Saturday, December 6, 2014
REVIEW: Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6
Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit
November 7, 2014
Don Hill, Chris Williams
1 hour 42 minutes
You know how one movie might be considered a "kids" movie and another might be considered a "family" movie? Well, "Big Hero 6" is a full-fledged family film, and in the best ways imaginable. With the parade of PG-13 superhero films coming out every year, it's nice to see Marvel let the heads of Disney tinker around with one of their properties while not going in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the surface, this looks like any other superhero film, only it's animated and has a plush robot as one of its main characters. However, looks can be deceiving, as many have already figured out first hand. While this is a superhero film, "Big Hero 6" is a story about the bond between friends and the love a family has for one another. It was these elements that made me fall head over heels for this latest Disney masterpiece.
The lead character, Hiro, is a someone we can all see ourselves in. We all grow up being told that we can do anything we want to if we set our mind to it, but most of the time we manage to slack off and take the easier and sometimes more dangerous roads. Hiro happens to be in the stage of his life where, despite having graduated high school at 13, doesn't want to put his gifted mind to the best of use. I can admit that I am still in this type of phase in my life, though I'm trying to establish a better way to have the best of all worlds I happen to reside in at the moment. Hiro is the type of character that people, especially teenagers, will look at and be like "I've been there." Not only that, but the bond he has with his brother Tadashi is something that many will strike a chord with.
It's no surprise that Tadashi dies in the film, as this has been widely implied and advertised for a while now. However, what makes this different than the many other Disney films where family members die is that we actually get to know and connect with the bond between Hiro and Tadashi. We see how these two mesh with one another and how they influence each other in their motivations and their work. With the film having a good 20-25 minutes worth of chemistry between the brothers, it made Tadashi's death all the more impactful not just for that moment, but also when it's brought back throughout as Hiro's motivation to form the superhero team. It's the things like this that make me maintain faith in the power of movies these days.
Last year, Disney released another film about the love between siblings last year, the worldwide hit "Frozen." I have since re-watched "Frozen" and, to be perfectly honest, I don't find it as great as many others have. Sure it's a well made movie, and it's entertaining overall, but I just don't think it deserves to have been as much of a "cultural movement" as many have made it out to be. But to each his own, the film pleased a lot of people out there, and there's nothing I could do to convince people that it's not as great as they're making it out to be; rather I'm only in charge of recommending what's good, or maybe even great, out now. This film, to me, had the impact on me that "Frozen" unfortunately didn't.
"Big Hero 6" isn't just a great movie in terms of its comedy, storytelling, and empathetic characters, but I personally believe it's the most important movie to see this holiday season. This is the type of film that has something for every family member going to see it, from children to teenagers to parents to even grandparents. It's rare when a movie can be so entertaining and still convey an important message about family and the bond between siblings. This is a sleek, funny, emotionally engaging, and overall wonderful animated flick that made me truly feel Disney's magic for the first time in a while. And if Disney goes through with making a sequel to this film, as their end credits scene teased, then you can count on me being first in line to see it. Even if the film doesn't impress you as much as it did for me, then I guarantee that the short preceding the film, "Feast," will at least put a smile on your face. To be honest, though, I have a feeling it's going to be hard for people to resist the adorable nature of Baymax the robot in this film. That character alone will keep people invested for the 102 minutes that "Big Hero 6" lasts.
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