When Big Hero 6 was first announced, the first thing to mind is a more serious themed movie seeing how Marvel has a super hero team of the same name and cinema world is exploding with various Marvel movie announcements. When I finally saw the poster, I had a big question mark on my head as there was a harmless looking soft mush mellow inspired robot named Baymax.
The 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and is the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel Comics characters. What this means is that the same people who gave us Frozen is going to try their hands on bringing Marvel to life in animated form and it is anything but serious.
The story starts with two brilliant brothers who lost their parents since they were young. Tadashi, the older of the two, is working on Baymax, a robot to benefit mankind while the younger Hiro occupies himself with robot battling and uses his immense knowledge to defeat opponents with ease. Yet things change when Hiro’s attention turns towards entering the University Tadashi is currently in. What was supposed to be a joyous occasion when Hiro makes it in turns into an unexpected disaster. Yet out of this comes a friendship between boy and robot that will change their lives forever.
If anything, Big Hero 6 is a very family orientated movie that talks about doing what is right and not letting your emotions cloud your judgement. It also talks about sacrifice, friendship and ultimately the value of a human life. Of course the super hero theme is loud and while it is nowhere near the dark themed life action Marvel movies of late, it finds its own niche in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although the story is rather simple and predictable, the visuals more than make up for it. High tech San Fransokyo is created with details that would make some triple A current generation video games look B grade. The nice blend of bay area architecture integrates nicely with the Asian inspired Tokyo theme definitely works very well for Big Hero 6.
Overall While Big Hero 6 comes highly recommended for families, this is one movie that adults can appreciate too.
Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars.
Oh and with all Marvel movies, you are highly encouraged to stay back after the credits to catch an interesting side to a persistent cameo in Marvel movies of late.
Movie Stills courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
by Kenneth Wong.
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