Big Hero 6 (2015) – Film Review

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Big Hero 6 comes out of Disney’s Animation Studios and takes as its source material a lesser known Marvel comic book property of the same name.  This is perhaps one of the first signs of The Walt Disney Corporation cross fertilising its ever growing list of franchises.

The film tells the story of a teenage boy called Hiro (Ryan Potter) who lives in the fictional city of San Fransokyo who is a bit of whiz kid with an obsession with fighting robots.  Following a fire at a technology showcase he deals with his feelings of loss by weaponising a healthcare robot called Baymax (Scott Adsit).  He goes out to track down the man he believes was responsible for the fire (in a family friendly manner of course).

It feels a as if I’ve arrived at the party after it’s finished with this review given Big Hero 6 was released months ago in North America.  Still for those few who haven’t seen it or like to read all reviews here I go.  The film focuses on how a young person deals with grief albeit set in a fantasy world and does a really good job of setting this up in the first act.  The funniest moments in the film come from Baymax whose naivety and desire to do good at all times lead to some really good one liners.  Big Hero 6 looks fantastic and I really liked how the cultures and sights of the US and Japan were combined to create a believable new world.

The film lets itself down a little as Hiro forms his own mini Avengers and there’s no getting away from the fact that Baymax in his armoured suit looks just like Iron Man.  At this point the human drama starts to take a backseat to spectacle.  There is a scene towards the end as our hero’s face defeat during which the dialogue becomes really clumsy and divorced from everything that has come before it.  It felt like the writers decided they needed a motivational speech but then had no idea what they wanted to say and stumbled through it just to get something on scene.

This film will deliver good box office for weeks to come as it is entertaining enough and while it’s not Disney’s best it is better than most.  My rating 3/5.

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