‘Big Hero 6’ Review
Disney Animation has certainly gotten its groove back, and mixing the Disney cute factor with Marvel storytelling and characters has created a wonderful gem of a film in Big Hero 6. The film exudes all the charm and beauty of any established Disney film, and is therefore a bit predictable, but we are won over by the loveable marshmallow, the healing hero and his friends who enrapture us in their story and take us along for the ride. Big Hero 6 is an excellent example of great animation, and above all else, it is a good story with good characters that suck us in as it caters to audiences young and old.
In the city of San Fransokyo, Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) seems to have finally found his way out of the robot fighting ring and into “nerd” school thanks to his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney). When personal tragedy strikes the orphan, Hiro retreats into himself until Tadashi’s medical robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit) come to his aid. Meanwhile, attacks by a mysterious figure in a Kabuki mask are terrorizing the city’s tech world, and Hiro recruits his school friends to become unlikely superheroes to help him solve the mystery and save the city.
The story of Big Hero 6 is very much a Disney type film featuring a story of rising above expectations and pain to become more than you ever thought possible. It is a story that is very recognizable to the point that we can fairly easily guess what is coming next. There are very few distinguishing factors between Big Hero 6 and other Disney films with the same basic themes, character motivations and journeys. However, if this is the film’s only weak point, Disney has done well, and the film’s most loveable character raises it above the simple story in terms of entertainment to the point that we don’t mind the level of predictability.
As with most animated films, it is one either incredibly cute or quirky (funny) character that makes the film, and in the case of Big Hero 6, it is the squishy, loveable, fabulously robotic Baymax voiced to perfection by Scott Adsit. Not only is Adsit’s tone of voice perfect for the marshmallow nurse, but also, the way that he performs every line makes us love the character even more. Baymax becomes more than what he was originally programmed to be as the action heats up, but Adsit makes sure that the robot never loses his huggable, incredibly endearing, and funny qualities. His performance is simply brilliant for the character that is the true heart of the film.
Along with the characters, the screenplay adapted from the original comic is cleverly written to appeal to all types of audiences. It’s hard to not enjoy a film that’s script draws inspiration from not only familiar animation tropes but also superhero geekdom, and Big Hero 6 mixes both with ease. The pace of the film is the perfect length for the story, and the clever script reflects the pace with the timing of each joke, heartfelt moment, and action packed sequence. It is a fun story with an equally fun script.
Though the animation could belong to any modern day Disney film, visually, the film flows smoothly and the bright colors create a great landscape. The cinematography of the action and flying sequences comes close to How to Train Your Dragon level of beauty, and the editing generates a great momentum for these scenes. The sound effects and music enhance the film incredibly well to create a fully rounded film that hits the intended mark.
In Big Hero 6, Disney has created a sweet film with a simple story that is told well. Though the characters and the story are all quite recognizable to the point that we know pretty much where the film will lead, the film is still incredibly entertaining and just good fun. It is the ensemble cast of characters that elevate the simple story above its predicable simplicity, mostly in the form of Baymax. It is his loveable personality and Scott Adsit’s brilliant vocal performance that steals the show and makes the film an amusing, enjoyable watch.(4 / 5)
(Photos copyright: Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures)