Rikus Grobler | Oct 11, 2017 | 0
Big Hero 6- Film Review
Walt Disney has always been famous for its whimsical magic-inspired, fairytale type of stories, and this time the team that brought us”Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” brings us “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot that has the ability to heal diseases, and his prodigy, 14-year old Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter).
Following the death of his elder brother, Tadashi, after a fire in a college, Hiro is hurt, lost and very angry. He sets off to avenge his brother’s death when he realizes that the fire was not an accident. The film is set in the city of San Fransokyo (a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo) and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger. He turns to Baymax and his close friends, adrenaline junkie Go Go (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and fan-boy Fred (T.J Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”
Driven by their thirst for adventure, the team sets in motion the plan to catch Tadashi’s murderer but instead gets surprised when they discover that Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell) is in fact not who they thought he was. This discovery makes Hiro even more determined to avenge his brother’s death but with the help of Baymax, he is forced to go through the real process of therapy, something that is more wholesome than sweet, raw revenge.
See, the thing about Baymax is that he is no ordinary robot. In fact, he is very far from the typical robot. Baymax is so calm he comes off as more human than most people I know. It is not only his exterior that is soft and cuddly, but his inside too. There is just something warm that creeps into your heart when he speaks. Unlike most other robots, Baymax is a truthful and loving companion.
However, as the plot of the story unfolds, it tends to be a little predictable. Predictable as it may be, it teaches viewers that vengeance is not always best as Hiro learns his ‘lesson’ after first switching Baymax’s microchip, transforming him into a violent robot with enhanced karate skills, only to suddenly realize that he was echoing Professor Callaghan’s vengeance and realizing he needs to turn the robot back into a kindly, attending physician.
Maybe it’s because I have watched too many movies and series to count, but I’ve grown comfortable with not really knowing the outcome.
But all that is masked by an incredible script as the characters, especially Fred, are funny and very entertaining even for adults. Oh yes, this is not just a movie to be enjoyed only by children, it carries a clear and meaningful message of love, compassion and friendship, a friendship like no other, that we all desire. What it lacks in the element of surprise, is made up for greatly in humour.
Big Hero 6 is undoubtedly an entertaining movie. You have fun, action and likable characters including the supporting characters, not just Hiro and Baymax. It is great to watch if you are not someone that watches movies with the view of nit picking all the wrongs in the film. It is warm, adorable and funny. It is also suited for the entire family. Overall, Big Hero 6 earns an awesome 5 stars from us.