Fist Bump *Bata-lata-lata-la*
DIRECTED BY: Don Hall & Chris Williams
WRITTEN BY: Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird
STARRING: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk & Maya Rudolph
SYNOPSIS: An unlikely duo of robotics genius Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his robot companion Baymax (Scott Adsit) team up with their friends to form Big Hero 6, a group of high-tech heroes who seek to bring justice to those responsible for their friend’s demise.
FULL REVIEW: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Bits I Loved
- The premise allowed Disney to explore the superhero theme that has taken over Hollywood in a light-hearted animated film. The premise of a group of scientists coming together to form a team of tech-heroes is pretty interesting, taking a new spin at the superhero genre.
- The story went above and beyond what I had expected. The film got the audience fully invested in the relationship between Hiro, Tadashi and Baymax. The main characters of Hiro, Tadashi and Baymax are all incredibly likeable. The empathy that builds up between the brothers helps set up the amazing relationship of Hiro and Baymax, which is the heart and soul of this film.
- The script was amazing, particularly the dialogue. The dry humour of Baymax’s literal understanding of the world makes the movie enjoyable no matter your age. The highlight of the film is Baymax’s behaviour during low battery, which is comparable to the behaviour of a very drunk individual. In a child-centric film such as this it was great that the writers were able to include jokes for an older audience.
- The animation is stunning with some shots appearing eerily life-like. Disney shows that they don’t need Pixar’s help to create a beautifully animated film. Love the way the humans were crafted. I’m very iffy when it comes to slight variations through different films, but Big Hero 6 did great in that department.
- The themes and emotion in the film are incredibly developed and prominent. I like when a film takes me on a roller coaster ride through issues and feelings, gets the audience more invested.
- The ability for the director to keep the film at a reasonable length while setting up such a diverse and information-heavy origin story. If the film was not animated I would guarantee that the film would have been longer, but it’s great to see that the filmmakers knew animated films shouldn’t be longer than two hours.
Bits I Hated
- The supporting cast was very archetypical, particularly the four remaining members of Big Hero 6. Each filled a persona to relate to a niche audience. They didn’t get enough screen time to fully develop out of these archetypes. They were unbelievably good-looking and sassy which made them slightly hard to empathize with. Due to their lack of charm it is hard to anticipate a sequel with these uninteresting characters.
- I found it a bit annoying to constantly hear Honey Lemon pronounce Hiro with an accent. No one else in the movie did. The other team members didn’t, his aunt didn’t, heck even his half-Japanese brother didn’t. If Hiro and his brother aren’t pronouncing his name that way, why would Honey Lemon deliberately do it? It got annoying after the first few times. Figured Hiro should have said something considering how sassy he was.
- I didn’t really have an opinion on the soundtrack. Obviously it must have accented the scenes, but it wasn’t memorable enough to make it noteworthy.
Big Hero 6 is a heartwarming, action-packed comedy adventure film that brings the superhero trend to Disney Animation studios and they certainly hit it out of the park. It is beautifully animated, fantastically written and remembered for its delightfully charming companion robot Baymax, who is essentially the more well-versed version of Pixar’s Wall-E. The story instantly encapsulates the audience in the world of Sanfransokyo with a group of charismatic and empathetic characters, which is certainly what Disney does best.
I was a bit disappointed with the lack of character depth for the other members of the Big Hero 6 team. Outside Hiro and Baymax the remaining four receive little screen time with each being forced into a rather archetypical mould. If Disney plans to make this the beginning of franchise, then the next instalment needs to create dynamism with the other characters or else the story will fall flat with little investment from the audience. It would also help if Honey Lemon didn’t put an accent on anything Japanese when she is caucasian and the only character who does it, but that’s just personal opinion.
Big Hero 6 delivers an animated superhero film for all ages to enjoy. Between its entertaining characters, engaging story and witty dialogue, Baymax brings you the best medicine a healthcare robot can provide: laughter. This is definitely a movie to see in theatres whether it be with the family, couple or heck even a few friends. But be warned that your heart strings will be pulled. Just remember to fist bump them away. *Bata-lata-la*
- Best Animated Film (Guaranteed)
1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent
★★★★ – Premise
★★★★ – Story
★★★☆ – Characters
★★★★ – Visual Effects
★★★★ – Dialogue
★★★★ – Visuals
★★☆☆ – Soundtrack
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10 – Recommend
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