I had a chance to see the newest film in the Disney Canon: Big Hero 6. I’m not sure you’ll like my review…
We saw it. And it wasn’t bad. Really. It was cute. And fun. And not offensive. But it wasn’t very memorable. It just wasn’t very Disney. It was more like one of the projects they picked up from other companies, like Spirited Away or The Wild.
With one exception, the characters were fun, but not distinct. The main character, Hiro, was full of bitterness and deception. Even though the other supporting characters only met him once, they are determined to be his friend, despite those character flaws. His friends are made up of a surly Japanese girl, a Jeff Spicoli-surfer dude type, a worrywart black guy, and fashionista white girl. The only distinctive character was Baymax, on oversized inflatable robot that was designed as a nurse by Hiro’s brother. His character was enjoyable to watch almost anytime he was on screen. Especially his fist bump!
For no discernable reason, Big Hero 6 takes place in “San Fransokyo.” It’s a futuristic San Francisco that is overrun by a strong Japanese influence. Why? I have no idea. Maybe America has been bought out by a large Japanese company. This is never explained.
It was a very boy-friendly movie, full of action and teenage angst. It fits well in the Disney boy-movie pile with adventure flicks like Treasure Planet and Atlantis. Parts of it were reminiscent of Iron Man, with suits of armor built for Baymax improving with each design. Other bits reminded me of Terminator 2, training a robot to be more human. Some humor was sprinkled throughout, mostly via Baymax.
While marketed as “From the makers of Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen,” it’s not much like either of them. I was so ready to see Frozen. I couldn’t wait! I put a picture of it as my Facebook banner. With Big Hero 6, I was like, “Oh, is that playing already?”
It’s not a musical. There are no catchy songs to download. The female characters will never make the Disney Princess line-up, even by accident, like Alice or Mulan… if they’re remembered at all.
The title… ugh! I had no idea what it meant until the last few minutes of the film. Maybe I’m slow or maybe it’s just bad grammar.
Okay, that’s it. I’m not going to say anything more derogatory about Big Hero 6. It’s very watchable. Kids will like it, boys more than girls. You won’t be stuck having to watch 150 covers of “Let It Go” on Facebook this year. It will be fairly popular for a while, with Beta Max, oops, I mean Baymax toys selling pretty well this Christmas.
My daughter, the Nerdling, has a more positive review:
I like it a lot. I especially like Baymax and Hiro’s friends, because they are funny. Baymax is funny because of things like his fist bump. It was sad when bad things happened to Hiro’s brother, Tadashi. 😦 I didn’t understand the title until the very end. You should see it because it is awesome.
I should add that Baymax was a robot who spent the whole movie trying make Hiro “well” emotionally. While the movie exaggerates this for humor and story, I think we’d have a much happier world if we looked out for each other’s well being as thoroughly as Baymax. That moral is appropriate for any age viewer!
So, should you see it? Sure. Will you like it? Sure. Will you love it? Probably not.
ps. it has a Stan Lee cameo! LOL
Think I’m wrong? Let me know below! Think I’m right? Let me know below! Like bacon? Let me know below!