of cinema. Among the protagonists of the film, one name stands out among all, that of Pedro Pascal, who we recently saw protagonist in the second season of The Mandalorian available on Disney Plus. The other protagonists are all very young including the protagonist Missy Moreno played by YaYa Gosselin, who in the film plays the role of Pedro Pascal's daughter aka Marcus Moreno. So what awaits us in this film? We had the pleasure of previewing it and here are our impressions.

We Can Be Heroes (just for one day)

We Can Be Heroes tells a story of friendship and solidarity and resumes the themes dear to Rodriguez since he decided to devote himself to films aimed at a different target than his usual, children. The film is the natural sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, a 2005 film that tells of a child's dreams that come to life, through a beautiful parallelism between dream and reality.

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In We Can Be Heroes, however, reality takes over the imagination and a group of kids, children of superheroes, must save their parents from an alien threat that has kidnapped and incarcerated them. The parents of these children are part of the Heroics team, a group of superheroes who protect planet Earth from all looming threats.

From what we already learn from the first images of the film, Missy Moreno, orphaned of mother, is the daughter of Marcus Moreno, the former leader of the Heroics called back into service given the serious alien threat that wants to destroy the planet. Missy is placed, in the Heroics base, in the learning class of the other children of the superhero team, where she meets many children with superpowers.

Missy and the other children will have to try to save both the Earth and their parents , in a dense succession of catastrophic events, both for them and for all humanity. The boys will be called to face a very difficult challenge, to the sound of superpowers, which will lead them to become more and more aware of their real abilities and, above all, of teamwork, essential to achieve increasingly important goals. Following the example of their parents, the children will team up and combine their powers and their intelligence to reach a goal that is far more people than they do and to finally be able to hug their parents again.

The protagonists of the film , then, they manage to give the public a pleasant interpretation and play the role of little superheroes in a fairly correct way. Certainly the acting is a bit emphasized but, considering the target audience of the film, it is absolutely functional to the message the film wants to send.

The film and its teachings

We Can Be Heroes is a film that is aimed at a very young target audience and manages to give an excellent teaching on the collaboration between different forces and abilities, without losing sight of inclusion. In fact, those who seem to be the two boys with the least powers turn out to be the ones who, most of all, manage to give a greater contribution to the group of baby superheroes.

For this reason, the film is an excellent work entertainment but also teaching, because it helps children understand what it means to collaborate and help each other. The film, then, is not lacking in funny scenes and follows the boys throughout their journey, from mutual acquaintance to actual action. Between learning, failures and awareness, Rodriguez's film is really well packaged and shows a beautiful cross-section of everyday life that unites many young people.

At school as well as in sport and active life, every young person is called to do its part for the community and for itself, We Can Be Heroes shows all this in an environment and in a phantasmagoric story which, however, has real and tangible feedbacks, which can accompany the little spectators in the daily journey of their lives.

Even the villain on duty (whose identity we do not reveal to avoid spoilers) is well built and is really "who you don't expect", the person who most of all should protect young people superheroes and educating them to manage their powers.


We Can Be Heroes is a great product, even if it has some limitations. It certainly teaches younger people how to share experiences and be open to the inclusion of diversity in general, but it simplistically reduces a story that could have given much more, as does the sequel from which the film is based, The Adventures of Sharkboy. and Lavagirl.

But, as we all know, Robert Rodriguez is like a mad hatter, in the true sense of the word, and he could pull any type of rabbit out of his hat. Also in this case, in fact, he gives the public a product that is easy to use and that manages to entertain and make the youngest thinkers, personally involved in the narration. The film is definitely recommended for spending a family evening in the company of the little ones, because the teachings and storytelling, as well as the art sector, are well suited to the carefree atmosphere of the holidays.

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