A superhero action movie made for kids and suitable for pretty much everyone. Big Hero 6 was quite the entertaining film; with its quality effects, relatable characters, and aesthetically pleasing siblings, Disney was on point….almost. The problem with many of the company’s movies seems to be the pacing of their story lines, and Big hero 6 was no exception. Though it was enjoyable, the rising action leading to the climax was incredibly rushed and felt forced.
Very loosely based off of the 1998 comics by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, we start off with the protagonist, Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), a genius who graduated high school at the tender age of thirteen. He is inspired by his older brother, Tadashi Hamada (Daniel Henny), to apply to a prestigious college with an advanced robotics program. Sadly, he loses Tadashi in a tragic accident. Mourning over his brothers death he befriends his brother’s invention; Baymax, a squishy and lovable healthcare robot made to help people. Our villain is a man in a coat and a kabuki mask who can telepathically control nanobots. Hiro teams up with an unlikely group of nerds and with the aid of their intelligence and super gadgets, they take on the mysterious and powerful kabuki man.
Rushed story aside, Big Hero 6 was really enjoyable. The team of heroes truly gave the film its back bone. With an incredibly diverse group of personas, everyone is guaranteed to relate to at least one of the quirky characters. Not incuding Hiro and Baymax (Scott Adsit), the team consists of GoGo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Fred. Watching the relationship between Baymax and Hiro grow to become the leading duo was an emotional and heart warming experience. This film was filled with notable favorites including explosions, humor, robots, and cry worthy scenes that will make even the most manly of men shed a tear.
It was incredibly refreshing to see a movie where nerds and intelligence are put into good light. Our protagonists use their wit, skills, and considerably high IQs to, spoiler, save the day. Showing that being smart is cool and loving to learn is wonderful as an empowering influence on future generations which is probably my favorite part of Big Hero 6. I can only hope that kids take the lessons this film provides to heart and create the most amazing things (maybe even their very own Baymax). You can’t help but leave the theater with a bounce in your step after this movie
This movie had a spectacular group of voice actors. Baymax being the most enjoyable of all. Scott Adsit did a wonderful job as the calm and collective robot. You can’t help but fall in love with the marshmallow fluff that is Baymax. There were also recognizable voices like Damon Wayans Jr. (Wasabi), known for his role as Coach in New Girl. Big Hero 6 will surely be a push forward for all of the cast and I wouldn’t be surprised if they appear in future films (a sequel perhaps).
Big Hero 6 is definitely worth watching, twice or maybe even three times. I highly recommend staying after the credits for an appearance of a very important person in the Marvel universe.
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