Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Big Hero 6 (2014) was a great animated movie that was filled with plenty of action an interesting character dynamics.

Marvel and Disney have combined to create another knockout movie with Big Hero 6. Marvel adds the action/adventure style and storyline and Disney fuses it with top-notch animation.  The story focuses on a teenager named Hiro who is this genius robotics engineer much like his older brother, Tadashi.   Now Tadashi had created Baymax, this robot designed to help the sick and wounded; he connected it to his friends and to Hiro so that he could ensure their well being.  I won’t spoil much, but things happen and Hiro needs to reengineer  Baymax without completely eliminating his initial reasons of being created. Together, they must fight this mysterious man in a kabuki mask who is clearly up to something nasty.

There’s so much to like about this film.  The music was very fitting and very modern with no musical numbers. (More often than not, that’s a good thing).  The visuals are beautiful and top notch for this period in animation.  The visuals don’t try to break new ground, but use all of what’s already been established very effectively.  It was a nice movie to look at from start to finish. I loved the hybrid city they live in, San Fransokyo. I was impressed because I felt that if you combined Tokyo and San Francisco into one city, this is kind of how it would look in a futuristic setting.

Tadashi is the awesome older brother of Hiro; both of these characters are amazing with robotics and very knowledgeable in the latest fields of science. Hiro definitely is more innovative, but Tadashi is more mature, composed, and has set goals with what he wants to do in his life. Understandably, Hiro doesn’t have the same motivations and maturity, but his age is a major factor in that and he does mature throughout the movie. I like the character development process in this movie. (It was a bit too perfect at times, but if you want a long development of a character, you may be better off reading a book series.)

Baymax was designed by Tadashi to heal people and help make the world a better place. The situation that comes to be challenges his programming and causes conflict. I thought they’d give that whole identity crisis thing a nod in the movie and then take off in a new direction. Instead, they made that a big focus in the film  and I loved the personality that Baxmax exudes.

The humor worked often, but not always. This movie designed itself as geared towards action/adventure and while it had it’s laughs, it didn’t force extra comedy that wasn’t needed. The other thing I enjoyed was that sometimes these animated movies really push an idea or moral concept.  This movie has these ideas that can inspire hope, self-improvement, and the like, but it doesn’t spoon- feed it to you.  If you want to take something from this movie, you need to think about it and build the case for yourself.

There is a group of collegiate scientists in this movie that become very important to the storyline. They were likable enough, but they never added much depth to the characters.  I’d like to have known and cared a little more about them then I did. That was probably my biggest issue with the movie.

Overall, this was easily among the best animated movies of the year.  The humor was effective, the visuals were incredible (though not game changing), the main characters were great. It was a fun time at the movies and in a year that had very few movies for younger audiences, this movie can be acceptable for younger kids above the age of seven I’d say.

I give this movie a grade of an A-.  If you prefer numerical I will say 91/100.

Did you watch Big Hero 6?  What did you think?

 

Added 11/7/14

My thoughts the day after are that this movie is still really good.  I did want to add however that the villain worked, but there was nothing exceptional about him.  The villain had potential to be a bit deeper than he was, but the movie did not capitalize on the idea.  Again, he worked for the film, but I won’t remember much at all about him.

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