Saturday, November 1, 2014

Big Hero 6
Releases November 7th, 2014
Rated PG
1 hr 48 mins


Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada
Scott Adsit as Baymax
Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago
Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi
Génesis Rodríguez as Honey Lemon
T. J. Miller as Fred / Fredzilla
Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada
Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass
James Cromwell as Professor Robert Callaghan
Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei

Review by Stephen M.

Big Hero 6, Disney's answer to Frozen for boys is an animation worthy of the whole family.  Big Hero 6, a creation of Marvel Comics but made cuter and more kid friendly by Disney is led by Hiro (Ryan Potter) and his robot Baymax (Scott Adsit) along with his friends.  Even though the film makes no mention of its Marvel roots, there is an appearance of a certain longtime Marvel creator during the film and after the end credits.

The story's focus is on Hiro, a teenage whiz kid that would rather participate in illegal bot fights than be productive like his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney).  When Hiro inherits his brother's robot Baymax, circumstances forces Hiro, Baymax and Tadashi's former peers to team up as costumed armored super-heroes.  What you will love about the film is the humor of the film especially of Baymax's interaction with the world around him.  Scott Adsit does an amazing job despite the limitations of acting as a robot.  The character designs of both him and the other characters are impressive as well as the world built around them in the futuristic San Fran/Tokyo city.  Besides Scott Adsit, Ryan as Hiro also does a great job especially in the scene where Hiro finds out who the villain actually is. 

What you may not like about the movie, at least I didn't is that the movie drags a bit in parts as well speeds through other parts which didn't help with the overall movie.  Case in point when the team gets their suits from Hiro, the speed with which they acclimate themselves is unbelievable even taking into consideration their intelligence. While most of the super heroes have impressive character designs, the villain is quite the opposite, with only a kabuki mask and dark jacket and clothing.  He becomes even more unimpressive, when his identity and motives are revealed. 

Overall, I still highly enjoyed the film and would recommend seeing it with the family.  Even young kids can enjoy the humor of Baymax and adults who are into the super hero genre will enjoy the rest.  Added to the very good film is an amazing soundtrack that fits the film perfectly in mood, with a mostly feel good rock beat.   Remember to stay after the credits for the bonus scene and then comes the long wait for the sequel that they are bound to make.


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