Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6 is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, tells the story of a young science genius named Hiro Hamada, who after a certain tragedy in his life, is gifted a robot, Baymax by a loved one. They form a really close friendship and together with a couple of other friends form a group, ‘Big Hero 6’ to stop a villain who has stolen Hiro’s invention for bad terms.
Big Hero 6 in many ways is the best Disney film to have come out in the past few years. The comedy is great; the characters are enjoyable, most of them at least and the action sequences are actually spectacular. The film has its ways of shifting from one action set piece to a great emotional sequence or even to a comedic scene, and it’s a lot of fun to see how these scenes play out. The film is briskly paced and the story does have some elements that are definitely inspired by Brad Bird’s animated films “The Incredibles” and even “The Iron Giant”, but it definitely doesn’t feel like a rip off. The movie, in many ways belongs to Baymax and Hiro, who carry this movie along and are the heart and soul of this movie. When I came out of the theater, their relationship is what really stuck with me, yes I have seen these kinds of movies before, but this one really works out on its own. The other characters that mostly comprise of the group Big Hero 6 are enjoyable to see but in small doses (surprisingly, I found the female characters much more interesting among the side characters than the male ones). There is even one particular character in the movie that got his exit way too early, but was compelling enough none the less.
The animation and the action sequences are great in this film and much of the story is very interesting, I loved the designs of the city San Fansokyo (nice touch), and much of the ideas of science is pretty interesting the action packed climax was really cool and the way they take out the villain is perfectly done. The 3-D is not really worth your money but it is watchable, and there are a lot of things that you will appreciate once you have seen the movie.
But there are some problems that I had, especially with the handling of the villain in this movie (His identity, I won’t spoil). I actually thought he had a great entry, but at the same time he doesn’t really have much of a presence and his plan isn’t actually all that evil once you really think about it. The problem though for me was that he was very much under used, when his backstory is revealed, his motivation is understandable, but they give him very little time to develop and jump straight into the action, in fact there are four action scenes in this film where he is fought against, one of which could have easily been cut out and really give us more of a reason to accept him as a ‘villain’, his story arc doesn’t even have full closure by the time the movie concluded, in the end it was a waste of a potentially great villain. Another problem that I had was with the usage of Hiro’s Aunt Cass (Hiro’s motherly figure) who really proved to be a character that we could really care about but wasn’t in this movie that much, there is even a small story including her relationship with Hiro which was utterly sidelined by the end. The movie’s pacing was also one of the issues that I had, it’s just way too fast paced and really doesn’t feel like a fully realized story, I would have actually preferred a longer run time to let things fall into place a little better.
That said, I do think that this is one of Disney’s better efforts in the last few years and definitely tops the over rated ‘Frozen’, as well as other ventures like ‘Wreck it Ralph’ and ‘The Princess and the Frog’, and in the end I came out very much entertained by the movie. I had a great time and I do think a lot of others will too, there are some flaws, but they are pardonable, simply because the characters are great and Hiro and Baymax are very much memorable, they are the highlight of this movie and I couldn’t help but admire the animation and the effort that was put into this film that doesn’t really feel like most Disney ventures, so I am going with a solid 4, because it’s a lot of fun.