Quick Hit: Predictable from start to finish, the movie somehow manages to finds its heart through Baymax and colorful characters.
Marvel and Disney seemingly own the world. As a DC Fanboy in most respects, that hurts a bit, but it’s largely true. But sometimes it goes to show that these small properties are good too. That’s because Big Hero 6 is a Marvel property, despite the fact that they probably didn’t even remember they owned it. And you know what, this movie won an Oscar for best Animated feature in 2015. Do I think it deserved that? Eh. But it’s a decent animated film.
Let’s start with just that – the animation. It’s tremendous throughout. There are some amazing colors that are always being thrown at the screen. Along with that, nearly every scene drips with movement. Very rarely is someone standing still, and if they are, it isn’t for long. The bright colors help with the fact that we have never seen these characters before, because you can attach a color to a person and better remember that person’s name (seems simple, but too often in films this isn’t done).
Along with that, the characters are really fun. The super powered beings are enjoyable, and the voice acting on their part is great. And Baymax may be one of the most original and heartening characters ever created. It’s great to see that one character who isn’t even human somehow controls the movie perfectly, being the heart, the brains, and the soul of it. That’s due first to the animation, which brings to life what is essentially a balloon. After that, it’s Scott Adsit’s voice that lends a perfect huggability to the character.
For me though, what kills this film is the completely unoriginal story. For something that has such good characters to be let down like this is a bit of a travesty. To have a movie that is nearly excellent and instead falls to good is even worse. Everything about the film’s story feels recycled, down to the twists that can barely be called that. All the moments that should hurt the most don’t, and all the anger and sadness get sucked out of the rest. It’s because when you are constantly choreographing your spin move, eventually the opponent catches on and smacks your shot out of the sky (basketball metaphor - it is March Madness after all).
Overall I think kids will enjoy it, and most people will overall – but it wasn’t the best Disney film I’ve seen this year. I’m giving Big Hero 6 a “B-“.
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