Big Hero 6 (2014)

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Comic book adaptations are always something interesting, as you never know just how far the film will depart from the source material. That is, if you actually know what the source material is. In this case, I hadn’t the slightest clue about what these comics were and knew very little about the film too. I really do enjoy the Japanese influences and the fact that they were maintained in the film. We now have one of the better animated action films and best looking, I might add.

Baymax is here to help!
Baymax is here to help!

At the age of 13, young and brilliant Hiro (Ryan Potter) has graduated high school and dedicates his time to battling with bots. He hustles everyone he encounters because of his superior intellect, but his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) believes that he should be attending University. At the University, Tadashi has created Baymax (Scott Adsit), an inflatable health robot that will do the world a lot of good. Under the guidance of Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell), the creator of bots, Hiro would get a Grade-A education and his invention of Micro-bots would change the world, but complications arise and Hiro is left to work for himself.

When Baymax is left for Hiro, the two form an unlikely friendship that only grows stronger as they spend more time together. Hiro discovers that his micro-bot technology was stolen by some villain and he believes that villain will use them to wreak havoc upon San Fransokyo. To aid them in their quest for peace, Hiro and Baymax enlist the help of college friends Fred (T.J. Miller), Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), and Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez). Together, they form an unlikely super team that might just have what it takes to save the day.

Hiro and Baymax get acquainted.
Hiro and Baymax get acquainted.

Big Hero 6 presents a highly enjoyable mixture of a Disney film with Marvel characters and the final product is one suitable for everyone of all ages. I knew next-to-nothing about this film going into it and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and found myself behaving like a child again (in the best of ways, of course). This film is a ton of fun and it really does a great job of reaching out to all sorts of audience members with its diversity, comedy, themes, drama, and above all, its action. Rest assured, this is exactly the type of film to take the whole family to.

The fact that these characters are all derived from Marvel Comics makes more and more sense as the film progresses, as they all inhibit the genius superhero characteristics. There is an evil villain and a cool technology that could be used against the world, so naturally our heroes suit up to defend their home. Now, we’ve seen the Avengers kick butt and it looks insanely awesome. In a world where 3D Animation hurts the eyes and looks bad, these 6 Heroes kicking butt in 3D looks really amazing! The crisp nature of the effects and the seamless transitions makes everything flow so smoothly and pop right off the screen. For kids, their minds will be blown as they witness this action and for adults, they’ll be extremely impressed that all of this looks so enticing in a movie made for kids.

They must save San Fransokyo!
They must save San Fransokyo!

Disney films have gradually gotten more risque with the innuendos that they get away with and their films have started growing a bit more dark too. With Big Hero 6, they really get away with doing a lot of both of those things, but it’s interesting just how effective they were. The little kids laughed at Baymax’s awkward motions and exclamations, but they also responded really well to the concepts of death and revenge. It helps that every character looks so realistic and that the actors could convey such emotion with only their voices. There were times that my emotions ran a little bit wild and I know that I laughed for the majority of the film, as if I were exactly the same as the 7-year-old sitting next to me.

Baymax will far-and-away be the biggest thing to come out of this film and for good reason: he’s absolutely hilarious, heartwarming, and awesome at the same time. While confined to a certain set of parameters in his programming, his monotonic, robotic voice and misunderstanding of human emotion make him oddly charming and something that you just want to hug. Fred will be another one that the kids love because he’s totally goofy and funny. Wasabi is a hysterical type, Go Go is a serious woman who kicks butt, and Honey Lemon is a quirky hero that’s fun to watch. Hiro gets to have all the good emotions and his complex character is one that stands out as one of Disney’s finest in years.

Meet the new and improved Baymax!
Meet the new and improved Baymax!

The fictional setting of San Fransokyo was a beautiful blend of two completely opposite cultures that combine to make a stunning world. The visuals in Big Hero 6 are top-notch, as the Golden Gate Bridge sequences are among many of this year’s most breathtaking. As far as the story goes, this film isn’t all that different from the Marvel cookie-cutter format. There is some tragedy in the beginning, a hero must overcome his past, the hero bands together with friends, and then they go off to fight the bad guy. It almost works better in an animated film, but it’s still a fairly simple and predictable story. The film does feel a bit over-long and it is especially stuffed by the end, but I wasn’t entirely fazed by either of those things to really call them major quarrels.

Big Hero 6 is a highly appealing comic book themed animated film that provides more than enough for movie goers of all sorts. It’s smart blend of emotion, humor, and exciting action were more than enough to keep me invested in and enjoying in this film. Baymax is enough to make your whole day and the added bonus of his super-powered friends only makes things better. The story could have been better and the writing needs some work, but that’s not nearly enough to detract from the fun to be had while watching this film. I’d be interested to see what lies next for this Disney and Marvel partnership. So far, so good.

Big Hero 6 Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IdMPpKMdcc

3.5 STARS!!!

3.5 / 5 stars     

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