Saturday, November 8, 2014

BIG HERO 6 movie review

A Marvel Comics property brought to you by Disney Animation that comes across as a mix between Terminator 2 and The Incredibles. Sign me up.

Big Hero 6 is the Disney Aniimation film that loosely adapts the Marvel Comics property of the same name. The film centers around Hiro Hamada, a child prodigy that can do wonders with robotics. Hiro is struggling with a recent tragedy that happened, and when a terrorist threatens the safety of San Fransokyo, he assembles a team of robotics experts and his brother's robot, Baymax, to take him down.

I was really looking forward to this movie, ever since they announced this somewhere around a year and a half ago, mainly because it's a combination of two things I love: Disney Animation and Marvel based movies (both of which are on a hot streak right now). That really proved to be the case with this movie, because if I were to describe Big Hero 6, I'd say it's structured/packaged like a Marvel movie and with the heart of a Disney movie.

This was an absurdly fun and entertaining movie, and that's one of it's biggest strengths. It's action packed, like most superhero films, and it's not even the punch-smash-destroy action. The action sequences are pretty creative thanks to the different abilities our heroes have, and it's very entertaining. Hell, I'd even go as far as to say the final battle sequence of this movie is the best final battle sequence in a comic book movie we've had all year. 

All of our main characters are all full of energy, fun to watch on screen, and all have personality. The voice work is really good too. The characters also really fuel the goofball comedy this movie has, and the comedic timing in this movie is just gold. If the actions sequences, characters, and comedy don't leave you with a big smile on your face, I don't know what will.

All the characters in the team are full of spirit, but the film's focus really isn't on the whole team, but Hiro and Baymax. Hiro and Baymax's friendship is the real heart and driving force of the movie and Hiro is the only character who really goes through an arc, to my slight disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I loved Hiro and Baymax and they're relationship. There were some emotional and beautiful moments with them throughout the film (specifically a flying sequence), but I personally would have liked to see the rest of the team get a little bit more substance and depth. 

The rest of the team were mostly absent from the real emotional moments, and that bummed me out. It felt like they were sidelined into supporting character territory (not that I'm undermining the supporting character category). People will be putting this film along the lines of The Incredibles or this year's Guardians of the Galaxy, and I'd have to disagree with that, because those films had the characters grow as team. The story here was really more about a boy and his robot, sort of like a G-rated Terminator 2.

Big Hero 6 is a super fun and entertaining movie. It combines what I like about superhero movies and Disney movies. It's hilarious, action packed, and the characters have personality, though lacking a bit of depth, but it does function really well with its boy & robot story, delivering quite a few emotional and beautiful scenes, and tugging on your heartstrings the Disney way.

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