Big Hero 6 (2014) – movie review

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With the currently commencing school holidays and my upcoming viewing of Disney’s Zootopia, I thought I’d dig deep into my film record and review something similarly recent and chrome.

Big Hero 6 follows Hiro, a young genius inventor who finds a best friend in the robot Baymax, an inflatable friend whose only purpose is to physically and emotionally care for humans. A tragic incident suddenly spirals Hiro and Baymax to unite with friends in an adventure in which a luchador wizard must be defeated.

I honestly didn’t want to write “luchador wizard” but it was the only explanation my mind could provide.

All of the characters in this film are quite perfected visions of their one-word character descriptions. There is an aunt in the film whose entire character design is drawn on the word “aunt”, a geek whose entire character is “geek”, a comic relief whose entire character is “comic relief”, etc.

The one character exempt from this is Baymax, so loveable you just want to give him a hug but more importantly, original. Marvel (this movie is based on a Marvel comic by the way) has managed to design a character who is unintelligent but not stupid. He’s simply tunnel-minded and has all of his focus on one goal meaning everything else is blocked out. He’s just uninformed.

An area in which Big Hero 6 succeeds incredibly is in its colour. Big Hero 6 has incredible colour. Whether the audience is situated in a robot-fighting alleyway or flying through a bustling futuristic utopia, Big Hero 6‘s San Fransokyo is the most vibrantly colourful city I’ve ever seen in a film, animated or real.

Another area in which Big Hero 6 succeeds in is its first half of the story. I won’t mention names but there is a death early on in the film which sends Hiro into a period of grief where he finds himself deepest in the comforting arms of the uninformed Baymax.

During this section of the film, Marvel (this film is based on a Marvel comic by the way) had presented a story which wasn’t entirely based on tangible action. It felt like this could’ve been a whole animated film about grief and what you take away from death but this is a Disney movie, I get it, you don’t want to make all the kids in the audience cry, just at least keep the grief element in the background. Right?

The one massive area that bugs me in Big Hero 6 is the entirety of the film post-grief stage. Don’t misread that and think that I’m a huge fan of grief because I’m not, I’m just saying that after that part of the film, the film exchanges potential heart for one of the most cliché superhero stories in recent years.

The adventure that Baymax and Hiro are thrust into is fun and enjoyable and light but we really have seen it a hundred times before and as soon as it starts, you know how it ends. I really just stayed for the beautiful animation.

Big Hero 6 boasts one of the most lovable characters in animated film history (also quite an original guy) going on an adventure through an incredibly colourful city with some incredible detail.

The story begins with a glimmer of depth not usually reached in superhero/animated films and then suddenly rejects that glimmer in turn for an adventure movie we’ve seen before many times. A fine animated film that doesn’t pull at the heart strings but it makes you think that it’s going to.

What did you think of Big Hero 6? Leave your comment on the side and don’t forget to follow my Instagram page for movie posters.

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