Tweetable Takeaway: Big Hero 6 is a movie for all ages that gives thrills and feels in addition to all the bright colors.
By: Wil Loper, Contributor
The movie begins with Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) entering in robot fight clubs, hustling the other robot fighters like Paul Newman, if Paul Newman had a mini bot knocking all his pool balls in for him. Things get hairy, and his brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) steps in and saves him. Tadashi wants Hiro to use his smarts in college, but Hiro would rather make the quick buck. But once Tadashi shows Hiro the robot room at his college with all his friends making super cool stuff, Hiro is hooked. He just has to show off something really nifty and he’s in. Hiro creates mind-controlled miniature robots, but a fire destroys both the bots and kills his brother.
His brother leaves behind a large inflatable robot named Baymax, whose sole purpose is to heal and provide care. When Hiro finds out his microbots weren’t actually destroyed, and are now being used by an evil masked man, he sets out to take the man in the Kabuki mask down. Much of the movie’s hilarity comes with the divide between Baymax existing to be a caretaker and Hiro needing him to run, punch, fight, or do anything that involves urgency or violence.
The way in which the plot unfolds is done perfectly. The story points are clever, and the cause and effect is thought out well. There are no cheap coincidences that movies geared toward children sometimes take, and the movie is extremely enjoyable because of it. There are no lulls throughout, and a twist halfway through keep the story interesting. There are many moments in this movie culled from sources. There is a training montage we’ve all seen a million times before. The twist might be one some see coming. Despite all this, the movie moves briskly enough that the tropes never become tiring.
The emotional core is solid in Big Hero 6. Hiro and Tadashi’s connection is palpable, and carries over to Hiro and Baymax effortlessly. Since Tadashi invented Baymax, after Tadashi’s death Hiro now associates Baymax with his brother. The emotional feels that come from this hit right on the aortas. This movie may surprise the more hear-hardened by squeezing out a tear or two. And what about Baymax himself? Baymax is as endearing as a character can get. When he hugs Hiro, one can almost feel his squeezable inflated body squishing out the movie screen. Heck, I sure wish it did.
As hinted at above, Big Hero 6 is a movie that does not cut corners just because it’s geared toward children. This is one of those movies that proves that just because it’s animated and at first glance seems to be a kiddie movie, can be enjoyed by all ages. This is not a movie that slaps a bunch of bright colors on a serviceable but bland story. This is the movie that other children’s movies should be held up to, and should attempt to strive for. The best kids movies can be enjoyed as younger, and shouldn’t become cheesy and bad as soon as the kid grows up and realizes how crappy the movie really is. Big Hero 6 provides thrills, feels, and is genuine every step of the way. I give it 4.5 marshmallow robots out of 5.
Score: 4.5 out of 5